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    Which Modern 360mm Lens?

    Aside from image circle and max. aperture, are there any important differences between the modern 360mm lenses from the big four: Fuji W 360/6.3; Fuji CMW 360/6.5; Nikon W 360/6.5; Schneider APO Symmar 360/6.8, Rodenstock Sironar N 360/3.8?

    For portraits on 5x7 and 8x10.

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    Re: Which Modern 360mm Lens?

    They are all too sharp??? What about a 14 in Commercial Ektar? Or one of the Kodak Portrait lenses? Or, good god, one of those mushy things Galli uses. KFry

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    Re: Which Modern 360mm Lens?

    The Rodenstock's Apo-Sironar-S lens is considered by many to be the sharpest lens from the "big four". Although many people like the look produced by classic lenses.

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    Re: Which Modern 360mm Lens?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Fry View Post
    They are all too sharp??? What about a 14 in Commercial Ektar? Or one of the Kodak Portrait lenses? Or, good god, one of those mushy things Galli uses. KFry
    How different would the image from a modern lens be from that of a Commercial Ektar, if they were both shot wide open?

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    Re: Which Modern 360mm Lens?

    In addition to the huge 5.6 plastmats, you should also include lenses like the G-Claron
    and Fuji-A, which although out of production and originally intended for closeup work,
    have proven extemely versatile and are fully modern in design. There are also quite a
    few graphics lenses in this focal length which have been successfully adapted to camera use and are certainly equal to the plastmats in terms of resolution, though with
    smaller maximum apertures. Generally, the look of all these "modern" modern lenses is
    somewhat different than the old classics like the dagor or commercial Ektar, but it all
    depends what you need.

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    Re: Which Modern 360mm Lens?

    There are also barrel-mounted lenses (no shutter) which you can use if you're equipped appropriately. I have a wonderful 360 APO-Nikkor lens, in barrel, that is superb for close work and portraits. It's rather small. Like vintage barrel lenses whose apertures are virtually round, it has a 12-bladed diaphragm.

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    Re: Which Modern 360mm Lens?

    Ron, I'm very happy with my Schneider G-Claron 355mm.

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    Re: Which Modern 360mm Lens?

    To address your original question: It's unlikely that you'd see important differences between the 'big 4'. Their design and construction standards are very similar- extremely high. Your intended application doesn't come anywhere close to the performance limits of those lenses- even if you're enlarging to 30x40". The chief difference between the modern multicoated plasmats and 'classics' like the 14" Ektar will be in contrast, not resolution. That's without getting into extremely personal ideas about out-of focus rendition, etc. So you could hardly go wrong with any of them.

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    Re: Which Modern 360mm Lens?

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Wiley View Post
    In addition to the huge 5.6 plastmats, you should also include lenses like the G-Claron
    and Fuji-A, which although out of production and originally intended for closeup work,
    have proven extemely versatile and are fully modern in design. There are also quite a
    few graphics lenses in this focal length which have been successfully adapted to camera use and are certainly equal to the plastmats in terms of resolution, though with
    smaller maximum apertures. Generally, the look of all these "modern" modern lenses is
    somewhat different than the old classics like the dagor or commercial Ektar, but it all
    depends what you need.
    I'm looking for a lens with a large aperture to shoot wide open, so something between 5.6 and 6.8.

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    Re: Which Modern 360mm Lens?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Lee View Post
    There are also barrel-mounted lenses (no shutter) which you can use if you're equipped appropriately. I have a wonderful 360 APO-Nikkor lens, in barrel, that is superb for close work and portraits. It's rather small. Like vintage barrel lenses whose apertures are virtually round, it has a 12-bladed diaphragm.
    If I can't find what I want in shutter I might go for a barrel lens (with Sinar shutter, or get it mounted).

    I have only modern lenses. I have seen images from Heliars and soft-focus and Pretzvals, and they all have a distinctive signature.

    But I am curious how subtle the difference would be between the image from something not so recent, such as a Commercial Ektar 360/6.3 and modern lens such as a Fuji 360/6.3?

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