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    150mm lens options

    Hello,

    I'm in the market for a 150mm lens for my Technika V. I already have a cam and distance scale for a 150mm. I'd like a lens that will fold up in the camera. I mostly shoot transparencies for landscape work. I'd also like to use this handheld occasionally and spend less than $250. It would be nice to have a period Linhof lens (60's/70's) for the camera, but are modern lenses significantly better for color transparencies? Suggestions?

    Thanks

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    Re: 150mm lens options

    I think the older Schneider Symmars render beautifully. Compared to a recent lens, you might say the older lenses are smoother, the newer ones contrasty. On a micro-level, the newer ones will test slightly sharper but I wouldn't characterize a 1960s Symmar as being a soft lens.

    The sloped sided black rim Linhof Compur shutters used back then are also very nice, although sometimes the higher 1/400th speed is not working. But they were the last to have the nicer circular aperture openings, which improves the bokeh. I also like the way the single coated lenses handle flare (although the modern lenses flare less often to be sure).

    The old Xenar 150/4.5 is nice too, softer on the edges so the story goes, but as sharp as ever in the center. Nice for most things except super fussy architecture or flat plane still-life.

    I'd avoid going too early with Rodenstocks, they often had separation issues in the 70s vintage. A little Schneideritis is nothing in comparison. But by the early 80s I think Rodenstock was top quality.

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    Re: 150mm lens options

    Take a look at the lightweight 150mm Nikkor W. I love mine, although for landscapes I more often than not tend to reach for the 115mm Grandagon.

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    Re: 150mm lens options

    I think you may find that 150mm is a nominal dimension. Lenses from different manufacturers may not have the same focal distance. So, that cam may just be approximate unless you have the same lens that it was calibrated for.

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    Re: 150mm lens options

    If you already have a cam for a 150 then you need to find the specific l;ens that the cam was cut for. Otherwise you need a new cam cut to properly work with whichever lens you buy. You will also need a pair of infinity stops as well. Tey come with a newly cut cam.

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    Re: 150mm lens options

    Linhof selected 150mm f4.5 Voigtlander Apo Lanthar, if you can afford one

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    Re: 150mm lens options

    (i haven't ever seen one, other than the one i have)
    but if you can find a computar symetrigon 150 grab it !
    its a great lens in a modern shutter.

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    I think I'll be cruising eBay for a Schneider symmar. I'd love a Voightlander, because of the quality and there are Voights in my ancestry, but it looks like I would have to add another zero to my budget.

    I thought with the Technika V cams were interchangeable, or is that just the cam is lens specific, and not both camera and lens. I'll risk the rangefinder not matching up perfectly. I could also try to find a lens that comes with a cam. I've already have infinity stops.

    Unfortunately I haven't shot my "new" Technika yet because the lenses I got with it have to be sent out for a CLA. I think the Technika V is as a good a deal as a used Toyo 45 II unless you shoot a lot of wide angle.

    Oh and thanks everyone for your opinions
    Last edited by Scratched Glass; 27-Dec-2010 at 14:10. Reason: forgot to say thanks

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    Re: 150mm lens options

    I've matched many lens cams to my MT45 using either loose used cams, or lenses with cams from STIVs that were not standardized for MT45. If the RF does not match up at infinity because there is not enough metal on the cam, you can tap lightly along the edge of the cam with a machinist's hammer to "stretch it out" a bit and then finish with a fine file. This technique also works for TRF and Super Graphic cams. I had mint STIV factory lenses with matching cams and you could see where this touch up flattening had been done at the factory.



    Quote Originally Posted by Scratched Glass View Post
    I think I'll be cruising eBay for a Schneider symmar. I'd love a Voightlander, because of the quality and there are Voights in my ancestry, but it looks like I would have to add another zero to my budget.

    I thought with the Technika V cams were interchangeable, or is that just the cam is lens specific, and not both camera and lens. I'll risk the rangefinder not matching up perfectly. I could also try to find a lens that comes with a cam. I've already have infinity stops.

    Unfortunately I haven't shot my "new" Technika yet because the lenses I got with it have to be sent out for a CLA. I think the Technika V is as a good a deal as a used Toyo 45 II unless you shoot a lot of wide angle.

    Oh and thanks everyone for your opinions

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    Re: 150mm lens options

    I'd certainly check out a cam and test it before investing $300 into getting a new cam made. First thing would be deciding that you really like the lens for handheld shooting....

    Also, what's the point of camming a wide lens like a 90?

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