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    Lenses for 4x5

    Hello,
    can anyone help me in deciding which line of lenses to buy? For now i own 90 and 121mm Super Angulon. 210s shutter just died So, I need another one. I have two lines in mind 90, 120, 150, 210, 300 or 90, 120, 180, 240, 300. At most i do portraiture and landscape. Thank you.

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    Re: Lenses for 4x5

    65 - 75 - 80 - 90 - 100 - 105 - 110 - 125 - 135 - 140 - 150 - 155 - 159 - 162 - 165 -170 - 180 - 190 - 203 - 210 - 222 - 225 - 240 - 250 - 270 - 285 - 300 - 305 - 325 - 330 - 355 - 360 - 375 - 405 - ....................................... that'll get you started, then you can fill in some of the longer ones as you go along.
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    Re: Lenses for 4x5

    Why not just get the shutter repaired or replaced?
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    Re: Lenses for 4x5

    Get another 210mm. Love that length. 210mm Plasmats are ubiquitous enough to be dirt cheap since they were the most common first-purchase student lenses back when fine-art camera and darkroom programs were being offered. They have huge image circles for 4x5.

    A mint 210mm APO lens in an accurately timed Copal shutter can frequently be sniped off eBay for less than the cost of a new shutter alone. Like <$200 USD still.

    For example:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Caltar-II-N-210m...item5ae0fa5973

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    Re: Lenses for 4x5

    Many people have spent many productive years with the three lenses you have now. I would suggest using them so much that the gaps that are important to you become obvious. Then you can answer this question for yourself correctly instead of letting us live vicariously through you. I used those three focal lengths for about 25 years before scratching the itch to try other things. Most of what I subsequently added were targeted for smaller formats with a roll-film adapter--I could still be happy with 90, 121, and 210.

    You do not need to replace that 121 SA with a 120. The 121 is an exceptionally good lens, and the f/8 maximum opening never got in my way even when comparing to f/5.6 and f/4.5 lenses. Enjoy it!

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    Re: Lenses for 4x5

    I use the 120-180-240-300 four lens combination for 5x7 and the 90-150-210 three lens combination for 4x5.

    However, since you already have a 121, the 90-121-210 three lens combination covers 4x5 very nicely.

    You can purchase an excellent quality previously owned 210 for slightly more than the cost of a major shutter repair.

    Check out www.keh.com

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    Re: Lenses for 4x5

    I don't think it matters all that much. Whatever lenses you have, your vision will eventually adapt to those focal lengths. You'll see the scene in those focal lengths before you view it on the GG.

    Eventually you'll see where the holes are in the focal lengths you have then you can procure the missing lenses.

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    Re: Lenses for 4x5

    Thank you.
    The broken shutter is the elecric one. So, it will be maybe difficut to repair it. If I had to buy a new lens, I was thinking about creating a new line. 150 and 210 or 180 and 240? That is the question

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    Re: Lenses for 4x5

    Since you have the itch to create a new set of focal lengths, sell the 121 and the 210.

    Keep the 90 and purchase a 135,180, Fujinon 240A, and a Nikon/Nikkor 300M, or a Fujinon 300C.

    Your wallet will be lighter. However, you will end up with a world class set of five relatively small, light weight, lenses for the 4x5 format.

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    Re: Lenses for 4x5

    I know I'm a bit "over the top", but I use 47, 55, 65, 75, 90, 105, 120, 135, 150, 165, 180, 210, 240, 300, 360 and 420mm lenses..

    Apart from the superwides, they were all quite cheap and all are in mechanical shutters. I have multiple 150mm lenses ranging over a full century of lensmaking, and they all have their weak points and their strong points.

    I suggest you start with a new shutter for the 210mm, unless (and this is often the case) you can find a complete lens with shutter for a lower price than a shutter alone. A 210mm f/4.5 Xenar was one of my very first lenses, a great length for portraits. Although the Compound #3 shutter is big, it will fit on a Technika board.

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