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Thread: 150 G-Clarion v. Apo-Sironar S for Tabletop/Studio Work

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    150 G-Clarion v. Apo-Sironar S for Tabletop/Studio Work

    I know that the G-Clarion is optimized for 1:1 reproduction. Would the Apo-Siro nar S yield equally good results for tabletop work, thereby remaining useful as a general-purpose lens? There's a $200 difference in purchase price between the two; seems worth it if the Apo-Sironar's macro capabilities are equivalent. A ny thoughts from the Forum? Thanks.

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    150 G-Clarion v. Apo-Sironar S for Tabletop/Studio Work

    Jim,

    The lens made specifically for the job you describe is the Fuji 180mm f8 AS. It can be had on the used market for ridiculously low prices.

    Pat

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    150 G-Clarion v. Apo-Sironar S for Tabletop/Studio Work

    I've only been using the 150 "S" for about a month. However, I photographed a Ni kkor 300M lens and filled about 80-90% of the frame on the diagonal (lens was mounted on a lensboard). I don't k now the magnification as I simply use a tape rule to figure the bellows extension factor. I do know it wasn't 1:1 . Th e resulting shot was outstandingly sharp on Polaroid Type 54. Shots taken in the normal focusing range are the sharpest I've seen. I've not used the G-Claron so I cannot compare.

    If this lens is to do double duty as close up and landscapes or etc., by all mea ns, I recommend the APO S. The literature says it is corrected down to 1:5. If 1:1 is mandatory and it is your living, the n a true macro lens should be better but I doubt it will do double duty.

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    150 G-Clarion v. Apo-Sironar S for Tabletop/Studio Work

    I've used the Apo-Sironar-S for critical copy work to 1/4 scale with outstanding results. How great a magnification do you plan to routinely use?

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    150 G-Clarion v. Apo-Sironar S for Tabletop/Studio Work

    Officially the Apo Sironar S is corrected for 1:5 to infinity. It is not recommended for closer work but obviusly some use it with outstanding results.

    The S will perform optimally from f 8 to f 22. A process lens, shorter than 600mm is optimized only for f22 and that should be the only stop that delivers critical performance. Thus a general purpose lens like the S will also work best at a range of magnifications and apertures.

    For closer work than 1:5 the recommended Rodenstock lenses are the Apo Macro Sironar which are corrected for 1:5 t

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    150 G-Clarion v. Apo-Sironar S for Tabletop/Studio Work

    Although the 150 mm G Claron is optimized for 1-1 it isn't a true macro lens and actually works very well as a general purpose lens.I use mine mostly as a general purpose lens but occasionally as a close up lens and it does both quite well. It also has lots of coverage, which is nice.
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