Can I ask for your thoughts on the Apo Symmar L 150mm?

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  1. wiseowl

    wiseowl Member

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    Can I ask for your thoughts on the Apo Symmar L 150mm? As I am considering buying said lens?

    Cheers

    Martin
     
  2. Ian Grant

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    Symmars and for that matter their Rodenstock equivalent the Sironar's are superb lenses.

    The Apo-Symmars are even better, and then Schnieder brought out a second series the Apo Symmar L.

    All modern multicoated Symmars are excellent lenses and Schieder constantly revised and improved the Symmar. A current version of the 150mm Symmar actually covers 10x8.

    In going for an Apo Symmar L you are probapbly buying one of the best 150mm lenses available.

    Ian
     
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  3. Petzi

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    The best of the best of the best. :D

    You might as well consider an Apo-Sironar S 150mm. If you can't make up your mind, perhaps throw a dice?
     
  4. wildbill

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    New,probably not worth the money. Used maybe. There are plenty of used 150's out there for 1/2 the price or less. Look for apo sironar s. I had the apo symmar that they discontinued just before the "L" series came out. It's one of 2 lenses i purchased new that i haven't been happy with. It wasn't sharp past f16. I don't know how much better the "L"'s will be.
    vinny
     
  5. Baxter Bradford

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    I have the APO-Symmar (non L) and have had no issues about lack of sharpness. It is a very nice Gold version of the lens which I bought used 5 years ago. It even got completely soaked in salt water 2 years ago when a wave broke over my head whilst under the dark cloth!

    Unless you are using extreme movements, I doubt you will need the larger image circle very much of the time. I don't; unless occasionally doing a 'reverse movements' shot. This is not so effective with the 150 as my 210, so is infrequent.

    Mine is in a Compur shutter and given choice, I would prefer a Copal. After the salt water incident, I had been expecting the shutter to pack in - no such 'luck'!
     
  6. Illegible

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    I think there is very little difference between the Symmar L and the Sironar S. Even so, individual lenses sometimes vary and prices can vary a lot (both are especially important to consider if you are buying a lens used).

    My attitude is that it is important to test a lens before committing to keep it.
     
  7. Lazybones

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    The Schneider 150mm APO Symmar-L is the only lens I actually own for 4x5, right now. I use if regularly for copy work, and my own artsy-tartsy landscape/environmental stuff. I've been very pleased with its performance, no complaints.