Fuji 65mm vs Horseman 65mm for 6X9?

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  1. Voyager

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    Assuming both lenses in similar condition:

    Fujinon 65mm f-8-45, SW in a Seiko shutter (single coated glass, I believe), VS the Horseman Topcor 65mm,f-5.6-32 in a Seikosha shutter (also single coated glass, I believe). Boards are recessed, and the shutter will be serviced.

    Comparing build and "name", it would seem to me it's a no-brainer in favor of the Fuji...this would be for a Horseman VH-R 6X9, with no intention of moving to 4X5...subjects will vary, but my style is sharp with high contrast (I typically use a medium yellow filter).

    What say, please...?
     
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    Fuji is an excellent lens, no question. Not familiar with the Topcor. I know what I would do.
     
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    Eric...OK, that looks like a Fuji vote to me, and probably nine out of ten might agree, but there's sometimes someone who comes out of left field with an observation that we all miss, so I will wait and see...and PS, Topcor is the Horseman brand--well respected on its own...thanks, Vincent
     
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    I was in that situation about 8 years ago when the Fuji just became unavailable. I went with the Horseman because it was about half the price. In retrospect I'm glad of my choice. The Horseman allows movements and interchangable lenses and the option of ground-glass viewing. The drawback is that with the 65mm lens the front standard has to have perfect side-to-side alignment at the zero-detent. The Topcor lens is really fantastic. In terms of build and name I think it is a no-brainer for the Topcor, not only is it faster than the Fuji but it also covers 4x5.