Goerz Dagor 3 5/8" f8 wide angle ... ?

Discussion in 'Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by Matus Kalisky, Sep 29, 2006.

  1. Matus Kalisky

    Matus Kalisky Member

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    Hello,

    this is my first thread here on APUG. I started a LF photography recently (it's more fun than I expected :smile: and currently I own Tachihara 45 GF with Fujinon 125/5.6 CMW and Caltar 210/6.3 II E.

    My question is about the Goerz wide anlge lens I mention in the title of this thread. There is one running on the eBay http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=280031056314&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=018 right now and I wonder - is it worth it? $300 - is a lot but still less than Nikkor 90/8 SW or similar.

    Does anybody has experience with it? I found out it should cover 4x5 with some movements af f22 but I would like to hear real user experience if possible. I would use it boths with B&W nad color.

    It is clear to me that wheter the shutter works is a different story and it would probaly need to get a CLA, but the seller states that the shutter is accurate at all speeds.

    thanks

    Matus
     
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    I can't address this lens, but if you are happy with your Fuji lens you might look at the Fuji 90mm. I've been very happy with mine and it was cheaper than 300.

    Mike
     
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    A friend of mine is a pro commercial photographer and has one, although in Ilex. He says it just barely covers 4x5. IMO, this is not a good bang for your bucks unless you're wanting a lower contrast look or a tiny lens.

    You'll also need a custom filter adapter so along with a CLA, you're looking at another $175 - 225. The 90mm WA Congo Jim Galli had for sale would be a better buy, or save up a few more bucks and look for a used 80mm Schneider SS XL.

    Steve
     
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    But it's a lot MORE than a comparable Schneider lens, the 90mm f:6.8 Angulon which has better coverage. The Angulon has more even illumination too, although it can't compete with more modern lenses like the Super-Angulon or indeed the Nikkor 90/8 SW.
     
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    If you're looking for a WA Dagor, the lens to look for is the 4 3/8". Not quite as wide as the 90 (actual is around 110mm), it will cover 5x7 with movement, even fairly wide open. Although not multicoated, it is very flare-free and is capable of producing accurately exposed chromes. Mine is in a Rapax shutter, so you wouldn't be able to use it with strobes, and like the 3 5/8", it would require a custom filter adapter. Since I mostly shoot b/w with it, I have not had much need of filters so this has not been a problem. YMMV.
     
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    - all -

    Thnaks for all your replies and andvices. So I will wait a bit longer and get the Nikkor SW f9.