lens for 16x20

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  1. largeformat pat

    largeformat pat Member

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    Hey,
    Apart from the Schneider lens who else has something that will cover 16x20. I like the look of the 550 xxl however the price is the issue. Any suggestions please
     
  2. Jesper

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    Goertz Red dot Artar could be an option 24" and longer should cover 16x20 and they are not too hard to find and cheap in comparison to the XXL lenses
     
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    24" Dagor.
     
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    There should be some Nikkor process lenses in the 24" range that would cover, in barrel. Or the Rodenstock Apo-Ronars.
     
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    hi pat, you didn't suggest if you'd mind oldish designs ..

    probably a longish verito ( 14.5 or 18" ) with the element removed.
    its based on a rapid rectalinaer design so stopped down is sharp.
    one of reinhold's wollaston meniscus lenses in a barrel w/waterhouse stops will probably cover it too
    they cost much less than the other lenses mentioned , have a large image circle, and stopped down can be pretty un-diffuse/soft.
     
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    Pat,

    What do you like to photograph?
    Adams type landscapes? Cityscapes? Junkyards and fire hydrants? Portraits?
    Do you prefer precision and punch in your photos? Then get a modern(ish) lens.
    Are you intrigued by the understated and indefinate? Get a meniscus lens.
    Can't decide? Get both types, you'll never regret it.

    As John suggests, a meniscus in a longer focal length is quite adaptable.
    Wide open they have a lovely glow without breaking down into mush.
    Stopped down they have a nice classic, mellow nature.

    Here's an example of a 500mm meniscus aimed at a dirty kitchen sink:
    http://www.apug.org/forums/forum426/117640-kitchen-sink.html
    Even at wide open it has nice atmosphere without going "wild".

    Reinhold
    www.re-inventedPhotoEquip.com
     
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    Don't count on a 24" process lens covering 16x20. The fuji 600 compact is said to be able to cover 16x20.

    calculation using 48 degrees coverage and 25.6" diagonal coverage requirement gives a minimum focal length of approximately 29". So go for a 30 inch lens minimum. This is no movements at infinity too. Be conservative. Don't skimp on coverage. There is no point in going big if your lens will crop to a smaller format with dark corners.

    perhaps look for some longer protar 7 cells that are "less than pristine" if you're on a budget. If you're "on the cheep" you can't to wrong with one of reinhold's lenses in my opiinion. Get the 1000mm one if you go that route--be conservative.