Need some lens advice

Discussion in 'Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by BentleyR, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. BentleyR

    BentleyR Member

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    I've got a Graflex 4X5 Series D with a f/4.5, 7 1/2" Kodak Anastigmat. I'm looking for a faster lens that would be more suitable for handheld portraits and street photography. Since the camera has a FP shutter barrel lenses are fine. I'm not to scared about cobbling up a way to mount a lens. The main thing is having enough back focal length to clear the mirror. I've got an Aero Ektar (that I bought about 40 years ago for $17!) that doesn't quite allow focusing beyond a few feet. Any suggestions?

    Oh, and, of course, I'd like to pay $17 for it as well:wink:

    Allan
     
  2. EASmithV

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    f/4.5 is as fast as you usually see in LF cameras and even many MF camera systems, with their intended lenses. It's perfectly usable for street. Have you thought about pushing film instead?

    PS, if you wanna make a few bucks i'll take that aero off your hands for $50 :wink:
     
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    I agree that f/4.5 is fine for many situations. It's mostly indoors and in the street at night that the exposures get a tad long. I will try pushing the film at some point. I'm afraid I have a sentimental attachment to the Aero - did some cool astrophotography with it as a kid. I suppose though I might find a loon on the auction site that would give me $1000 for it!
     
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    hey allan

    see if you can find a 21 cm 3.5 tessar.
    it is a great lens ...

    that said, its around 1/2 a stop more light ... not really sure if in the end it is worth the big bucks for 1/2 a stop ...

    there are some less expensive alternatives though ...
    you might see if reinhold here on apug has something around that FL ... he builds fast old school wollaston lenses
    or harvest something out of an old folder and make your own fstop/choke ...

    have fun !
    john