Portrait Lenses for 4x5

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  1. Reinhold

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    Right now, I have a 10" Ilex Paragon (Portronic) in barrel, and use a top hat shutter. I have plenty of bellows draw to go much bigger, Calumet cc-401 w/22" bellows, and a Cambo w/18" belows. The cc-401 will get you in closer than you will ever want to be, the extra long bellows is great for macro with the right lens.
     
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    My favourite 4X5 head-portrait lens is my 360mm tele-xenar, which doesn't require full extension. My Linhof SupTecV has more than adequate bellows, so that is not a problem.

    I suppose I could get a clear shot of nose pores and pimples if that was the challenge, but I haven't tried yet.
     
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    210 Symmar works for me, or any of the modern plasmats for more or less straight portraits. I have an 11.5" Verito if I want something funkier.
     
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    I tend to like the 210 tessars for this job. I'd use a soft focus of similar focal length if it were more affordable like you've built.