Schneider Symmar-S 210mm f/5.6 or Fujinon-W 210mm f/5.6?

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  1. BmurphyRZ67

    BmurphyRZ67 Member

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    Hi all. I have the opportunity to buy one of the aforementioned lenses. Both are rated as Mint- condition with caps in a Copal 1 shutter, for the same price of $295. My question is simply regarding optical quality, and the benefits and drawbacks, if any. I'm relatively new to 4x5, and I have little experience with either maker. Opinions are much appreciated! Thanks!
     
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    Its a toss up for 4x5. If you can get the Fujinon with the writing on the front of the lens retaining ring (rather than around the barrel) it is an excellent lens for 8x10 also.
     
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    I have the Symmar-S; it is spectacular of course. I'd expect the Fujinon is equally good. I got the Schneider because it was the first, I found at a price that suited me, not because I wanted it over a Fuji/Rodenstock/Nikon offering.
     
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    The difference, I think, is one of "flavor" rather than quality. I find that German lenses simply give a different look from Japanese lenses. You can speak of contrast, edge effect, acutance, sharpness - whatever you want, you will find people who will disagree, regardless of technical data. What it comes down to in the end, given equal shutters and condition, is what you like. I don't think you will go wrong with either lens.