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largeformat pat
04-24-2013, 11:53 PM
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

Jesper
04-25-2013, 02:47 AM
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

E. von Hoegh
04-25-2013, 09:52 AM
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

24" Dagor.

TheFlyingCamera
04-25-2013, 09:54 AM
There should be some Nikkor process lenses in the 24" range that would cover, in barrel. Or the Rodenstock Apo-Ronars.

jnanian
04-25-2013, 10:40 AM
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.

Reinhold
04-25-2013, 08:06 PM
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