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03-26-2011, 09:12 AM
Has anyone used the Tominon lenses for copy work with 4x5 film and if so what lens and how well do they work?
Denise Libby

Rick A
03-26-2011, 09:29 AM
I think(IIRC) most of the Tominon's were on Polaroid copy cameras. Never used one, but I've seen quite a few of the copy cameras sell on (ebait and switch). I suppose they would work.

03-26-2011, 09:40 AM
Rick is correct, they were used on the Polaroid MP4 copy cameras. So should work very well in your application.

Dan Fromm
03-26-2011, 12:03 PM
http://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/showthread.php?t=73943 See post #2.

Mark Crabtree
03-26-2011, 12:22 PM
I have one of the 75's. It is a lovely little lens that I can't think of a single thing to do with. I guess it could be handy for 4x5 macro work.

09-30-2011, 08:00 AM
I haven't used Tominon lenses specifically for copy work but I have tested the 135/4.5 for resolution at approx 1m. It seems there are many alternatives (enlarger lenses) with better resolution (both centre and edge).

See this link for the comparison images. (http://photocornucopia.com/1038.html)


09-30-2011, 08:23 AM
i have and have used a 127 4.7 for both general copywork
as well as regular old photography.
even at infinity it covers a 4x5 sheet of film fine ...
there are always reports that the 127 won't cover a 4x5 negative
but mine was sold to me on a speed graphic back in the 1980s
( i bought the camera at ep levines in boston ) ...
great little lens usually found in a self cocking prontor press shutter
so the only drawback i have found the lens is that the shutter only goes
to 1/125thS ...
all that said, for copy work i would rather use a gclaron ( it screws right into the same shutter )

Dan Fromm
09-30-2011, 11:48 AM
John, I don't know why, but the 127/4.7 Tominon as sold in #1 Copal Press for, e.g., Polaroid CU-5 and DS-34, is much better at distance than the MP-4 135/4.5 Tominon. Years ago I bought a CU-5 one for the shutter, tried it out on a 2x3 Graphic, and was so pleased by it that I put it in my out-and-about kit. I can't speak to its usefulness on 4x5, but its great on 2x3.