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    lens for 16x20

    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
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    Oh sorry, I forgot you don't shoot Large Format
    Large format Pat.

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by largeformat pat View Post
    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.

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    There should be some Nikkor process lenses in the 24" range that would cover, in barrel. Or the Rodenstock Apo-Ronars.

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    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.

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    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/...chen-sink.html
    Even at wide open it has nice atmosphere without going "wild".

    Reinhold
    www.re-inventedPhotoEquip.com
    Last edited by Reinhold; 04-25-2013 at 07:18 PM. Click to view previous post history.



 

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