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    I need a sharp normal lens for 16x20 landscapes...

    I posted this over on LFF but have kind of been running around chasing my proverbial tail with it. Basically I need lenses that will cover 16x20 ULF format at infinity, preferably with some degree of movements. What I have gleaned so far that other than rare and super pricey Schnieder XXL lenses like the 550, it is either going to have to be a Nikkor 450mm F9 M or something longer than a 30" Artar or 760 Apo Nikkor.

    I'm not willing to go to a smaller format as it does not work for the markets I have in mind, so 16x20 it is. So rather than what you have heard, what are shooters of 16x20 actually using for landscapes at infinity?

    I want it sharp in the corners, I don't want these prints looking like they were made in 1870, that is not my style, I need sharp.
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    Hi

    Don't forget the tripod needs to be rock solid as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snapguy View Post
    I saw a photo the other day taken during the Franco-Prussian War, circa 1870, and it was sharp from corner to corner. It would seem there is a superior attitude wafting around which does not seem to square with the facts.
    Hey, I am open, I am just getting way too much inconclusive information. I just need a good 600mm-800mm lens, preferably in shutter but fully understand how tough that can be.
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    The Symmar-S 9.4/480mm should be able to barely cover the format at infinty image circle is 500mm 20in is circa 508mm. The Schneider 355mm G-Claron should cover as well, the Fuji 450mm f8 cmw is another lens that covers the format.

    Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDR View Post
    The Symmar-S 9.4/480mm should be able to barely cover the format at infinty image circle is 500mm 20in is circa 508mm. The Schneider 355mm G-Claron should cover as well, the Fuji 450mm f8 cmw is another lens that covers the format.

    Good luck
    Thanks but those are a bit short in FL, I am looking for something to pair with the 450 Nikkor like in the range of 600-800mm.
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    Have you checked out the 11x14 lens chart on LFPF? Looks like a Fujinon C 600mm might be the ticket if you can find one.

    Based on the information on that chart the Nikkor 450mm M doesn't even cover 11x14?

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    Quote Originally Posted by adelorenzo View Post
    Have you checked out the 11x14 lens chart on LFPF? Looks like a Fujinon C 600mm might be the ticket if you can find one.

    Based on the information on that chart the Nikkor 450mm M doesn't even cover 11x14?
    Sandy King said the 450 covered up to 20x24 if stopped way down and was sharp but the 600C was not too hot in the corners.

    I figure I will give this about a month and if I am still spinning my wheels I will just give up on it completely or until I can find and afford a 550XXL. It's not like my 16x20 prints from 4x5 Tmax are lacking in any way....

    It's crazy though, I did lots of Google searches, over 100 pages of searches on here and LFF's lens section and I am still empty handed....wtf?
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    You have checked out the 19 or 24" Meyer Double Anastigmat, 18" Ross Homeocentric, and possibly 24" B&L Process Apochromat and possibly 30" Goerz Apochromat Atar?

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    If you got the money honey, ultrahighresolution.de might part with that 48" Aero-Ektar. Although something tells me that a FA-XXL may be cheaper.
    An awful lot of electrons were terribly inconvenienced in the making of this post.

    f/64 and be there.

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    I am going to meet up with Hugo from Chamonix next month to check out his 16x20, he seems to favor a 24" Red Dot Artar and a 760 Nikkor for his landscape work.

    A 48" lens is too long, the bellows only go to 1,050 not to mention that is getting shallow in terms of depth of field.
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