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    If you are interrested, I have an Ilex f4.5/10 inch Portronic lens in barrel I'll let go cheap. These were made for Coleman-Beatty for their long roll portrait cameras.
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    BTW: the big kid in my avatar is my hero, my son, who proudly serves us in the Navy. "SALUTE"

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    hi Rick

    Thank you for the offer. Please pm with lens price.

    Best,

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    Might look for a Kodak Ektar 203mm, excellent lens for portrait and general use plus it will fold up in your Speed. Can usually be had for $150-200.

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    Those are a good lens. I'd go for the one on the linhof board. It looks much cleaner and well kept.

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    enlarger lenses are optimized for short distances, but usually work fine at long distances too. If anything, they are usually manufactured to tighter tolerances than taking lenses. The reason they are cheap on ebay, is most people aren't enlarging anymore, so there is a surplus of them. Something in the 135mm+ size would cover 4x5 no problem.

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    How about a 15" Tele-Optar?

    Edit: Or a 10" Tele-Optar? There's one here for $150:
    http://www.camerawest.com/categories...roducts/12579/
    Last edited by Steve Toner; 01-29-2013 at 11:05 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    I have a 10" Tele-Optar that I use for portraits on a 4x5 Speed. Mine is a barrel lens (not mounted in a shutter), so with this lens I use the rear FP shutter. Barrel lenses go for much cheaper than lenses mounted in shutters. The subjects like the results -- the lens is softer than modern lenses. Out-of-focus backgrounds look nice too.
    A 10" lens on 4x5 is roughly equal to an 80-85mm lens on 35mm.

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