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    What 4x5 lens?

    While dipping my toe into the water of LF i have ordered a mint used Toyo 45AII from Ffordes in Scotland.

    One think leads to another so now i need a lens what would be the best for landscape and architecture on a 4x5 format camera.

    Any advice would be most welcome

    Thank you
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    It's a personal choice... a 210mm is probably the best lens value out there right now and one of the most versatile as well. It has lots of coverage and you can't go wrong with any of the modern choices in that focal length. If you add a 90mm down the road you could do just about anything with that combo. I have a 90, 150, 210 and 300. If I could only keep two it would be the 90 and 210. If I could only keep one it would be the 210.

    Nice camera, by the way. I love mine.

    Good luck and enjoy!
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    What 4x5 lens?

    Basically, take the focal lengths of your most-used lenses and multiply times 3. This will give you the approximate equivalent focal length for 4x5. For landscapes, I'd suggest around the 90mm - 150mm range.

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    My first choice would be a 150mm Sironar or Symmar. Like Shawn I have a 90mm, 210mm, and 300mm, also a 65mm and a 135mm

    In terms of use I'd guess 80% of my my images are made with a 150mm, 17% with the 90mm and the other 3% mostly the 65mm and a few with the 210mm. However I'm beginning to use the 210mm nmore.

    If I had to use one lens it would be my 135mm which I use on a second 5x4 camera (usually in Turkey).

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    I have the 90 135 150 210 and 300. I have had that set of lenses for 25 years. The 210 is almost the only lens I ever use.
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    I definitely second what VYSK said.
    "Lo único de lo que el mundo no se cansará nunca es de exageración." Salvador Dalí

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    I would keep it simple, choose a lens in the middle range for 4x5, as you might choose a 'standard' lens if buying a first 35mm camera. So a 150mm is around 45mm equivalent in 35mm. That can be your datum point and work out either side from there when you buy more lenses. I find a 90mm, 150mm, and 240mm an ideal range for the English landscape, and it would be good for architecture as well. But the 150mm is the 'do-it-all' lens if I can use my feet to zoom.

    Prices for a 150mm Symmar S are very good at the moment, with plenty about. The filter size isn't outrageous at 58mm and it gives tons of coverage to allow for movements.

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    90 210 and 300 here, and would like something around 150 ... the 300 is portraits only and the 90 is wide angle so the 210 is the equiv of something about 80-100 on a 35mm camera a 150 would be about a 50mm equiv to 35mm.

    A neat lens to see if you can find would be one of the schneider convertibles, or see if a buddy will let you borrow something before committing to one.
    * Just because your eyes are closed, doesn't mean the lights in the darkroom are off. *
    * When the film you put in the camera is worth more than the camera you put the film in... *
    * When I started using 8x10, it amazed me how many shots were close to the car. *

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    You should check places like Flickr and find LF images you like and look at the FL. When I shoot medium format I love most my Hasselblad 903SWC (38mm f4.5). With my DSLR, I'm usually going for the widest end shooting my 17-40F4L. Naturally, I find my self reaching for my SA 75mm f5.6 when shooting 4x5. But that's *my* preference. You need to figure out yours.

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