18x24 wide lens (cheap)
after years of mf and 4x5 with an old linhof technikardan I did the first jump: I bought an old russian 18x24 wooden camera and an industar 300mm lens (no shutter). I want to use it with harman direct paper for outdoor stills on wasteland and decaying buildings. I did this in 4x5 but the images are too small. I don't have a real budget, it's just testing if it works and get some better material later.
but I would love to have a wide angle lens. a shutter wouldn't be necessary but would be a nice option for later use with film. it should cover 300mm at least, a bit more for some movements would be nice. it could be an old lens and I'm able to do some diy. what are your ideas for a cheap lens? thanks in advance for your input.
If you're comfortable using a lens without a shutter, take a look at meniscus lenses.
They can be very soft and "old world pictorial" or, when stopped down, have the (sorta) sharp look of uncoated pre-war optics of 1900~1930's. They just might suit your style and subject matter.
thank you, reinhold, for your answer. these lenses you make are nice and very cheap lenses. as there weren't any answers here, I posted the subject to another forum http://www.largeformatphotography.in...8x24-wide-lens . meanwhile I bought a Wollensak EXWA 6 1/2 f/12,5 without shutter for a mere 75$ on etsy.