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    Looking for another 8x10 Lens

    Hi Everyone,

    I'm looking for another possibly more modern lens for my Century 8x10. I currently have a 13" Wollensak Velostigmat II on a Betax No 5 (i might have this wrong, don't have lens in front of me). I've had the shuttered serviced by Frank Marshman and the shutter speeds checked by a second person so it operates just fine. However, this lens is just a bit soft at the low end (F8 or less) and obviously doesn't create very contrasty images wide open. I'd like to have something in a similar focal length but I'm just not sure what to look for. Any information would be appreciated.

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    Kristian

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    I have never used a 13" Wollensak Velostigmat II so I really don't know how it renders.

    Personally, I like my 14" Kodak Commercial Ektar. It's sharp but not clinically sharp. Check out Yousuf Karsh. He used one for most of his portraits. There was also a 12" Commercial Ektar if you prefer.

    If you want something even sharper and more contrasty look for a modern 300mm or 360mm f/5.6 lens from Schneider, Rodenstock, Nikon, or Fujinon.

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    Like Alan said, you can't go wrong w/ an Ektar lens. Good stuff.

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    Any modern 300mm lens, Nikkor, Schneider, Rodenstock, Fuji in a #3 shutter.

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    For serious sharpness and bang for the buck, there's always the old reliable G-Claron. The 270mm covers 8x10; the longer ones will for sure. Of course you have to be willing to focus at f/9.

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    Nathan Tenny
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    The lady of the house has to be a pretty swell sort of person to put up with the annoyance of a photographer.
    -The Little Technical Library, _Developing, Printing, And Enlarging_

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    As a matter of interest only where did the word Ektar come from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwhb12 View Post
    As a matter of interest only where did the word Ektar come from?

    Russ
    Eastman Kodak, the -ar as used in Tessar, etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by E. von Hoegh View Post
    Eastman Kodak, the -ar as used in Tessar, etc
    E., you remind me of Mark on Pawn Stars. You know, the Beard of Knowledge? Do you have a beard?

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    Goes well with:

    Ektachrome,
    Ektaprint
    Ektaflo
    Ektagraphic
    Ektanon

    And I expect a bunch more
    Matt

    “Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”

    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Gales View Post
    E., you remind me of Mark on Pawn Stars. You know, the Beard of Knowledge? Do you have a beard?
    As a matter of fact I do. But fortunately I do not have a cadre of producers to prime me so I look knowledgeable on some dreadful TV show.

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