4x5 lenses; a practical question
While I have found much information on (some) of the lenses available to a 4x5 user, it seems like it's difficult to find where to BUY those lenses (I could, of course, be blind).
My main concern is with finding a cheap lens. I wouldn't mind a barrel lens, so long as it's functional, and cheap. Some respectable coverage wouldn't be so bad. That's all I ask, really.
So, more than just information about the lenses: What are my options for purchasing? I don't want to do the Ebay route... even if one of you guys has something sitting around...
What I mean to say, is, I have this beautiful camera sitting here (thanks Eric), and my whole being is YEARNING to play with it, and I need to find information, quickly, before this timer within me...well, you know.
I got a nice Symmar 210mm convertible from Midwest Photo Exchange. I am not sure what they have in stock right now, but it is worth a look. http://www.mpex.com. There is also KEH, they have pretty good prices and I have had great service from them. http://www.keh.com.
Hmmm, what do you mean by cheap? Seriously, how much do you want to spend (or, not spend as the case may be)?
Originally Posted by atenlaugh
If you want "nearly free", you could start with a pin hole made in tin foil...i guess.
People do sell LF lenses here from time to time. I guess if you are opposed to eBay, and you want really cheap, then you have to be a little patient...and fast to respond when something comes up.
Eventually, I'd like as-nice-as-possible. I'm just looking for something to play with until my (limited) funds can grow respectable enough for nicer, more modern (maybe) equipment. It's not an issue of how much I WANT to spend, but how much I can. Probably around $100 or less, at this point.
And, yes. Patience is important. I suppose tonight the ol' OCD is kicking in.
if you gotta have something to play with - right now - go out to the drug store and get yer self a big magnifying glass (Sherlock holmes style) and some electrical tape....tape that baby to a carefully fitted piece of cardbord and go to it!
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what are looking to shoot? it could give me an idea. i got a 135w nikkor w/ my 4x5 camera. i am currently looking to get a 90mm super angulon. try mpex.com-they have some good stuff there. you might want to talk to jim there, he hooked me up with mine for about 800(sinar f1,nikkor 135w lens and cable-the lens has both caps and the lenses are like new and can mounted there for you. they have really good prices on there lenses if you can give em the look over. let me know what you decide, i know what it's like getting a new toy and not being able to wait to play with it. til then will be wishing best of luck w/ your decision!!! :-)
I'll even use gaffers tape, to show that I'm serious.
mistaken id and whats your poison.....lens choice??
was talking to guy named eric earlier today bout this subject...sorry for confusion...but let me know still whats up
Originally Posted by SinarF1user
Oh, tight landscapes and portraits. Probably. Looking in the normal-long range, mostly, until a wider whim hits me. And I'll definitely check it out, whether I purchase anything now or later.
Hey, has anybody used Lens and Repro? Do they have decent service?
Expensive, waaaaay too expensive
Originally Posted by atenlaugh
Let's see what I've got in the magic trash can for Mateo!