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    Schneider G Claron

    Hi out there,
    I've just been given a Schneider 305mm F9 G-Claron lens to use on my 5x4 Linhof. I realize that this lens is probably from a process camera or such and was wondering how it will perform for normal photography especially at or around infinity
    I have mounted on the camera and can focus it ok, albeit at a considerable bellows draw!
    Does anyone out ther have experience with these lenses?

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    it will cover 11 x 14 plus! it is an excellent lens. you need 305 mm of bellows draw to focus at infinity and more if you close focus i.e. macro or closer than infinity..

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    Dave's right. You need to extend the bellows out (about the full extension of the 18" rail on my Sinar F2). The lens is a beauty though...tack sharp. You'll enjoy it.

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    Google, Tony, Google! G-Clarons aren't unknown quantities and they've been around for quite a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Fromm
    Google, Tony, Google! G-Clarons aren't unknown quantities and they've been around for quite a while.

    Grumble grumble grumble. Thinking evil thoughts about laziness.
    As an old guy I keep forgetting about google!

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    Lucky you! The G-Claron is a prize. Enjoy it!

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    Tony, this is a very fine lens! It has so much coverage, you might have issues at times with light bouncing around inside your camera, which affects contrast. I have a G-Claron in 240mm for my 8x10, but use it quite a bit on my 4x5, wonderful lens. Get a compendium lens shade if you don't have one, and use it for the Linhof with the lens. It will help with internal glare in the bellows by "cropping" the light before it is a problem. tim

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    Quote Originally Posted by tony lockerbie
    As an old guy I keep forgetting about google!
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    Thanks for all that and thank you google. Maybe I should buy a 14x11 camera to take advantage of that coverage!
    BTW with a handle like Noseoil does that mean that you have had a lot of scratched negs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Wooten
    it will cover 11 x 14 plus! it is an excellent lens. you need 305 mm of bellows draw to focus at infinity and more if you close focus i.e. macro or closer than infinity..
    Dave,

    I always read that the 355mm barely covers 11x14" at infinity (f22), so the 305mm should not either since it doesn't have a WA label.
    It is possible though that it covers the format for close-by subjects.

    The 270mm WA Claron is even soft in the corners, please refer to this thread by scootermm on the subject (7x17" and 11x14" have almost the same image circle).

    What source are you quoting or are you talking from your own experience?

    Thanks,
    G

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