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    Yup, would have to go 90mm. And that 210 that Jim Galli is selling wouldn't be too bad of a lens to compliment a set either...

    Bah, GAS returning...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephanie Brim
    What are the odds of me finding a 90mm or wider lens that would cover 5x7?
    On a very tight budget, roughly zero. Remember though that 90mm on 5x7 has about the same coverage as 65mm on 4x5 inch. If you can find an old 121/8 Super Angulon, that will be much like a 90 in coverage AND will give you modest movement. I sold my last one to a friend for a couple of hundred dollars.

    A 75mm on 4x5 is about like 105mm on 5x7 inch.

    Other, older lenses can sometimes be very cheap but ultrawides are rare and (do not forget) extremely hard to focus.

    Give it some more thought, though... And I'm sure Freestyle with either take cheques/checks or set up an account.

    Cheers,

    R.

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    Yeah...I think that, regardless of the contact printing problem, I should stick with the 4x5 idea. Next year will afford me more fundage and I can add a 5x7 to my arsenal then. =p

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    A 90mm Super-Angulon f:8 covers 5x7", and can be found for surprisingly little money.

    But it's really wide, about like a 65mm on 4x5" or 30mm on 6x6!

    A 120 or 121mm Super-Angulon is a more "moderate" wide, and offers plenty of coverage. Both those lenses are designed to cover 18x24cm, or almost 8x10".
    -- Ole Tjugen, Luddite Elitist
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    With 4x5 enlargers readily available, AND 4x5 cameras, THAT is an easy way to go.

    A Crown Graphic is an OUTSTANDING camera, and more than sufficient for a lifetime of LF shooting ! The 127 Ektar is a dazzler --- get a basic kit that you don't have to spend a year learning how to use, and go make pictures.
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    and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision"

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    ROGER

    The Kodak Specialist will NEVER be found in the USA !

    info: Made by Kodak London, it's a transition camera between the 2D, and the Kodak Masterview ( calumet CC series ).

    I don't know if was intentionally kept out of the US market, or made only for Europe, but it will only be found in the back of new Land Rover Defenders outside photo shows over here ( which are not brought into the USA either )

    Here's a picture of a Specialist:
    "One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid,
    and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision"

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    Dear Don,

    How interesting. Thanks. I had long (and evidently incorrectly) assumed it was made on both sides of the pond.

    I totally agree about just taking pictures, but I can't say I agree with you about 'a lifetime of shooting' from a Crown Graphic, especially with a 5-inch lens.

    Cheers,

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    Stephanie,

    "I was thinking Crown Graphic before, but could I get something with more movements on my budget?"

    Graphic View or Graphic View II would have more movements and fit your budget, just make sure it has the tripod mount with it. The Crown Graphic would be a better choice for wide angle lenses and is easier to carry.

    The film is not the expense, it's all the film holders, you can never have enough of them.

    Another vote for the Kodak Ektar 127/4.7, great lens!

    Good luck with it.

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    I second the recommendation of the Graphic View cameras. There are also frequently Calumet and Kodak monorail view cameras for sale within your budget. I've carried monorail 4x5 cameras in the field for years, so don't think you have to have a field camera.

    I have contact printed 4x5s with good success. It's just a matter of learning the right subject matter to fit such a small print.
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    If you don't mind a beater, look for an old Agfa/Ansco 4x5 tailboard model. They can be found reasonably, and they are actually in original design a 5x7 camera, so you can pick up a back for it and have both. Better, find a 5x7 model and later add a 4x5 back if you can work it out that way. If you go with the Arista.EDU Ultra (which is a VERY nice film), you can get 25 sheets of 5x7 for $15.99, which is about $10 cheaper than a box of Ilford HP5+ in 4x5. Develop in Pyro to save yourself even more money. Most 90mm lenses will cover 5x7, although older, less expensive ones may have very limited movements. Unless you're a wide-angle diva, I think you'll find them to be TOO wide- I know I seldom shoot with my 90 on 4x5, and almost never use my 75, unless I'm doing architecture. My 110 WA Dagor feels about right on the 5x7. That's another lens you should keep an eye out for - the 4 3/8" WA Dagor. They don't show up often, but you can sometimes get them for a very reasonable price when they do - I found mine for about $100 a few years ago.

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