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    Help with wide angle 90mm

    Recently I aquired a Calumet 400 series from a very kind APUG member. I have no experience with large format, but have been reading a few books and trying to learn. One of my lens purchases was a 90mm lens for wide angle shots.

    Today was the first time I was able to try the lens on the camera, and found that the rail on the camera comes into view when I try to use it. Also, the bellows are barely extended when I am in sharp focus, thus limiting my movements.

    Does anyone have any suggestions on how to deal with this? Did I make a mistake by purchasing the 90mm?

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    Martin

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    Move both front and back of your camera to the front of the rail. The 90 mm is a great focal length, you will get a lot of use out of it.

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    Thanks for the tip. I'll do that. Like always, I appreciate the help.

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    Martin,
    I too have a Calumet 400, though these days it sits unused in its case while the field camera gets all the work. I tried a 90mm f8 lens on the Calumet and found the same scrunched-up bellows and limited movemnts that you experienced. There is a recessed lens board available that will help with the bellows problem. However it creates a new problem. When mounted on the 4" square recessed board the aperture and shutter speed rings may be difficult to get at. My conclusion was the Calumet 400 and a 90mm lens were not a good working combination for me.

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    find a recessed lensboard, if youdn't already have one
    it will give you enough room to use your 90mm lens and your
    straight (non bagbellows) ... i used to have a graphic view II and i always used a 90mm lens on it. had no problems with movements either.

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    Thanks for the additional advice. I'll keep a look out for one, or perhaps exchange my current one.

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    Martin

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    I might look for a 180mm or 210mm caltar lens as an alternative. The caltars are great lenses and less expensive.

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    I have a Caltar 210mm f6.8 I got from KEH. They rated it as EX, but it looks brand new. Says it was made in Japan, so I'm guessing it might be Fujinon.

    Thanks for the advice.

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    Martin,
    If you decide to try a recessed lensboard with your Calumet 400 and 90mm lens, note that in the APUG Classifieds under "Buy/Sell Accessories", Oren Grad is offering one for sale at a very reasonable price. I paid more than Oren's price for one a couple years ago, then later sold it for the same price to another APUG member.



 

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