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    I just won a bid on a Cambo 45NX view camera:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...ME:B:EOAB:US:6
    and I'm in the process of trying to get a Rodenstock Sironar-N 210 lens for it. Anybody use one? Is it as nice as it looks to be? I like the fact that everything is scaled so I can use my Sheimpflug calculator without having to monkey with a protractor. It's replacing a Calumet Cadet 4x5. I also appreciate the fact the bellows interchange and recessed lensboards are easy to find, something the Cadet sorely lacks.

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    I use that lens 210 Sironar N- If I only had 2 lenses that would be the first and then the 75mm Grandegon would be second - congratulations
    My photos are always without all that distracting color ...

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    Congratulations Gary...I'll look forward to seeing images. Good luck

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    Nice deal. The Sironar-N should be a great lens. If you're planning to do still life or macro, you'll probably want more bellows and a longer rail eventually, but it's a nice setup at an outstanding price.
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    Well the Sironar got away, bigger fish were biting. I see quite a few Symmars for sale a very few Sironars. How does the Symmar S stack up against the Sironars? Should I hold out till I find a good Sironar or will a Symmar S lens perform just as well?

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    That's essentially the same monorail I have. Love it. A bit to cumbersome for field work when backpacking, but I will take it out if I'm not straying to far from the car. Favorite lenses are in this order:

    1. 150
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    4. 300
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    I managed to get a 210 Symmar-S 5.6 lined up for $285. From what I can tell from reading about the lens series it should be a great lens and the pictures of it online show it to be in used but prime condition.

    EricR I'll have about the same mix of lenses you have except my 300 is an older Symmar in one of those quirky electronic shutters and it converts to a 500.
    Gary Beasley

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    Congrats! I am happy with my selection. Some are not what the purists would call the best glass out there, but they are good enough for me.

    Once I got back into LF I went onto a bit of a landscape rampage, but I think now I'm going to get back to the stuff I usual shoot. But now with LF gear instead of MF and 35 gear when possible.

    One exception tho I will be taking the Don Kirby - Oregon shoreline workshop in Sept. I'm really pumped about that one! You should check out his website www.donkirbyphotography.com He has some nice stuff.

    I thought he and Aggie where going to come to blows during the darkroom portion of the Barnbaum workshop LOL.
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    I have a 210 Symmar-S MC and it's a great lens. The filter thread is bigger than the Sironar N (72mm vs. 67mm) that may or may not be a drawback for you. I don't think you could go wrong with either lens.

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