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    Ilex Paragon lenses were pretty decent; mostly tessars and often copies of Kodak's Ektar lenses but without the benefit of Kodak's quality control. Try to find coated examples but they're decent lenses and should come cheap. I particularly like them for contact prints as like many older lenses they impart a pleasant glow to shadows. Fuji lenses are my favorites and I'm particularly happy they seem to go at the low end of the price range. Not low end performance, though. I've long used my 210mm Fuji plasmat as a wide angle for 8x10, although it just covers the negative. For a long time a 420mm Fujinon L was my most used 8x10 lens but I ended up selling it because I needed the money badly. Loved the focal length but it was a pretty hefty lens. Barrel lenses are fun and cheap and some thoroughly modern lenses can come cheap that way. Learn to appreciate slow film and use the lens cap for a shutter -- that's low cost!

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    The absolute most bang for buck I've seen lately was over at LFForum and Gary may have advertised them here also. 270mm G-Claron is still one of my all time favorites for 8X10. It is a tremendous lens for twice that amount.

    To go cheap in 8X10 and also have the most fun though, you need to wean yourself from modern glass and shutters. I have an old Kodak 8X10 2D with Packard shutter mounted inside the camera. There are some fabulous lenses in barrel to be had for 80 bucks.
    He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep..to gain that which he cannot lose. Jim Elliot, 1949

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjaded View Post
    I just stumbled on a lens for sale...seems like a good deal. It's a Kodak Ektar 14" in an Alphax shutter. $335. Any thoughts?

    Check the front of the lens and see if it's actually a Commercial Ektar, and not just an "ordinary" Ektar. I'm sure a plain jane Ektar is a nice lens, but the Commercial version is worth more.

    Charley

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