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    Cheap (as in inexpensive) lens options

    Hi all--
    I have a kinds of lens for my 4x5 set-ups, but I recently acquired an 8x10 Horseman. I'm looking to get a normal-ish lens for it, something around 360mm. I've seen some lenses in the lower end of the price range, usually Fujinon, but before I bite the bullet and buy one I figured I would ask here for thoughts/recommendations. There are a few decent looking Komura lenses on fleabay, but I have never used anything Komura so I have no idea what the quality would be like. So...any thoughts? Is it just silly to try to do 8x10 on a budget?
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    hi matt

    no i don't think it is silly at all
    what i ended up with for an inexpensive 8x10 lens
    was a wollensak velostigmat triple convertible.
    it is a 13, 20 and 25". granted it isn't modern but
    it is a great lens (betax/no flash sync )
    i got it through igor's and i think it cost 340clams including the cla ..
    the lens has a HUGE image circle, and it also does double duty on a 11x14 camera
    to be honest, i have used it more on the 11x14 than on the 8x10!
    if you don't mind older lenses things like the triple are a great and sometimes overlooked lens.

    good luck!

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    Older lenses are fine with me (maybe even preferred...) lack of flash is fine, too. I'm not familiar with Igor's...I'll go digging right now.
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    john nanian is right on! Good vintage glass will serve you well on an 8x10

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    You might be lucky & find a nice Dagor at a good price, maybe I was lucky mine came with a camera and happens to be coated.

    It's a really good time to buy, it's a buyers market at the moment.

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    The big 360mm are often cheap. Check keh. The first series Fuji W covers a few miles. 80degrees?

    I've got a Komura. It's nice but mine is a different focal length. I wouldn't turn one down but I doubt they'd be any/much cheaper then a similar vintage Fuji.

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    The large modern plasmats are going for less than the value of their shutters these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjaded View Post
    Is it just silly to try to do 8x10 on a budget?
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    I put $700 into an 8x10 enlarger, camera, film holders and a lens. Many others have similar experiences.

    If you can find a 210mm Symmar-S MC for $150 or less that would be a good starter lens. It just barely covers 8x10 but at that price it would be about 1/2 of what a budget plasmat 300mm would cost. I used a 210 Symmar-s for 2 years as my sole 8x10 lens. Now I have a 'proper' 8x10 lens and am still trying to duplicate some of my earlier successes .

    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...t=29267&page=9

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    you can find deals out there, check craigslist, some times there are good deals, I got a 14" Kodak ektar for $100

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    Another cheap lens is the older 375 Caltar. Usually less then a 14" Commercial Ektar but the same tessar type. Big and heavy but the one I used was very sharp.

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