There is are extensive tables on LargeFormatPhotography.info with comprehensive information on a large number of lenses grouped by target format. The information is a little dated, but I don't think much has changed since the tables were first compiled.
Well,,, the idea is to actually learn to use a wide angle, not just stick a short tele in my pocket and revert the minute I get in the field.
Originally Posted by 2F/2F
Keep in mind that a 90 mm lens is quite wide on 4x5, and extremely wide on 5x7; neither of which you said you are looking for. (I am correct in thinking that you wanted a moderately wide lens on 4x5 format, am I not?)
i use a 135 wolly ( linhof badged ) on a 5x7.
it clips the corners like there is no tomorrow.
if you like a kinda sorta wide views and vignettes ...
it is a great combo!
i can never understand why people suggest using a wide angle lens on a view camera is hard to learn .
a 90 on a 4x5 was one of the first lenses i used ... the only hard part was remembering if i was using a speed g
to drop the bed, and if i was using a rail, to have the front standard against all the way to the front of the rail.
I like and use the Fujinon 105mm SW F/8 has a 260mm IC plenty of movements on both formats. Personally I never found a wide angle lens any harder to learn with than any other lens. Except it was perhaps a bit darker on the ground glass.
Build a man a fire and he will be warm for hours.
Set a man on fire and he will be warm for the rest of his life.
...but did you not say that you are looking for a lens that has only a moderately wide angle of view on 4x5 (i.e. similar to a 35mm lens on a small format camera)?
I did say that, Not a hard and fast need/want however. Havng a 150 that covers both, it just seemd that something in the 120 range was not much of a step. I guess that would be something like a 35 vs a 55 on 35mm, and the little I've used the 35mm, I just don't see all that much real difference between it and my "normal" lens. I think the real answer is just get one, and go shoot some film instead of yaking about it. Seems I get to doing that on projects every so often, they go from being an explore for a process to the explore having a life all it's own.
...I must have had a bad copy of the 135mm WF Ektar, so I swapped it for a nice little, single-coated 135mm Fujinon-W in a Seiko-shutter. Lovely lens on both 4x5 and 5x7. I've heard good things about the 135mm Meopta Belar, which is a double Gauss WA like the Ektar, but seems hard to find.
If on a budget and you want something a bit wider, but not quite 90mm, I'm pretty happy with my 104mm f9.5 Wollensak W.A. Raptar; I also strangely found that tiny lens in a nice 108mm f6.8 version which seems of a different design. Just forget the center filter option, or giant enlargements with these and also re-check focus stopped down. Useable image circles for either lens are beyond 240mm from memory and I picked them up for a song.
PS: It'd be so nice if Cooke made a new version of their 108mm and 158mm f6.5 Series VIIb one day (say, an 85mm, a 115mm and a 165mm/f6.8; all, say, with a 40.5mm CF), they'd be a hit, provided they'd be significantly cheaper than the Super-Symmar series; unrealistic, I know.