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    Lens for an 8x10 camera

    I have just become the proud new owner of a Eastman 2D 8x10. The body is in great shape as well as the lens, but the lens appears to be a late 1800's Magic Lamp lens. It works fine, but is obviously not the proper lens for the camera due to the vignetting that is occuring. Can anybody reccomend what I should be looking for in a proper sized lens for this camera? Thanks
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    Keep the magic lamp lens it might work well for 5x7 or 4x5 with your camera with a reducing back which are fairly easy to find.12" or 300mm is normal for 8x10,coverage is important.Some lens have enough coverage for 8x10 and some don't.

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    Yes, I will keep it, i like the vignetting effect. Thanks for the info on the lens size. I will have to start shopping around.
    Rick Lanning
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    As mike says 12" or 300mm, depending on the lens there are hundreds of different lenses that will work on it.
    Everytime I find a film or paper that I like, they discontinue it. - Paul Strand - Aperture monograph on Strand

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    go for a classic TR or wolly triple
    they don't cost much but the glass is nice
    silver magnets, trickle tanks sold
    artwork often times sold for charity
    PM me for details

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    I was just thinking vintaqepics,that if you find a lens before you buy it ask someone on Apug here.There are hundreds of lens out there and I bit there is many people here who have some knowledge of them all.
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    Thats a great idea, and thanks gang for all the info.
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    Most of us hang out around here while waiting for our prints to air dry anyways.

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    LOL, I know just what you mean. After screwing the pooch on 4 calotypes today, I started shopping for chemicals. Wow, that silver nitrate is expensive.
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    Don't know if you like the older lens but Jim Galli has a lot of information on the older lens and also photo's taken with them,he is a subscriber here and look into his gallery,its really something.Also the Large Format Forum site deals with large cameras and lens.
    What ya making your own negs?

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