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    4x5" Lenses on the Cheap - medium wides...

    Hi all,

    If you couldn't tell from my 'Polaroid lens' thread, I'm looking for a medium wide on my 4x5.

    I currently have a 135mm Raptar which is honestly a great lens for what I do, but it is limited in movements and has no semblance of a modern coating. My other lens is a 180mm Symmar convertible which I really like, and for me, that's modern enough.

    So if you guys could help me compile a list of affordable (≈$150) lenses in the 100-135mm range, it would be really helpful.

    The SK Angulon 6.8 120mm would be perfect, but the price is a little above where I'd like to be.

    Is there such a lens, or am I dreaming?

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    Kodak had the Ektars. I have the 127 and I am most certainly wrong on this but I believe they also made a 109? They made a wider version. Might be worth looking into if you can find it on a good shutter like a Super Flashmatic or some such.
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    I have a 127mm Ysarex salvaged from a Polaroid 110a that covers 4x5 with plenty of movement. It came mounted on a Prontor SVS shutter, its my favorite LF lens for landscapes.
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    The 120/6.8 is a nice lens and you could be lucky.
    I paid about $70 for the one I have (lens only, no lens board).

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    $70 sounds awesome.. and a board is just a board afterall

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    Holmburgers, this isn't the best site for information on LF gear. The US LF site http://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/ is better. So, if you read French, is the French LF site http://www.galerie-photo.info/forum/

    Look for f/6.8 Leitmeyr Weitwinkel lenses. 90s and 105s aren't that rare on eBay. They're not highly regarded, are relatively inexpensive. I have a 105, it is a 4/4 double Gauss type like the 90/6.8 Raptar/Optar (might be in your price range), the very highly regarded 100/6.3 Wide Field Ektar (probably out of your price range, but not always), and the 100/6.3 (also f/9) Meyer Aristostigmat. Beware of lenses in barrel, some of these things won't go directly into standard shutters and even standard shutters aren't as inexpensive as one would like. Prime example, my 100/6.3 Aristostigmat in barrel.

    If you want good image quality on the corners no 127 mm Tessar type will suit you. That includes Rainphot's prized 127 Ysarex.

    There are two coverage concepts floating around. "Puts light in the corners," "puts good image in the corners." Impossible to know which anyone uses without asking.

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    Thanks Dan,

    I need a good image in the corners, it's part of the picture afterall. Will look into these!

    PS: Here's a great resource...

    http://www.hevanet.com/cperez/kit.html
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    You might be able to snag a 120mm Symmar-S for $150. My 150mm cost around that.

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    Look around. I just picked up a Caltar 90 f5.6 from KEH in a modern black shutter. Slight separation brought the price to $90. I bought it as a beater that I would not mind falling in the mud or snow, but can't see any issues in my negatives to lead me to get a 'better' one.

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    At 90mm I would reccomend holding out for a super-angulon. You should be able to find an older one for $150 or so. The problem with the 90mm angulon or wide-raptar is that you dont have much coverage.

    At 120mm the Angulon is your best bet. The older ones should be available.

    The 127mm Ektars, Ysarons (from polaroid cams), raptars and xenars are all Tessar types and will be sharp out to the corners, but wont offer much coverage for movements.

    100mm and 135mm wide-field ektars are great but can be over-priced.

    At 150mm you have many options. Xenars are pretty easy to find at this length.
    But the convertible Symmars are probably the best bang for the buck.
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