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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    mine came with a 1930's 135mm Tessar, nearly 30 years older than the camera
    That's what I have on mine too.... well, it's a 13.5cm Tessar. I don't know its age though.


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    Your lightbox loupe will be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post
    That's what I have on mine too.... well, it's a 13.5cm Tessar. I don't know its age though.

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    Steve, the date of both the lens and Compur shutters can be found here. As companies made lenses in batches and bought in shutters in batches as well the two dates don't always coincide. Zeiss Jena changed from cm to mm markings after WWII my 150mm 1950's CZJ Tessar is marked 150

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    Quote Originally Posted by voceumana View Post
    While 135 is a slightly wide view lens for 4x5, I have found no 135's with a large enough image circle to allow much camera adjustment, but they are nice compact lenses, and useful for landscape work where adjustments don't need to be extreme, usually.
    I have found the 135mm Sironar S to have plenty of coverage, is very sharp and is just about the perfect lens for me. It is my "normal" lens, sort of like a 35mm in 35mm format.

    The 180 will be a good focal length to get started with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnywalker View Post
    I believe a rule of thumb is to go with the length of the hypotenuse for "normal". The hypotenuse of 4" by 5" inches is 6.4 inches, or 163 mm. By that measure, 180 mm would be a trifle on the long side.
    And now I know why Barry got scared about complexity. You just had to bring up the hypotenuse, didn't you!

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    My first lens was/is a 180mm f/5.6 Scheider-Kreuznach Symmar and I absolutely love it. Lots of movement and coming from 50mm as my go-to-35mm lens, 180 is perfect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by holmburgers View Post
    My first lens was/is a 180mm f/5.6 Scheider-Kreuznach Symmar and I absolutely love it. Lots of movement and coming from 50mm as my go-to-35mm lens, 180 is perfect.
    That is the lens that is coming with this kit, 180mm f/5.6 Scheider-Kreuznach Symmar-S Compur1
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    Oooohh, actually mine is not a Symmar-S, but the older convertible style. I think you will be very pleased though with the "S".

    I really dig the convertible aspect; two for the price of one!

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    nice lens barry !

    its a convertible i think, so you have 2 lenses in one
    it probably converts to a 315mm f12 when converted
    ( remove the front lens from the shutter )
    i have a old 210 / 370 and it is nice when converted
    nice wide open for portraits.
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    I thought that the Symmar-S series are not convertibles actually.

    However, this would suggest otherwise....http://www.apug.org/forums/viewpost.php?p=178013
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