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    Portrait Lenses for 4x5

    What focal lengths do you folks prefer for portraiture on 4x5?

    Mostly head & shoulders?
    3/4 length?
    Outdoors, including the dog?
    Nose, pores & pimples?

    Do you fight inadequate bellows draw?

    The reason for the questions is that I just posted a mounted meniscus lens for 5x7, and am thinking of adding something more suitable for 4x5.

    Take a look...
    http://www.apug.org/forums/forum379/...s-mounted.html

    Your thoughts?...

    Reinhold
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    Right now, I have a 10" Ilex Paragon (Portronic) in barrel, and use a top hat shutter. I have plenty of bellows draw to go much bigger, Calumet cc-401 w/22" bellows, and a Cambo w/18" belows. The cc-401 will get you in closer than you will ever want to be, the extra long bellows is great for macro with the right lens.
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    My favourite 4X5 head-portrait lens is my 360mm tele-xenar, which doesn't require full extension. My Linhof SupTecV has more than adequate bellows, so that is not a problem.

    I suppose I could get a clear shot of nose pores and pimples if that was the challenge, but I haven't tried yet.

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    210 Symmar works for me, or any of the modern plasmats for more or less straight portraits. I have an 11.5" Verito if I want something funkier.
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    I tend to like the 210 tessars for this job. I'd use a soft focus of similar focal length if it were more affordable like you've built.



 

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