Portrait Lenses for 4x5
What focal lengths do you folks prefer for portraiture on 4x5?
Mostly head & shoulders?
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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