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    8x10 Wide Angle Lens Recommendations

    Starting to build an 8x10 system and am looking for a wide angle lens which can cover (or almost cover 10x8), is manageable (in terms of weight & expense), and for which the front filter thread is vaguely standard. So far my research has turned up this list of possible candidates.

    Any ones I have missed, personal lens recommendations, and any top tips on the best places to sources these bits of glass will be gratefully received. (I'm in the UK)

    Many thanks
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    Model - Focal Length - Max Aperture - Image Circle - Front Filter Thread
    Nikkor SW 120 f/8 312 77
    Nikkor SW 150 f/8 400 95
    Super-Symmar XL 150 f/5.6 386 95
    Grandagon N 155 f/6.8 382 105
    Fujinon CM-W 210 f/5.6 309 67
    APO-Sironar S 210 f/5.6 316 72
    APO-Symmar 210 f/5.6 305 72
    Fujinon A 240 f/9 336 52
    APO-Symmar 240 f/5.6 352 77
    APO-Sironar N 240 f/5.6 350 77
    Nikkor W 240 f/5.6 336 82
    APO-Sironar S 240 f/5.6 372 86
    Fujinon CM-W 250 f/6.3 320 67

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    Wollensak 159mm will be mentioned, small and covers - I'm always looking for one, but seem to find them Right after they are sold

    the 240 G Claron in a Copal 1 are good, IC something like 350, also the 240 Germinar are great (I use one of these) in a Copal 1 - These repro lens, so may or may not be in a shutter.
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    The Fujinon lenses you want are the 250 f 6.7 (398mm) and the 80 degree 210mm W (352mm)
    Other than that the list looks OK, I'd just start looking for any of those in the list that are reasonably priced.

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    There is the Schneider 165mm Super Angulon (393.0 mm @ f22), 105mm filter.

    The early 80 degree Fujinon 180mm f5.6 (305.0 mm @ ƒ22) 58mm filter will cover 8x10 with minimal movement.

    There is also the 'classic' WF Ektar 190mm f6.3 (317.0 mm @ ƒ16).

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    That's a pretty comprehensive list there!

    I'm going to second what ic-racer said about the older Fuji 210mm W, it's a spectacular wide angle with plenty of movements stopped down.
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    Thanks Mike. Wollensak hadn't come up on my radar, maybe because I'd been scared away by the idea of trying to focus an f12.5 wide-angle. However, since your tip I've read lots of good things about them!

    Quote Originally Posted by photomc View Post
    Wollensak 159mm will be mentioned, small and covers - I'm always looking for one, but seem to find them Right after they are sold

    the 240 G Claron in a Copal 1 are good, IC something like 350, also the 240 Germinar are great (I use one of these) in a Copal 1 - These repro lens, so may or may not be in a shutter.

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    Thanks ic-racer. Having put together the list I'm erring more towards the wider (210 and below) end of things, but will definitely add the 210 to my jump-on-it-when-I-find-one-reasonably-priced list. Hmmm, now how do I edit my originals post Cheers, John

    Quote Originally Posted by ic-racer View Post
    The Fujinon lenses you want are the 250 f 6.7 (398mm) and the 80 degree 210mm W (352mm)
    Other than that the list looks OK, I'd just start looking for any of those in the list that are reasonably priced.

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    Thanks for the additions Ed. Very helpful. Now how on earth did I miss the 165mm SA from the list! Cheers John

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    Thanks for the advice Mat. The more I research this, the more it seems that Fuji are unsung heroes of the LF lens world! All the best, John

    Quote Originally Posted by mat4226 View Post
    That's a pretty comprehensive list there!

    I'm going to second what ic-racer said about the older Fuji 210mm W, it's a spectacular wide angle with plenty of movements stopped down.

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    Don't forget the 210mm f/9 and 240mm f/9 Graphic Kowa/Computar/Kyvytar lenses. Very compact with huge coverage, although the front filter threads aren't exactly "vaguely standard".

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