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    4x5 lens selection

    I am in the market for a 150mm lens for my 4x5 Crown Graphic. To utilise full movement of camera's limited movement I need 210mm IC lens. Don't want to spend $ks yet so after a long research it came down to the following 3:

    1) Nikkor W 150mm f5.6 (IC = 210mm)
    2) Rodenstock Sironar N 150mm f5.6 (IC 208mm)
    3) Schneider Symmar S 150mm F5.6 (IC = 210mm)

    I don't think there isn't much between them but just in case, is there one better than others or one to avoid?
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    "IC" is a new term for me in this context. What does it mean?

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    sironar n is the best, but ive seem some real nice nikors as well.
    same here about the term IC??

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    Sorry, IC = Image Circle.
    I heard Nikkor's little brother, 135mm is not that good but no one talks about 150mm.

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    i have a nikor 135. is was much cheaper then the sinaron but after using both 135's for years, i can rarely tell them apart buy looking at negs\scans\prints. nikor is the price preformance.

    another really nice option of you are in to the semi wide 135mm is a Fujinon EBC 125mm f5.6.
    one of the sharper lenses out there, and is pretty cheap as well. f you get one make sure you get one with the later shutters (usually means a later lens as well). the image circle is as big as it is on the nikor 135mm or bigger (i think its better then 200mm but i am not sure).

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    I use a 150mm Sironar N and it's an excellent lens, but I also have a Caltar 135mm, a re-branded Symmar and athat's optically as good but obviously a smaller IC.

    There's nothing to choose between any of the 3 you've listed, get which ever's the best bargain.

    Ian

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    If you can use 165 instead of 150 there is the old, cheap and small Angulon 165/6.8 (IC=300) or if you don't mind the extra weight (a lot of extra weight) you could try the Super Angulon 165/8 (IC=395).

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    i agree with ian 100%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesper View Post
    If you can use 165 instead of 150 there is the old, cheap and small Angulon 165/6.8 (IC=300) or if you don't mind the extra weight (a lot of extra weight) you could try the Super Angulon 165/8 (IC=395).
    There's no way a 165mm Super Angulon will fit a Crown Graphic

    Believe me I have both and the SA is a very heavy and also large beast, great on a sturdy 10x8 camera,

    Ian

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    check this out:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/FUJI-FUJINON-W-1...0#ht_500wt_922

    yes its single coating but for the price!!!! worth every penny!

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