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    Don't 'ya just hate generic 'which lens...' for my 4x5 questions???

    Purchased my first 4x5 (Toyo) in the early '90's with 4 Fujinon lens, (that I could afford at the time): 65, 90, 150 & 210 All W or WS lens.

    I use the 150 & 210 most of the time.

    I've started shooting again with the 4x5 and want to replace my 150 & 210 with an upgrade. (doesn't have to be a direct 150 = 150 replacement. It could be a 180 or 240, etc)

    Here comes the dreaded question: Which lens/model should I consider that would be a noticeable improvement/upgrade?

    Of course, price is an issue.

    Mostly color negative and B&W films.

    Any help/information would be appreciated...

    Michael/Atlanta
    Last edited by Michael Nelson; 08-30-2011 at 01:01 PM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: clarity of information

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    The answer is simple: NONE.

    A few lenses will show a noticeable difference, but none will be a noticeable improvement.
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    With long exposures of large format an upgrade in a more solid camera and/or more solid tripod will be "noticable" anytime a breeze is present.

    As far as I know those Fuji lenses are not trash.

    My 30 year old 55mm Micro Nikkor (under $125) is the best Nikkor lens I have ever used bar none..

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    The Fujinons are excellent lenses, so unless they're giving you problems or you feel like you need another focal length or more coverage--I think you're set. Buy film!

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    Agree. Modern lenses on 4x5 are better than the film holders allow.

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    I agree with the tripod suggestion. I'm kicking it old school with an Ektar and Portra/Telek pre-lenses on an old press camera and couldn't be happier.
    Thank you.
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    I agree with the others... Fuji lenses are excellent. Get a sturdier tripod (if necessary) or buy film, paper and chems. Unless of course you are tempted by all those funky old lenses!
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    If you haven't used the 4x5 in over a decade, (you didn't say how long it's been) I'd hold off on a new lens. You may find that your style, or subject matter, has changed. Once you put 50-60 sheets through it, you'll know what you need/want.

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    If price was NOT an issue then you could buy the "very best" and have fun trying to see if it made any real difference. Since you said price is then just go out shooting instead and use those great Fuji's you already have.
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    I did an double in length for the lenses.
    I have a 75 / 150 / 240 / 360T

    With these babies i can generally spoken do everything i want.

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