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    Best low cost 135mm 4x5 lens

    Hi all

    This is my first post.

    I am relatively new to LF (1 year of shooting to date)

    I'm looking for a 120-135mm lens, there seems to be quiet a lot going sub $300 on evilbay.

    What are the best low weight ones with adequate coverage on 4x5 and work well with color film?

    At the moment my kit consists of a 90mm f8 super Angulon (uncoated) and Fuji 150mm f6.3 (the tiny one)
    I take my rig hiking and shoot mainly landscapes. I'm finding the 90mm a bit to big and slow to use on my camera (Toyo 45cf) and 120-135mm looks like a good all round focal length.

    Tim.

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    One lens to consider is the 120mm f6.3 Osaka (or Congo) wide field. It's a small lens and relatively cheap. I use mine for 5x7 and it covers nicely with very small movements. I find quality is comparable to my other lenses. Having a 120 would be nice between the 90 and 150. But 135's are very common and also cheap. Fairly small. I'd just find them too close to the 150.

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    Keep an eye out for a Rodenstock 127/4.7 Ysarex in a Prontor SVS shutter from a Polaroid 110a or b, plenty of coverage for movements and flash sync. Excellent image sharpness and priced usually under $150
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    Angulon 120/6.8 is a very nice one if you like them small and cheap.

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    Hello


    Any 120 or 135 post 1950 will do fine, choose a coated one for improved contrast, if you want a better one choose a plasmat tipe not a tessar or cooke triplet. In a word symmar, sironar or nikkor w or a fuji of the kind (5 or 6 elements).
    vive la resistance!

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    Check the 135 Nikkor W...

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    I have the Graflex Optar 135mm, came with my Crown Graphic. It's a very good lens & I think you can get one for under $100.

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    Nikkor W's are all purpose lenses. The SW's are wide angles. I have a SW 120 that I really like but it definitely is not light 12.7oz the 135W is 7.1oz if that 5oz really makes a difference.

    http://jeffreyglasser.com/

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    This was shot on a Rodenstock Xenar 135/4.7, single coated, from 1957. I'm sure it's not "the best" lens, but it is a Tessar-type, I think it is probably pretty standard for the Graphic, it's got its own look and it must be cheap. The shot was using a 23 roll-film back, so I can't comment on vignetting or edge quality at 4x5 as I haven't got results from that size yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick A View Post
    Keep an eye out for a Rodenstock 127/4.7 Ysarex in a Prontor SVS shutter from a Polaroid 110a or b, plenty of coverage for movements and flash sync. Excellent image sharpness and priced usually under $150
    127 4.7 tominons too ... same deal off of a polaroid camera
    ... a few years ago lens cells were sold for 10$ -20$ / set ...

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