A dedicated focal length lens like the one in question is going to be both more compact and optically superior to any true telephoto design.
It will have a significantly larger image circle, so also be usable on 8x10 if that interests you. You can acquire superb optical performance more economically by using a process lens like an Apo Nikkor, but by the time you add a shutter it won't save you that much money. And more important, once you are forced into a big no. 3 shutter you not only lose your weight advantage, but potentially risk more vibration on the front standard of a lightwt field camera. The Schneider 350/f11 is the first thing of this focal length to come along in a small shutter since the Fuji 360A, which will be equally expensive if you can even find one. In terms of real-world usage and high-quality enlargements, the choice of a smaller shutter can make a huge difference. Both these lenses are in an utterly different quality league than the old Tele-Arton.
In the end I bought the 350/11 new through B&H - possibly one of the last that Schneider has in stock since it had to be special ordered from Germany. I think it was a wise purchase given the scarcity of the lens on the second hand market and its focal length / weight / filter size combination. Plus since I'm using the Chamonix 45F1 I can use it without any bellows extender which was a pain with my 450 lens which really was too long on this format anyway. Thank you all on this thread for your input.
Good move, this lens *might* have only had one manufacturing run, along with several others, it will be discontinued by the end of the year:
A shame too, fabulous lens.
I would hope you are right, but the OP talked to Schneider ( post #19 ) and found the information to be true. I would rather it not be true.
So jealous of angus and Dan (PMK) I just can't afford it!
I'm very happy with my Fujinon 300mm F/8.5 C lens, but that extra 50mm really makes a difference...someday perhaps I'll get a deal, Dan, you know who to come to if you ever want to let it go ;)