Sorry - I may have given the wrong impression. Modern lenses from the likes of Schneider, Rodenstock etc. are all fine on MF, but older LF lenses can be a problem. Even the new ones are designed to be used stopped down, though. You may not, however, get the same punchy contrast as with Mamiya 6 or 7 lenses (these are exceptional anyway), although actual resolving power will probably be very good. Rodenstock Sironar S and Grandagons are usually excellent, for instance.
Originally Posted by brian steinberger
I would expect most Fuji lenses such as your 135 to be really pretty good (although it may depend on its age). The weakness here is more likely to be imprecision in the camera - lack of accuracy in ground glass/film registration; slight movement in the camera as you tighten up lock knobs; slightly out-of parallel standards; inaccuracy of focusing on ground glass (which is more difficult on MF) etc. MF is much less tolerant of these issues than LF. That's all.
Re: Horseman VH-R - check how wide you can go with a design like this, as it might not be able to properly use the wide angle lenses you need for architecture - there may be restrictions from both the body and the bellows. I don't think Horesman make their own lenses - they may be rebadged Fujis anyway (nothing wrong with that, though).
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