Quote Originally Posted by Old-N-Feeble View Post
A side jump, I know, but aren't virtually all modern wide-angle large format lenses retro-focus designs? Reduced angle at which the the lens must illuminate the corners is the obvious advantage and was already mentioned. I don't know if this outweighs any disadvantages to the design or if it's more about catering to buyers. My point is that there are no mirrors or other obstacles between the lens and film in view cameras so retro-focus designs must be pretty decent if current production wide-angle lenses are all of this design.

No.