Quote Originally Posted by Alan Gales View Post
Both are normal lenses. You are looking at 150mm and 180mm equivalents on 4x5 or 45mm and 55mm equivalents on a 35mm camera or full frame DSLR. The 210 you are using would be like the 420 that E. suggests.

Yousuf Karsh used a 14" (360mm) and I read somewhere that Richard Avedon used a 360mm Schneider on his American West portraits. You can check them out if you want examples.

I own a 14" Commercial Ektar but I have also tried a 300mm lens. There isn't a lot of difference in focal length.
Actually if I had to have an 8x10 camera and one lens, I'd go for the 360/14" as long as the camera would tolerate it. Miles of coverage, a nice "drawing" of views, useful for head&shoulders and larger portraits... I think Karsh had a Commercial Ektar which is a superb lens (Tessar type) but has less coverage than the symmetrisch types.