Quote Originally Posted by Fred De Van View Post
Why would a wide field lens be designed for close range work? Especially one which is of a design somewhat similar to a Schnieder 6.8 angulon.

Wide field, portraits, close range, 210mm = optical contradictions. Makes no sense.

Mike1234 might be on the right track..
Small graphic arts printing shops needed a wide field lens to accomplish their work in a smaller area. Schneider was a big seller of wide field process lenses, as was Rodenstock.