Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2011/04/02

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Subject: [Leica] OT: Legendary lens
From: richard at (Richard Man)
Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2011 21:49:19 -0700
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Thanks Frank. The system I got came with two Nikkor, 90 and 180mm. The 90 on
the 617 is really wide - slightly wider than the 30mm on the XPan, and most
people have trouble with that super wide angle panoramic already. The shot I
just showed ("Big Wave") is from the 90mm Nikkor.

I'm thinking that a 135mm is a good compromise - not too wide but still wide
angle. Will look into it. Of course changing lens require either an empty
camera or a changing bag!


On Sat, Apr 2, 2011 at 9:26 PM, Frank Filippone <red735i at>wrote:

> Only if it is the 50's or 60's..... and you like or can fit old shutters
> onto the lens boards....
> The last great lenses are the most recent Sironars ( Rodenstock) and
> Symmars
> ( Schneider) Nikkor and Fuji The last 2 are out of the LF lens making...)
> .and all use modern Copal 0, 1, or 3  shutters.
> To be honest, I have had my View Camera lenses for the past 30 years or
> so.... and they are still selling for the same prices, used....
> A 210/5.6 lens costs $300......  150's a bit less.....240, a bit more.....
> The truth is that Ektars ( WF versions) had great coverage..... and are
> cheap for what you get.  But if you want the best quality for a few bucks
> more, stick with current ( or should I say recently) manufactured lenses
> with the attendant better build quality and coatings.
> For a 6x17 ( 179mm diagonal) camera, you would need the same image circle (
> coverage) as a 4x5 ( 154mm diagonal) negative ( it is the center of the
> same
> image circle, more or less....)  Lots of great lenses out there.....
> Check this out for selection....
> Frank Filippone
> Red735i at
> How about large format? Not that I will get into large format per se, but
> the 617 Fotoman in theory can accept just about any large format lens. So
> for example, Kodak Ektar 135 lens. Aren't they suppose to be really good
> too?
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