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Stefan Patric[_3_] March 13th 11 07:16 PM

Recommendation Request
 
On Sun, 13 Mar 2011 10:49:06 -0700, Cheesehead wrote:

If you were to pick a lens from 400 to 500mm, what would you choose?
8x10 coverage with modest movement is adequate. I prefer something in a
shutter & synced.


What are you going to use the lens for? General photography? Table top/
still life? Portraits? Flat art copy work? Etc. You want a new one or
will used do? How modest the movements? What's your budget?

Stef

Stefan Patric[_3_] March 14th 11 05:18 AM

Recommendation Request
 
On Sun, 13 Mar 2011 13:06:28 -0700, Cheesehead wrote:

On Mar 13, 3:16*pm, Stefan Patric wrote:
On Sun, 13 Mar 2011 10:49:06 -0700, Cheesehead wrote:
If you were to pick a lens from 400 to 500mm, what would you choose?
8x10 coverage with modest movement is adequate. I prefer something in
a shutter & synced.


What are you going to use the lens for? *General photography? *Table
top/ still life? *Portraits? *Flat art copy work? *Etc. *You want a new
one or will used do? *How modest the movements? *What's your budget?

Stef


Well, I shoot portraits and landscapes. No closeup/macro type movement.
For movements, a little rise or all seems to be all I ever use. Budget
-- let's keep it under $800


Of the "modern" lenses, I can think of two that might work for you:

Fujinon 420mm f8 L-series, #3 Copal shutter, 60 degree coverage, IIRC,
which gave it a decent range of movements. It was a modern computer
design of the classic Tessar (4 elements in 3 groups). AFAIK, no longer
made. So, only available used. Not all that popular because of the 60
degree coverage when it was new 20 to 30 years ago. So, you should be
able to get one for well less than your budget.

Nikon made a 450mm Apo-Tessar (f11??) around the same time, but it was
optimized for a 1:5 reproduction ratio (not infinity like general purpose
lenses). It was best for table top, product and copy work, but was fine
at infinity if stopped down. VERY sharp, probably too sharp for
portraits without a softening filter of some sort.

Stef

Stefan Patric[_3_] March 15th 11 05:06 AM

Recommendation Request
 
On Mon, 14 Mar 2011 12:14:22 -0700, Cheesehead wrote:

On Mar 14, 1:18*am, Stefan Patric wrote:
On Sun, 13 Mar 2011 13:06:28 -0700, Cheesehead wrote:
On Mar 13, 3:16*pm, Stefan Patric wrote:
On Sun, 13 Mar 2011 10:49:06 -0700, Cheesehead wrote:
If you were to pick a lens from 400 to 500mm, what would you
choose? 8x10 coverage with modest movement is adequate. I prefer
something in a shutter & synced.


What are you going to use the lens for? *General photography? *Table
top/ still life? *Portraits? *Flat art copy work? *Etc. *You want a
new one or will used do? *How modest the movements? *What's your
budget?


Stef


Well, I shoot portraits and landscapes. *No closeup/macro type
movement. For movements, a little rise or all seems to be all I ever
use. Budget -- let's keep it under $800


Of the "modern" lenses, I can think of two that might work for you:

Fujinon 420mm f8 L-series, #3 Copal shutter, 60 degree coverage, IIRC,
which gave it a decent range of movements. *It was a modern computer
design of the classic Tessar (4 elements in 3 groups). *AFAIK, no
longer made. *So, only available used. *Not all that popular because of
the 60 degree coverage when it was new 20 to 30 years ago. *So, you
should be able to get one for well less than your budget.

Nikon made a 450mm Apo-Tessar (f11??) around the same time, but it was
optimized for a 1:5 reproduction ratio (not infinity like general
purpose lenses). *It was best for table top, product and copy work, but
was fine at infinity if stopped down. *VERY sharp, probably too sharp
for portraits without a softening filter of some sort.

Stef


On the other hand, I recently picked up a big old Fujinon-W 300/5.6 in a
Copal 3.
So any lens cells that I can just plug into it will be a money saver.


Strange as it may sound, many times there is little cost differential
between just the cells, and cells with shutter. For my money, having a
couple extra shutters around just in case is a good thing.

Stef


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