Lighten the load

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  1. martin henson

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    I suppose it comes to use all as we get older but things seem to get heavier, so I need to scale down what I carry, I have just bought a light 4x5 field camera and now I am after some advice.

    I just sold my Rodenstock Grandagon 90mm f4.5, amazing lens but just to heavy, so I am after another wide angle in the 90~100mm range, I want one that is preferably in a copal 0 size, one that has an image circle that will give all or most of the movements without cut off and lighter than the one I just sold.

    Any recommendations would be most welcome to which type would suit.

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    The 4.5 Grandagon N runs to 700g. A 5.6 Super-Angulon will drop you to around 570g. An f8 will get you to around 400g. The Super-Angulon has maybe 15mm smaller image circle at f8 compared to f5.6. The Nikkor SW is usually cited as the biggest image circle for f8.

    Or use something in the 100-135mm for the short end and a 210 for the long end of a pair. Sometimes the answer to weight is to work to the freedom of no choice at all.

    I have to admit, using an f8 90mm (on the MPP) is a lot harder than the f5.6 90mm I have on the Wista. Maximum aperture does count more in wides than longs.

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    Thanks Graham, any more thoughts guys?
     
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    Thanks Stephen, would this lens give adequate movements for rise and fall, and is it difficult to focus being an f8 ?

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    From the data sheet, at f/22 it has an image circle of 8", so it depends how much rise and fall you need. I haven't tried focusing it in what I'd call dim light, but with a loup I've not met with any difficulties. Possibly you could see what f/8 looks like on one of your lenses for brightness?

    I've also got the f/5.6 version, but the small size and weight of the f/8 make it preferable for me to carry.
     

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