G-Claron only for macro work?

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Some people in this forum have recommended Schneider G-Claron lenses.

However, the Schneider brochure says that G-Clarons are "Particularly corrected for 1:1 linear magnification. The lens can be used for angles of view up to 64 degrees within the scale of 1:5 to 5:1 and greater."

Does that mean they are not a particularly good choice for general photography?

-- Chris Bitmead (chrisb@ans.com.au), August 10, 1998


Schneider is, with their normal modesty, understating the abilities of these lenses. Test one before buying, but the photogs I know who have them find they are fine for infinity focus as well as close work.

-- Dan Smith (shooter@brigham.net), August 10, 1998.

Chris, I've used a 305 G-Claron for 4x5 and 8x10 with excellent results. I've examined 4x5 negatives, at infinity, made with both the G-Claron and a 210mm Symmar-S, and they are both equally good.

Compared to the cost and size of other lenses of equal focal lengths (Apo symmars, Apo Sironars, Nikkor W), the G-Clarons, as well as the Nkkor M lenses, are a real bargain.

They are great for general photography. Sergio.

-- Sergio Ortega (s.ortega@worldnet.att.net), August 11, 1998.

Having the same question in mind, I have seen on Schneider's site that the G-Claron are good for infinity as long as they are stopped to f22 or smaller. Paul

-- Paul Schilliger (pschilliger@vtx.ch), August 02, 1999.

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