Toyo 45AX / AII lens question. : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

To Toyo AX / AII users: Have you had any problems using a 90 lens with a standard board?. Also how much coverage would this length of lens need to have to use all movements fully?. One last question -- Have you any second thoughts on your camera, or any unexpected dissapointments? Many thanks in advance.

-- Michael Mahoney (, September 03, 1998


If you can get onto the Toyo usa site they have a large format users forum which has lots of info on the 45AII, including this question.

However, I find that I don't always get a response from the server. But it is worth persisting.


-- Kevin Gibson (, September 04, 1998.

Michael, As you know, I went back and checked the threads and found several answers that are applicable to your first question. As regards coverage: virtually all modern wide angle lenses (that i am familiar with, which are the top four: Rodenstock, Nikon, Schneider, Fuji) have more than enough coverage for this focal length and your camera. Most of the answers I saw reviewing the related threads were positive about this family of cameras. I chose a Canham DLC for a field camera because I regularly use lenses shorter than 90mm and longer than 210mm.

-- Ellis (, September 04, 1998.

The Toyo 45AX I owned, was a dream to use with the 90mm Caltar 6.8. (The lens treated me fine, also.) The Toyo literature indicates the camera will handle lenses to 65 mm with the standard board. I bought it new June 28, 98 and sold it two days ago. Today I came home with a used Zone VI Classic built by Wisner. Compared to the Toyo, this old woodie is a bit shakey. I converted to wood for the aesthetics of wood. (Just personal taste.) The Toyo 45AX was great in all respects within the scope of its engineering. It feels and handles a bit different from what I am used to. It took only a short time to get used to the nature of the beast. I used 4 different lenses on the Toyo until I decided what to buy for glass. All 4 lenses (90, 150, 180, 210) made excellent negatives using the Toyo. My only gripe was the rear tilt was stiff and jerky. No doubt, that would wear in with time. R.P.

-- Robert Patrick (, September 04, 1998.

I've had a Toyo Field for over ten years and each time I think I'd like to change (usually to a Canham DLC), I end up reminding myself that it's reliable, well made and does everything I'm likely to need. I have a 90mm f/8 Nikkor and have used it on both a recessed board and flat board. I got rid of the recessed board because it was more trouble than it was worth. I've been using the flat board for many years and it does quite well for the scenic, outdoor work I most often do.

-- Eric Brody (, September 07, 1998.

I've really had no problems with my 90mm on the AX. You can exceed the movements of the rise and begin to pinch your bellows, but this is pretty extreme. I use a flat lensboard.

I have no disappointments or second thoughts on the camera as it suits my photography perfectly (for now). IF a 400 telephoto lens weren't long enough for me or IF a 75mm wideangle on a recessed board weren't wide enough, then I'd probably buy a different camera. Between those focal lengths, it's as good as any.

-- Mike Long (, September 07, 1998.

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