Schneider 47mm and Wista SP : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

Will a Schneider 47mm (or any 47mm) work on a Wista SP? If so, should I spend the extra money on an XL? Because I have a Sinar multi format back (6X4.5 to 6x12), I can't foresee myself using it much with 4x5 (extremely wide) but I've never worked with that wide of a perspective either. Any thoughts? I would be using it for field/landscape work.

-- Erik Biss (, March 24, 1999


In my original question I forgot to ask; that if the 47mm isn't compatible with a Wista SP (or is not practical) what focal length lens should I look for? My widest right now is a 90mm.

-- Erik Biss (, March 24, 1999.


While I don't have direct experience in using lenses shorter than 90mm with my own Wista SP, it appears that 65mm is the shortest focal length that you will be able to use with this camera. According to my Wista literature, two lensboards are available for use with short focal length lenses -- a recessed lensboard, which is just as its name implies, and a wide-angle lensboard, in which the lens mounting surface is displaced back from the standard mounting surface with four pins or spacers approximately 25mm in length. This board is suitable for use with lenses from 65mm to 90mm. Hope this helps.

-- Matt Long (, March 25, 1999.


Matt is correct. The best way to use a shorter than 90mm with the Wista SP is with the special recess board that Wista sells. I have never found it practical (to replace the bellows) in the field. Without the special board I have no trouble with the 90mm. I can also use a 75mm with a bit of struggle. I have also used a 65mm but it is a battle. I would think anything shorter than 65mm would be a all out war, then again in times of desperation all is fair game.

-- Pat Raymore (, March 25, 1999.

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