127 mm Ektar

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How good is the Kodak 127mm f/4.7 Ektar lens with the EK Supermatic shutter w/ flash sych, coated, circa 1946 for a 4x5 camera?


-- dileep prakash (dil@mantraonline.com), July 25, 1999


I had a 127 and 203 Ektar on my Graphic view II. They were good lenses, nice and sharp, and had more than enough contrast for me. Not a super big image circle, but enough to allow movements. I later put them on a Wista, and they were a good match to that camera as well.

-- Tony Brent (ajbrent@mich.com), July 25, 1999.

I have a Graflex 45 that I use my 127 with and it is sharp, I am very pleased with it. I use it mainly with a rollfilm back 6x9, it has very good coverage with that format. Pat

-- pat j. krentz (krentz@cci-29palms.com), July 25, 1999.

i've got a 127, and for an old lens it's surprised me on occasion. it has produced a couple fine negatives, transparentcies and b&w. i think this lens does well close to wide open, and i don't know if it is because it is a press lens or not. i've always intended to test its abilites across the f stops; i've not done this yet. i've heard the coatings back then were soft and prone to swipe marks, and i guess i lucked out and got a good one.

-- david clark (doc@ellensburg.com), July 26, 1999.

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