Super-Angulon 47 XL on Tech V ? : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

Although Linhof does not consider this to be adequate, I wonder if a 47mm S-Angulon XL could be used on my Super Technika V 4x5", with some difficulties for focussing, but with adequate shift possibilities. Any experience ?

-- Paul Schilliger (, August 01, 1999


The 356mm, 45mm and 47mm lenses will not focus to infinity on a Technika other than the Master Technika 2000.

Is infinity focus important for your needs?

-- bob salomon (, August 02, 1999.

Thanks Bob, Yes, infinity is important. My primary intent for this lens is landscapes on 6x9 and 6x12 rollfilms. Though I have measured the minimum space between the lensboard and the groundglass and it is far less than the focal distance given for this lens. In your answer (45-47mm lenses not suited for infinity) have you taken into account the special lensboard with bellows and focussing screw designed for short focal lenses ? I was going to set it aside and use a normal lensboard, focussing by pulling the chariot on the rails (this is awkward but I have done it with a 65mm lens).Should it work? Thank you for your advice. Regards


-- Paul Schilliger (, August 02, 1999.

You will never focus continuously and accurately by pulling and pushing the bellows. Critical focus is too critical for movements that crude. that is why the focusing is done by geared mechanisms capable of small precise adjusments.

You will also have an almost impossible time trying to get the drop bed out of the picture. Especially vertically.

-- Bob Salomon (, August 03, 1999.


You are right! This would be a lame couple. Never mind the wide landscapes! Thanks for your advice!

-- Paul Schilliger (, August 03, 1999.

Well, after lots of hesitating, I purchased this Super-Angulon 47 XL with it's center filter. I went for a trip in the Alps and was pleased to see the results on 6x9 and 6x12 films. Although the focusing is awkward, the slides are perfectly sharp. I used the pulling back of the Technika to achieve perspective control. In 6x12, the stretching of any object in the area beyond the 6x9 format is quite unbearable, not to speak of what it would be in the corners of a 4x5"! The light fall on the fresnel is drastic! I hardly see anything beyond a 9x9cm sqare from the center. Nevertheless, I am very satisfied with this lens. It makes very dynamic 6x9 or 6x12, where foreground and sky are involved. Perhaps even 4x5's with subjects that can bear lots of stretching. I would'nt recommend it for architecture on it's full coverage. A square becomes rapidly twice as wide. Unless, as someone suggested, one would look at the picture at a distance that may reproduce the angle of the taking. Another hindrance (not to speak of the price!) are the two f stops needed for the center filter. I found myself with pauses of a second in the sunshine! This makes it hard to catch vegetation in the foreground in the almost always windy conditions of a light changing day!

-- Paul Schilliger (, August 22, 1999.

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