experience with 210 g claron on 8x10

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through various threads it seems the 210 g claron will cover 8x10 (reportedly an i.c. of 345 @f45 at infinity). hyperfocal setting will bump it up a little higher. my question is to anyone who has actually used one - are the edges sharp? will it withstand a 5x or 6x enlargement or is it contact print only? the other lens i'm looking at is the sironar s 210. it will cover and give maybe 328mm i.c. at an average hyperfocal setting (22ft @f32), but this doesn't give much room. is it possible to increase the i.c. by stopping down more on the rodenstock? is the only real solution the 210xl or super angulon? i do color work almost exclusively. any insights are greatly appreciated.

-- adam friedberg (asfberg@hotmail.com), January 01, 2001


My 210 G Claron seems pretty sharp at the corners. Not much by way of movements though. I'm afraid I don't have much experience with 5x enlargements of 8x10 negatives.

-- Erik Ryberg (ryberg@seanet.com), January 02, 2001.

In truth I haven't had my G-Claron that long and I never enlarge 8x10 negs so you can weigh what I have to say accordingly. I imagine there is some image sharpness lost at the edges, I can't see it. Secondly, a previous answer is correct, do not expect a lot of movement. Boy howdy, what a great little lens though! Go have fun with it!


-- David N. VanMeter (davidvanmeter@columbus.rr.com), January 02, 2001.

Adam, my Schneider catalog shows the G-CLARON having an image circle diameter of 260mm. You need at least 310 and that would be at f/22. The SUPER-SYMMAR 210mm is showing an image circle diameter of 500mm. More coverage, more hula! Steve

-- Steve Gilb (stevegilb@worldnet.att.net), January 03, 2001.

This lens will work dead center with sharp edges from contact prints (I cannot comment on enlargements). Very little room for movements.

-- William Marderness (wmarderness@hotmail.com), January 03, 2001.

You might think about the 240mm G Claron, about the same size/price, but the slightly longer focal length will provide a larger image circle without much difference in perspective.

-- David Rose (DERose1@msn.com), January 04, 2001.

There are two other 210mm lenses not mentioned here, which will cover 8x10 with room for movement and which should be cheaper than the 210 SS-XL or 210 SA. Both the 210 Apo-Sironar-W and the 210 Super-Symmar HM are designed to cover 80 degrees, for an image circle of more than 350mm at f/22 and infinity focus.

-- Oren Grad (orengrad@world.std.com), January 21, 2001.

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