Is a 240mm a good choice for a general purpose 4x5" studio lens?greenspun.com : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread
I am being offered a LF kit consisting of the following items: Cambo Legend 2 with Rodenstock Apo-Sironar-N 240mm, Manfrotto TriAut tripod with Super Pro head, 545 polaroid holder and 10 Fidelity holders. All this,in mint condition, for only 875 US $.
My question: is the 240 a good choice for general studio photography? I guess the standard choice is a 210, but a 240 doesn't seem to be that much different.
-- Stefan Geysen (email@example.com), April 01, 2001
I can't speak for the Cambo, but the Apo-Sironar N 240 is considered as the studio photographer's workhorse, with an image circle exceeding 8x10. I don't think the Copal #3 it uses is a drawback for studio photography. As you said, there is not that much difference with a 210 and if you have the space to work, a narrower angle makes background integration easier. Price seems good!
-- Paul Schilliger (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 01, 2001.
The LF kit sounds like a super deal at the price. A lens of 240 mm focal length will work well as long as your studio isn't very small.
-- Michael Briggs (email@example.com), April 01, 2001.
"...If your studio is too small..." and if you have enough bellows draw for close up work. The lens should be terrific.
-- Ellis Vener (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 02, 2001.
Just buy the thing before someone else gets it. Or send me the guys number and I'll buy it.....
-- Jim Colburn (email@example.com), April 02, 2001.
I would say that the 240mm is the ideal 5"x4" studio lens, given sufficient working space.
-- Garry Edwards (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 03, 2001.
Thanks everyone for contributing an answer. I've come across a couple of books about studio photography that recommend the 240mm too. Today, I bought the camera, and it seems I've scored an amazing deal: the camera and all that came with it looks and functions like new, but I only paid 1/4 of what it would cost new!
-- Stefan Geysen (email@example.com), April 07, 2001.