Using an Ektar lens for Large Format : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread


I have a question about a Kodak lens I would like to use in a view camera. I'd like to use the 100mm Kodak Ektar lens and supermatic shutter from a spare Kodak Medalist II medium format camera I own. Question one is whether anyone has used this lens and shutter combination with a lens board? Question two - will this 100mm lens cover 4x5 photography with a standard view camera? I am looking at getting a Bender 4x5 view camera kit.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Ned Fenimore

-- Ned Fenimore (, August 03, 2001


"Question two - will this 100mm lens cover 4x5 photography with a standard view camera?"
A: No, which also makes question one a bit redundant.

-- Pete Andrews (, August 03, 2001.

Well, it won't cover 4x5, but it would cover 2x3, so there's still hope if you can mount a roll film back on that camera.

-- Alec (, August 03, 2001.

Ned: The above posts are right, it will not cover. The 127mm Ektar (available used as low as $75) will (barely) cover but delivers reasonable sharpness to the edges. If you want to use some of the features which make view cameras so enjoyable (i.e., movements) you'll need a lens with a bigger image circle.

-- Kevin Crisp (, August 03, 2001.

On the other hand, that lens is an absolutely gorgeous lens, so use it for something else or use it in your 4x5" camera with a rollfilm back. I adapted one for 35mm use as a portrait lens. Bob Monaghan was kind enough to post a few of my test shots with the adapted lens on his medium-format website at:

-- David Goldfarb (, August 03, 2001.

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