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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 (email@example.com), 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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 (email@example.com), 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 (KRCrisp@aol.com), 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), August 03, 2001.