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I know they are large and I know they are heavy, but has anyone had any experience with these monsters for 4X5 ? I have the opportunity to pick one up at a reasonable pric and was wondering if I would see any improvement in image quality at infinity compared to my Nikon 300M. Also, since the filter size is 100mm, can a step down ring, say to 82mm or even 67mm be used to accomodate those size filters and still have an adequate image circle for 4X5 with some movements ? Obviously it would only be used for "road kills", not backpacking !!

-- Don Hall (, October 17, 2001


I can only tell you that my expectations to use large relatively inexpensive lenses for similar applications have simply not occurred. I found that they just collected dust. Put the horse in front of the cart. Avoid the urge to acquire a lens that is obviously excessive in size, weight and coverage for your application. The 300M Nikon is a tiny footprint relative to the monster you describe.

-- Michael Kadillak (, October 17, 2001.

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