Is 150/5.6 APO Sironar S small enough to fold with field camera? : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

Hi, I'd like to get a good quality metal field camera like the Horseman FA, and would like a the best possible lens small enough to fold with the camera for portability. Ideally this would be the Rodenstock 150/5.6 APO Sironar S, which is highly recommended. If not, what top lens in the 90mm to 150mm range would work? Thanks!

-- Matt Docis (, January 01, 2002


Don't get all hung up on 135 or 150 or 180 lenses. If you want to fold the camera get lense that folds up . I have Crown Grafic with the Schneider 135 and it folds and is very sharp. I know it is wider than the 150 but reall not much, Of course I get no movements but then thats the trade off. I do also fit larger lenses tha do not fold but the 135 is aways on so I can get set up fast and get the shot, That's why I use a range finder 4x5 and have focus stops .Thsi si the same lense the Linhoffs use on their folding cameras, SO too is their 90 whick will fold up too. So get it and shoot the heck out of it.

-- Ed (, January 01, 2002.


FWIW, I have the 150 APO Sironar-S that folds up with my Wista SP. I can fit a lens with a front filter diameter of 52mm on a lensboard that has the hole drilled in the center (Wista pre-drilled boards have an offset hole). Hope this helps.

-- Matt Long (, January 02, 2002.

Hi Matt

As far as I know from my Horseman HF the pre version of the FA it is only the Rodenstock Sironar N 135mm without lens cups folds in the FA also an S version does not. Sorry! But it works wonderfull with the N version of 135mm just take it! Good shooting!

-- Armin Seeholzer (, January 02, 2002.

A Linhof Tech will definitely fold with a 150 Apo Sironar S inside. I have kept this lens in my folded Tech (both Super V and Master) for years.


-- Nathan Congdon (, January 02, 2002.

I have a Horseman VHR which I think has the same rail/bed configuration as the FA. I believe that the Horseman is limited to lenses 40.5 mm or smaller.

-- Paul Minkus (, January 02, 2002.

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