Architectural Photography with Sinar F+ : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread


I recently acquired a Sinar F+ body, and I'm looking for lenses and accesories for it. Since I'll be doing architectural photo on 4x5 and 6x9 (roll film), I wish to have some advice. I'll be using shift and tilt for perspective correction. If I use wide angle lenses, will I need bag bellows?, any suggestion on lenses? What about the image circle? how does the Nikkor 105 5.6 W copal#0 lens work? I've posted similar questions on the same issue, but I need more info and help.

Thanks to anybody who can help.

-- Paulo Ogino (, January 08, 2002


Get Norman McGraths book on architectural photography. Steve Simmons of similar on using a view camera should help also. Since you have a Sinar, contact them. They have some of the finest publications around that will answer your questions. Take a look on this site at the specs for various lenses to find out the image circle.

-- Dan Smith (, January 08, 2002.

Follow Dan's advice. The Sinar F will focus with the standard bellows and 90mm lens but not allow any movement to speak of. You will definitely want a bag bellows, assuming you will use 90mm and shorter lenses.

-- Dave Schneider (, January 09, 2002.

You'll definitely need a bag bellows for wide angle work. The ordinary bellows will be streched to its limits with anything below 120 mm. I'm not sure that the 105 will even cover 4X5" and you'll have limited movements with 6X9cm. You should consider a 90 wideangle or 110 Symmar XL. (The choice of focal length is of course up to your preferences though.)

-- Björn Nilsson (, January 09, 2002.

with 6x9 you need shorter lens than 4x5, so you need a bag bellow to allowed movements. for architecture on roll film, if price is not a concern : wide angle : 55 apo grandagon from rodenstock or 58xl from schneider /// normal lens : super symmar 110xl from schneider/// long lens : from 120 to 210 mm schneider apo symmar or rodenstock apo sironar S. You may need something in between the 55 and the 110 : 75 apo grandagon or 80 super symmar xl. This is just the best glasses money can buy. There's a lot of cheaper alternative, for example all in second hand : wide : one current 65 from nikon, fuji, rodenstock or schneider, normal apo symmar 120, long apo symmar or apo sironar N. Because your camera can handle 4x5, you should try to buy lens that cover 4x5 (with movements). for the roll film holder : sinar slip in style, or linhof super rollex are the best, horseman is a good alternative. Good luck !

-- dg (, January 09, 2002.

Hi Paulo

The Nikkor 105 covers just 4x5 with no movements at f22 diameter of 155mm just the dates from the Nikon brochure! Don`t take that lens I would start with a 75mm or 90mm and then do some work with it and then take the next lens. And as already stated you need a bag bellows! Good luck!

-- Armin Seeholzer (, January 09, 2002.

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