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I am new to Large format and I have been given some older Lenses to start up. I have not been able to test them because I am waiting for lens boards etc. I was wondering if I could ask for some "Suggestions and Preferences" with regard to lenses I have been given, their qualities and uses. All are in perfect working order, shutters clean and adjusted. I will be mainly taking Landscape Photos. Symmar 1:5.6/240 Symmar 1:5,6/ 135 (copal0), Angulon 1:6,8/120, Super Angulon1:8/121. as well as a shutterless Symmar-S5,6/180. Otherwise Compur Shutters. Regards Paul Mapstone
-- Paul mapstone (email@example.com), March 05, 2002
Paul: Assuming that your LF is 4x5, you have a good selection of quality lenses. The Super Angulon is a newer and better lens than the Angulon. Symmars are good lenses. The 240 is a good portrait-medium telephoto on 4x5, the 120-121 is slightly wide, as is the 135. Normal for 4x5 is 150. The 180 is a long normal. I would get rid of the 120 because it is the same focal length as the 121 and not as good a lens with less coverage. My suggestion, for what it's worth, would be to trade the 120 in on a 90mm.
-- Doug Paramore (Dougmary@alaweb.com), March 05, 2002.
I agree in almost every what Doug sayed but I`m not shure if the 121 Super Angulon is newer because I have a Super Angulon from 1956 So just look at the NO. on it the higher NO is the newer lens. And I would do a little tesing with booth and then you see wich is sharper etc. The Super has more coverage okay but the rest is to be tested!
-- Armin Seeholzer (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 05, 2002.
Whether or not the Super Angulon is newer, given that it's in good condition, it's better.
-- neil poulsen (email@example.com), March 06, 2002.
It doesn't make much sense to keep either the 120 or 121mm. They are both so close to the 135 to not make that much of a difference in practice (the same goes for the 180/240)
FWIW: I'd keep the 240 and the 135 - sell the rest and buy a 90mm. That would make a nice compliment of lenses, without wasted weight. Use whatever $ is left over for film.
-- Matt O. (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 06, 2002.
I am also new to large Format. I wish I had friends like yours. As a few people have said, I too think that one of the 120-121 lenses should go. I would keep one of them because I like the perspective of 120 as well as 135. How do you find focussing the 121? Is f/8 too dark? If not it does have great coverage. I would test both of these lenses for sharpness. If you are happy with the sharpness of both (and are sticking to 4X5) I would sell the 121. You will get more for it than the 120: possibly enough to get a 90. Will the 240 cover 8X10? If it will I would keep it around in case you want to shoot 8X10 and contact print in the future? I personally would have no use for a 240 in 4X5. If you decide to sell any of the lenses e- mail me. I would be interested in any one of them. In good condition, they are all quality lenses.
-- Edward Kimball (email@example.com), March 06, 2002.