120 macro for landscapes?

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I have a rodenstock 120 Macro that makes outstanding closer type studio images and table table still Lifes. I'm getting the urge to go out to the ocean and shoot some landscapes. Should I even bring this lens? I do like the focal length.Anybody body got a feel for how it will perform outdoors for landscapes. I have not shot anything out doors with 4x5 for some time. Steven Meyers

-- Steven Meyers (Sdmey4@aol.com), March 20, 2002



As a rule the image circle of macro lenses is conservative and may, in fact, fall short of full coverage at infinity. Having said that, I got caught out one day shooting a skyline and needed a 120mm lens. The only one at hand was my Makro-Symmar HM 120 so i used it at infinity. It only just covered but was deliciously sharp. (On 4x5 that is)

Walter Glover

-- Walter Glover (walterg@netaus.net.au), March 21, 2002.

I would surely bring it. Then again, I bring all my lens (90mm-360mm) just in case I see something I like. I go out with a general idea of what I'm going to shoot but there are always other things that crop up. Bring it! Cheers

-- Scott Walton (walton@ll.mit.edu), March 21, 2002.

Thanks, guys! If there is any chance of getting a sharp shot with it, of course I'll bring it and probably use it just to see what it can do! From what I've read about the 110 xl from Schneider I won't want to take that lens of the camera! Steve M.

-- Steven Meyers (sdmey4@aol.com), March 22, 2002.

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