Minimal Flange Focal Distance for a sort telephoto lens : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

Having recently taken the plunge into LF and got an Ebony RSW45 camera I find myself wondering about using a short telephoto lens in the order 250-350mm. I can extend the bellows draw on the camera from 180mm to 210mm with a "top-hat" lens board but wouldn't want to get into extended backs for both expense and portability reasons. I have found the Fuji 300/8 T with an FFD of 195mm and the Nikon 270/6.3 T-ED with an FFD of 188mm. My question is, what are my options for cheaper, older, secondhand lenses. I have heard that Schneider 270 or 360 Tele-Xenars might fit my requirement but have no actual data. Any ideas?

-- Nigel Sutton (, April 26, 2002


I have two old Wollensak teles mounted in shutters that I use on my Tachihara (it has 305mm of bellows draw.) One is a 25o and the other is a 380. The 25o is small and lightweight, the 380 is large and heavy but will work with a lensboard that has a slight extension to accomodate the large shutter.

-- Ken Burns (, April 26, 2002.

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