Is there much value in an Orbit 12" (305mm) f/6.3 lens--supposedly made by Ilex??? : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

I'm thinking about buying a Calumet C-2, with the above lens. I have a general idea what I'm willing to pay for the camera, but don't know if this is a decent quality lens. I'm planning to use the camera to make contact prints, both traditional and alternative process. I'll use it mostly for landscape, but also for occassional portraits and still life. Any info on this lens would be appreciated. Thanks, Bob

-- Robert Brown (, May 09, 2002


Currently I use a Mamiya 645 and Fuji 670--I'd like similar qualities in a large format lens.

-- Robert Brown (, May 09, 2002.

No problem with that lens. Focal length = 75mm on 2-1/4 square. Plenty sharp enough for contact prints. Modern lenses of course show more contrast, but that is easily controllable in exposure/processing. Probably worth having the shutter checked/cleaned though- SK Grimes a good bet. Enjoy!

-- Mark Sampson (, May 09, 2002.

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