Schneider Xenar 135mm F4.7 : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

I've recently purchased a Crown Graphic that came with a Schneider 135mm F4.7 Xenar lens. I was just wondering what the general concensus was of the performance of this lens. Its currently in getting the Synchro-Compur P shutter repaired.

-- Chris Long (, May 10, 2002



Nice and sharp with good contrast but very little movements on to 4x5.

-- matthewc (, May 10, 2002.

Nice lens for general, light landscape stuff.

-- Scott Walton (, May 10, 2002.


I have the same camera and lens, same shutter. The lens is sharper than I expected, amazingly sharp in fact. It isn't visibly less sharp on the transparency under magnification than my Caltar II N 150, although I haven't made side-by-side shots and examined edges. I usually stop down to f 16 or f 22. The lens may not have much coverage, but it seems to be enough for the movements on the Crown.

Keep the sun off the front element and stop down to f 11 or more and this lens should perform well.

I enjoy the Crown a lot. I have another LF camera, but I doubt I'd sell the Crown!



-- Steve Hamley (, May 10, 2002.

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