FWIW, I have the Nikkor (which I use on my ancient 5x7 Korona) and I like it alot. I have not had the opportunity to use any other 90 mm lens and chose the Nikkor based on what I read in the Large Format list. I have not regretted the choice. Jeffrey --- John Meyers <jmeyers102@xxxxxxxxx> wrote: > > --- Stein <rstein@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > > > Dear John, > > > > I use an f.8 90 mm lens and in view ( pun ) > of > > the pictures that get > > taken with it, the aperture is fine. This is not > > fast-grab work, and 30 > > seconds under the dark cloth lets your eyes adjust > > to the screen. That said, > > it is a little dim when I use a reflex viewer at > the > > back of the studio > > camera - but then I drape under the cloth and it > all > > comes good. > > > > My choice for how to live your life? Save for > > the Nikkor lens. I use a > > Nikkor W 135 for field work and it is absolutely > > brilliant, particularly > > when you have to include the sun in the shot. No > > flare, even shooting right > > out to sea on a clear morning. > > > > Uncle Dick > > > As I think about it more, it seems to come down to > the > following questions: > > Do I want/need the larger image circle that the > Nikkor > 90mm f8 provides, allowing more movements? Answer: > given my current skill level, probably not. > > Do I need/want the larger aperture that the Caltar > f6.8 provides? Answer: That's not a deciding factor > for me. Although I'm sure that extra brightness > would > be welcome when focussing, Uncle Dick's comments > above > address that well. (Also, as someone else pointed > out, > the larger aperture lens does command a higher > price, > at least when new. The Caltar lens is listed at > Calumet for $929.99 -- certainly out of my price > range, but indicating that the one I saw offered for > %00 is a pretty good deal). > > If I were able to try out both these lenses, plus > the > Fujinon that Dave Hornford mentioned, would I be > able > to detect a difference? Answer: I don't know. > > So this brings me back to: Do I get a Nikkor based > on > the strong recommendations I've seen a couple of > places, as well from Uncle Dick? > > It all comes back to the pocketbook I guess. I was > looking to spend not more than $500, so perhaps that > used Caltar... > > Thanks all. > > John Meyers > > > > > > > > > > > _______________________________ > Do you Yahoo!? > Shop for Back-to-School deals on Yahoo! Shopping. > http://shopping.yahoo.com/backtoschool > ============================================================================================================= > To unsubscribe from this list, go to > www.freelists.org and logon to your account (the > same e-mail address and password you set-up when you > subscribed,) and unsubscribe from there. > __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? New and Improved Yahoo! Mail - 100MB free storage! http://promotions.yahoo.com/new_mail ============================================================================================================= To unsubscribe from this list, go to www.freelists.org and logon to your account (the same e-mail address and password you set-up when you subscribed,) and unsubscribe from there.