Since I plan to win the lottery tomorrow, I would like to know why you prefer Rodenstock over Schneider, or vice versa. Also, what about Sinaron? I've been warned that Nikon large format lenses are not often Apochromatic. Any thoughts?
--Can't wait to own my very own 4x5
#1. "RE: Schnieder or Rodenstock" | In response to Reply # 0BJNicholls Charter MemberMon 08-Jul-02 12:33 PM
From the research I've done, all of the current 4x5 optics perform very well. I went with a Nikon 150mm (highly rated) and a 90mm (large coverage and also highly rated in its class). Also consider Fujinon which produces some of the very best lenses. They're not as easy to find, however.
I wouldn't look at one brand over another. Look at the focal length, speed, and image circle size you want and then see what lens delivers the performance you want at price you can afford. Be sure to understand what image circle diameter you'll need in order to use camera movements with a given lens. Some lenses barely cover the format area.
Keep in mind that Rodenstock makes Calumet's lenses, so the Caltars are excellent lenses at a lower price.
Here' a start for a page where you can research the merits of various lenses:
The Large Format Page has the most convenient compilation of large format info I've found: