Large Format Lens Specifications

        Modern lenses, those made in the last twenty years or so, tend to be better than older lenses because of lens coatings. Coatings tend to reduce flare, raise contrast, and contribute to overall performance. They may also be lighter and faster than comparable lenses of the past. Older lenses tend to be single coated or uncoated, and their quality will vary depending on how good they were to start with and how well they've been treated since.

        One of the most important things to note in any lens is the AOC (angle of coverage). The AOC is the diameter of the image projected by the lens. A lens has to have a large enough AOC to cover the film,otherwise vignetting (fuzzy,poorly defined edges!)will occur. Ideally, a lens has enough AOC to cover the film, and then some, which allows for camera movements like swings and tilts. If the AOC just barely covers the film, any movement away from neutral will cause vignetting.

        This is extremely important for lenses used with films larger than 4x5, since many lenses will cover 4x5 with some movements, but won't cover 5x7 or larger. Modern lenses have documented AOCs. Older lenses, however, may be more difficult to determine.


Lens coverage needed (without shifts & tilts) for each format is approximately;

  • 4 x 5 utilizes 160 mm of coverage.
  • 5 x 7 utilizes 210 mm of coverage.
  • 8 x 10 utilizes 310 mm of coverage.
  • 11 x 14 utilizes 450 mm of coverage.

        This list of view camera lenses was prepared to compare older lenses which may be available on the used market and with perhaps 2 or 3 exceptions, the lenses are in Copal shutters.There are numerous blank values in the table for which no data was available.

47-65mm |  75-80mm |  90mm |  100-105mm |  111-125mm |  135mm |  150-155mm
165mm |  180mm |  190-215mm |  240mm |  250mm |  270mm |  300-305mm

Focal Length 47-65mm

Brand Model Focal Length Maximum Aperture Image Circle Coverage Film to Flange Distance
Schneider Super Angulon 47 5.6 123 x
Schneider Super Angulon MC 47 5.6 123 52
Schneider Super Angulon 47 8.0 113 50.9
Nikkor SW 65 4.0 170 x
Nikkor SW 65 4.0 170 71
Rodenstock Grandagon 65 4.5 170 x
Rodenstock Grandagon 65 4.5 170 72
Sinar Sinaron W 65 4.5 170 x
Fujinon SWD 65 5.6 172 x
Fujinon SWDS 65 5.6 169 73
Schneider Super Angulon 65 5.6 170 71.4
Schneider Super Angulon 65 5.6 170 71.4
Schneider Super Angulon MC 65 5.6 170 73
x Acugon 65 8.0 155 x
Calumet Caltar WII 65 8.0 155 x
Fujinon SW 65 8.0 155 x
Schneider Super Angulon 65 8.0 155 70.5

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Focal Length 75-80mm

Brand Model Focal Length Maximum Aperture Image Circle Coverage Film to Flange Distance
Nikkor SW 75 4.5 200 x
Nikkor SW 75 4.5 200 82
Rodenstock Grandagon 75 4.5 195 x
Rodenstock Grandagon 75 4.5 195 83
Rodenstock Grandagon 75 4.5 200 x
Sinar Sinaron W 75 4.5 195 x
Fujinon SWD 75 5.6 200 x
Fujinon SWDS 75 5.6 196 85
Schneider Super Angulon 75 5.6 198 x
Schneider Super Angulon 75 5.6 198 x
Schneider Super Angulon 75 5.6 198 85
Rodenstock Grandagon 75 6.8 187 x
Rodenstock Grandagon 75 6.8 187 79
Sinar Sinaron W 75 6.8 187 x
Fujinon SW 75 8.0 161 x
Schneider Super Angulon 75 8.0 181 x
Schneider Xenotar 80 2.8 98 73

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Focal Length 90mm

Brand Model Focal Length Maximum Aperture Image Circle Coverage Film to Flange Distance
Nikkor SW 90 4.5 235 x
Nikkor SW 90 4.5 235 97
Rodenstock Grandagon 90 4.5 236 x
Rodenstock Grandagon 90 4.5 236 100
Rodenstock Grandagon 90 4.5 240 x
Sinar Sinaron W 90 4.5 236 x
Calumet Caltar HR 90 5.6 235 x
Fujinon SWD 90 5.6 238 x
Fujinon SWDS 90 5.6 236 103
Schneider Super Angulon 90 5.6 235 x
Schneider Super Angulon 90 5.6 235 x
Schneider Super Angulon MC 90 5.6 235 103
Calumet Caltar II 90 6.8 221 x
Rodenstock Grandagon 90 6.8 221 x
Rodenstock Grandagon 90 6.8 221 94
Sinar Sinaron W 90 6.8 221 x
x Acugon 90 8.0 219 x
Calumet Caltar HR 90 8.0 170 x
Calumet Caltar WII 90 8.0 215 x
Fujinon NSWS 90 8.0 216 99
Fujinon SW 90 8.0 216 x
Goertz Wide Angle Dagor 90 8.0 156 x
Nikkor SW 90 8.0 235 x
Nikkor SW 90 8.0 235 97
Rodenstock Geronar WA 90 8.0 170 87
Schneider Super Angulon 90 8.0 210 x
Schneider Super Angulon 90 8.0 216 x
Schneider Super Angulon 90 8.0 216 99

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Focal Length 100-105mm

Brand Model Focal Length Maximum Aperture Image Circle Coverage Film to Flange Distance
Schneider Xenotar 100 2.8 117 95
Schneider Xenar 100 3.5 117 96
Nikkor W 100 5.6 153 99
Rodenstock Sironar N 100 5.6 147 x
Schneider Apo Symmar 100 5.6 145 x
Schneider Symmar S 100 5.6 143 96
Kodak Wide Field Ektar 100 6.3 183 x
Fujinon NWS 105 5.6 162 100
Nikkor W 105 5.6 153 x
Fujinon NSWS 105 8.0 250 116
Fujinon SW 105 8.0 250 x

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Focal Length 111-125mm

Brand Model Focal Length Maximum Aperture Image Circle Coverage Film to Flange Distance
Goertz Wide Angle Dagor 111 8.0 186 x
Rodenstock Grandagon 115 6.8 291 x
Sinar Sinaron W 115 6.8 291 x
Nikkor AM 120 5.6 125 x
Schneider Apo Symmar 120 5.6 179 x
Schneider Macro Symmar HM 120 5.6 250 x
Schneider Super Symmar HM 120 5.6 211 x
Schneider Symmar S 120 5.6 173 118
Schneider Angulon 120 6.8 211 x
Fujinon SW 120 8.0 290 x
Nikkor SW 120 8.0 312 x
Nikkor SW 120 8.0 312 131
Schneider Super Angulon 120 8.0 288 x
Schneider Super Angulon MC 120 8.0 288 133
Schneider Super Angulon 121 8.0 290 x
Fujinon NWS 125 5.6 198 120
Fujinon NSWS 125 8.0 290 139

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Focal Length 135mm

Brand Model Focal Length Maximum Aperture Image Circle Coverage Film to Flange Distance
x Astragon 135 4.5 152 135
Calumet Caltar II 135 5.6 200 x
Calumet Caltar S 135 5.6 189 x
Calumet Caltar SII 135 5.6 189 x
Fujinon NWS 135 5.6 206 128
Fujinon W 135 5.6 228 x
Nikkor W 135 5.6 200 x
Nikkor W 135 5.6 206 128
Rodenstock Sironar 135 5.6 175 x
Rodenstock Sironar N 135 5.6 188 x
Rodenstock Sironar N 135 5.6 200 130
Schneider Apo Symmar 135 5.6 195 x
Schneider Symmar 135 5.6 190 x
Schneider Symmar S 135 5.6 190 129
Sinar Sinaron S 135 5.6 200 x
Kodak Wide Field Ektar 135 6.3 229 x

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Focal Length 150-155mm

Brand Model Focal Length Maximum Aperture Image Circle Coverage Film to Flange Distance
Schneider Xenar 150 4.5 180 142
Calumet Caltar HR 150 5.6 210 x
Calumet Caltar II 150 5.6 214 x
Calumet Caltar S 150 5.6 210 x
Calumet Caltar SII 150 5.6 210 x
Fujinon NWS 150 5.6 224 143
Fujinon W 150 5.6 245 x
Nikkor W 150 5.6 210 x
Nikkor W 150 5.6 210 149
Rodenstock Apo Sironar 150 5.6 252 x
Rodenstock Sironar 150 5.6 193 x
Rodenstock Sironar N 150 5.6 208 x
Rodenstock Sironar N 150 5.6 214 142
Schneider Apo Symmar 150 5.6 220 x
Schneider Super Symmar HM 150 5.6 254 x
Schneider Symmar 150 5.6 210 x
Schneider Symmar S 150 5.6 210 143
Schneider Xenar 150 5.6 173 142
Sinar Sinaron S 150 5.6 214 x
Sinar Sinaron WS 150 5.6 252 x
x Acuton 150 6.3 209 x
Computar Symmetrigon 150 6.3 218 x
Rodenstock Geronar 150 6.3 180 137
Goertz Gold Dot Dagor 150 6.8 210 x
Goertz Golden Dagor 150 6.8 210 x
Nikkor SW 150 8.0 400 x
Nikkor SW 150 8.0 400 166
Computar F9 150 9.0 218 x
Rodenstock Apo Ronar 150 9.0 135 x
Schneider G Claron 150 9.0 189 x
Schneider G Claron 150 9.0 192 151
Sinar APO Sinaron 150 9.0 135 x
Kodak Ektar 152 4.5 182 x
Rodenstock Grandagon 155 6.8 369 x
Sinar Sinaron W 155 6.8 382 x

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Focal Length 165mm

Brand Model Focal Length Maximum Aperture Image Circle Coverage Film to Flange Distance
x Acutar 165 6.3 163 x
Calumet Caltar 165 6.3 206 x
Goertz Wide Angle Dagor 165 8.0 289 x
Schneider Super Angulon 165 8.0 390 x
Schneider Super Angulon 165 8.0 395 x
Schneider Super Angulon MC 165 8.0 395 181

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Focal Length 180mm

Brand Model Focal Length Maximum Aperture Image Circle Coverage Film to Flange Distance
x Astragon 180 4.5 159 180
x Acuton 180 4.8 252 x
Calumet Caltar HR 180 5.6 230 x
Fujinon NWS 180 5.6 280 180
Fujinon SFS 180 5.6 200 176
Fujinon W 180 5.6 305 x
Nikkor W 180 5.6 253 x
Nikkor W 180 5.6 253 179
Rodenstock Sironar 180 5.6 234 x
Rodenstock Sironar N 180 5.6 252 x
Rodenstock Sironar N 180 5.6 262 174
Schneider Apo Symmar 180 5.6 263 x
Schneider Macro Symmar HM 180 5.6 250 x
Schneider Symmar 180 5.6 255 x
Schneider Symmar S MC 180 5.6 252 171
Sinar Sinaron S 180 5.6 262 x
x Acutar 180 6.3 219 x
Computar Symmetrigon 180 6.3 262 x
Fujinon AS 180 9.0 252 178

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Focal Length 190-215mm

Brand Model Focal Length Maximum Aperture Image Circle Coverage Film to Flange Distance
Kodak Wide Field Ektar 190 6.3 318 x
Rodenstock Imagon 200 5.8 150 x
Rodenstock Grandagon 200 6.8 495 x
Nikkor M 200 8.0 210 x
Kodak Ektar 203 7.7 216 x
x Astragon 210 4.5 229 210
Schneider Xenar 210 4.5 255 196
Calumet Caltar HR 210 5.6 295 x
Calumet Caltar II 210 5.6 301 x
Calumet Caltar SII 210 5.6 294 x
Fujinon LS 210 5.6 240 193
Fujinon NWS 210 5.6 300 204
Fujinon W 210 5.6 352 x
Nikkor AM 210 5.6 200 x
Nikkor W 210 5.6 295 x
Nikkor W 210 5.6 295 209
Rodenstock Apo Sironar 210 5.6 352 x
Rodenstock Macro Sironar 210 5.6 267 x
Rodenstock Sironar 210 5.6 266 x
Rodenstock Sironar N 210 5.6 286 x
Rodenstock Sironar N 210 5.6 286 x
Schneider Apo Symmar 210 5.6 305 x
Schneider Super Symmar HM 210 5.6 356 x
Schneider Symmar 210 5.6 297 x
Schneider Symmar S 210 5.6 294 201
Sinar Macro Sinaron 210 5.6 350 x
Sinar Sinaron S 210 5.6 310 x
Sinar Sinaron WS 210 5.6 352 x
Schneider Xenar 210 6.1 249 206
x Acutar 210 6.3 240 x
Computar Symmetrigon 210 6.3 308 x
Kodak Commercial Ektar 210 6.3 270 x
Calumet Caltar HR 210 6.8 230 x
Goertz Gold Dot Dagor 210 6.8 294 x
Rodenstock Geronar 210 6.8 230 195
Schneider Angulon 210 6.8 362 x
Schneider Super Angulon 210 8.0 500 x
Schneider Super Angulon 210 8.0 500 231
Computar F9 210 9.0 325 192
Goertz Red Dot Artar 210 9.0 153 x
Schneider G Claron 210 9.0 260 x
Schneider G Claron 210 9.0 260 205
Calumet Caltar S 215 5.6 301 x
x Acuton 215 6.3 305 x

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Focal Length 240mm

Brand Model Focal Length Maximum Aperture Image Circle Coverage Film to Flange Distance
Calumet Caltar II 240 5.6 350 x
Calumet Caltar S 240 5.6 336 x
Calumet Caltar SII 240 5.6 336 x
Nikkor W 240 5.6 336 x
Nikkor W 240 5.6 336 227
Rodenstock Sironar 240 5.6 298 x
Rodenstock Sironar N 240 5.6 337 x
Rodenstock Sironar N 240 5.6 350 231
Schneider Apo Symmar 240 5.6 352 x
Schneider Symmar 240 5.6 336 x
Schneider Symmar S MC 240 5.6 337 229
Sinar Sinaron S 240 5.6 350 x
Goertz Gold Dot Dagor 240 6.8 336 x
Goertz Golden Dagor 240 6.8 340 x
Computar F9 240 9.0 372 220
Fujinon AS 240 9.0 336 240
Rodenstock Apo Ronar 240 9.0 212 x
Rodenstock Apo Ronar 240 9.0 212 235
Schneider G Claron 240 9.0 298 x
Schneider G Claron 240 9.0 299 236
Sinar APO Sinaron 240 9.0 212 x

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Focal Length 250mm

Brand Model Focal Length Maximum Aperture Image Circle Coverage Film to Flange Distance
x Astragon 250 4.5 203 250
Fujinon SFS 250 5.6 300 258
Schneider Tele Arton 250 5.6 158 x
Schneider Tele Arton 250 5.6 158 207
Rodenstock Imagon 250 5.8 180 x
Kodak Wide Field Ektar 250 6.3 422 x
Fujinon W 250 6.8 398 x
Fujinon WS 250 6.8 398 246
Kodak Commercial Ektar 254 6.3 317 x

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Focal Length 270mm

Brand Model Focal Length Maximum Aperture Image Circle Coverage Film to Flange Distance
Nikkor T ED 270 6.3 160 x
Nikkor T ED 270 6.3 160 188
Goertz Gold Dot Dagor 270 6.8 382 x
Goertz Golden Dagor 270 6.8 378 x
Computar F9 270 9.0 418 249
Schneider G Claron 270 9.0 334 265
Schneider G Claron 270 9.0 335 x
Goertz Red Dot Artar 270 9.5 231 x

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Focal Length 300-305mm

Brand Model Focal Length Maximum Aperture Image Circle Coverage Film to Flange Distance
Calumet Caltar II 300 5.6 425 x
Calumet Caltar S 300 5.6 420 x
Calumet Caltar SII 300 5.6 420 x
Fujinon W 300 5.6 420 x
Nikkor W 300 5.6 420 x
Nikkor W 300 5.6 420 287
Rodenstock Apo Sironar 300 5.6 490 x
Rodenstock Macro Sironar 300 5.6 275 x
Rodenstock Sironar 300 5.6 384 x
Rodenstock Sironar N 300 5.6 407 x
Schneider Apo Symmar 300 5.6 425 x
Schneider Symmar 300 5.6 402 x
Schneider Symmar S MC 300 5.6 411 280
Schneider Xenar 300 5.6 347 290
Sinar Macro Sinaron 300 5.6 360 x
Sinar Sinaron S 300 5.6 425 x
Sinar Sinaron WS 300 5.6 x x
x Acutar 300 6.3 325 x
Rodenstock Imagon 300 6.8 220 x
Fujinon TS 300 8.0 213 199
Fujinon AS 300 9.0 420 299
Nikkor M 300 9.0 325 x
Nikkor M 300 9.0 325 294
Rodenstock Apo Ronar 300 9.0 264 x
Rodenstock Apo Ronar 300 9.0 264 296
Rodenstock Geronar 300 9.0 340 282
Sinar APO Sinaron 300 9.0 264 x
Kodak Commercial Ektar 305 6.3 380 x
Goertz Golden Dagor 305 6.8 427 x
Computar F9 305 9.0 482 282
Schneider G Claron 305 9.0 381 x
Schneider G Claron 305 9.0 381 302

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This table was originally compiled by;
Michael Gudzinowicz

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