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    "Old" vs "new" 60mm and other options

    I just tried out the "new" SK Digitar 60XL on my Cambo WDS+P45 at Capture Integration's workshop this past week, and it's a pretty phenomenal lens as far as maintaining detail out into the corners, not having a lot of falloff, and not needing much LCC. Only problem is: it's expensive, and I'm thinking it also might be a wee bit long for what I'd want to be using it for. I'm doing primarily interior/exterior architecture, and I'm finding that I sometimes need a longer lens for architectural details and for shooting buildings from across streets. In the 35mm world, this would be where the Canon 45TS-E would be the "run-to" option.

    1. Does anyone know what the differences *in practice* between the "old" and "new" SK 60 actually are?

    2. There seem to be four 'on the wide side of normal' Cambo-mount lenses that could possibly get the job done: the "new" SK60, the "old" SK60, and the Rodenstock 55 and 50. The Digaron-S 60 is right out due to the skimpy 70mm image circle. Anyone have any thoughts on the 50 or 55?

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    Re: "Old" vs "new" 60mm and other options

    Best combination with the large sensor backs (even the 60-80mp backs) is the Rodenstock 40mm HR and the 70mm HR. The 72mm SK is also an alternative. If choosing the 50mm HR then the 90mm HR would go great with it or the 90mm SK.

    IMHO the 70 is too close in focal length to the 50 if choosing the 50 as your wide angle.

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    Re: "Old" vs "new" 60mm and other options

    Thanks! Forgot to mention: my current wide is the SK 35, which works great for a lot of things. 70 feels a bit too long for a lot of the work I do, which leaves 47-60 as the range to consider.

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    Re: "Old" vs "new" 60mm and other options

    The old SK 60mm is an F/4 an has only a 60mm image circle.

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    Re: "Old" vs "new" 60mm and other options

    A lower cost option is the Apo-Sironar Digital 55mm. While not as fine as the new 60mm Schneider, it does a pretty nice job, and handles movements well with the lower mp backs.

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    Re: "Old" vs "new" 60mm and other options

    Anyone have the Apo-Sironar and willing to share a few example images?

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