Fuji GX617 - 72mm unicorn?

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Further on down in the next post, he says "I understand that 72mm and 300mm glass is also available as a special order".
 
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Thanks for the replies. Sorry I forgot to reply earlier, to my own thread!
Further on down in the next post, he says "I understand that 72mm and 300mm glass is also available as a special order".
I suspect these lenses are no longer available for special order. Even if they were, I suspect the price would be astronomical. Maybe it would be possible to custom make one with the Schneider 72mm XL lens. Problem would be the external viewfinder. I've tried using Gaoersi's viewfinder, but they... really suck.
 

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Y'know, OP, there are machine shops. There are even machine shops that specialize in photographic equipment. If you have a lens and the money, a photographer's machinist should be able to make a lens cone with focusing helical that will let you use the lens on a GX617.

Come to think of it, a 75/5.6 Fujinon SWD can be bought for much less than a 72 SAXL and should cover 6x17 too.
 
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That's interesting, I hadn't considered the 75mm SWD at all. I see on the large format forum lens list that the 75mm SWD has an image circle of 196mm ( http://www.largeformatphotography.info/lenses/LF4x5in.html ). Not sure if that is across, or diagonally. It should cover it, since 6x17 is actually 56mm x 168mm. Do you think a center filter would be needed?

edit: 56mm x 168mm makes about 177mm diagonally, so the 75mm SWD should cover it. Thanks for suggesting it! Might look into that instead.

Next problem would then be the viewfinder...
 
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When I bought a 6x17 camera a decade ago I assumed I'd mostly use a 90mm lens, but I also bought a 75mm f8 Super Angulon and cones for both. In fact I've only ever used the 75mm, not a single frame with the 90mm it's used elsewhere now :D

I've found a 75mm ideal with 6x17 it's a normal lens in the Vertical perspective and great as a wide panoramic lens in the Horizontal perspective. Maybe the 72mm SA XL is a bit of a marketing hype, it has way more coverage (image circle) than's needed on a camera with no movements, but looks very exotic, it's really just Bling :smile:

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When I bought a 6x17 camera a decade ago I assumed I'd mostly use a 90mm lens, but I also bought a 75mm f8 Super Angulon and cones for both. In fact I've only ever used the 75mm, not a single frame with the 90mm it's used elsewhere now :D

I've found a 75mm ideal with 6x17 it's a normal lens in the Vertical perspective and great as a wide panoramic lens in the Horizontal perspective. Maybe the 72mm SA XL is a bit of a marketing hype, it has way more coverage (image circle) than's needed on a camera with no movements, but looks very exotic, it's really just Bling :smile:

Yeah, actually the 72mm SAXL turns me off becuase of the 95mm filter size. What kind of viewfinder do you use Ian?
 

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That's interesting, I hadn't considered the 75mm SWD at all. I see on the large format forum lens list that the 75mm SWD has an image circle of 196mm ( http://www.largeformatphotography.info/lenses/LF4x5in.html ). Not sure if that is across, or diagonally. It should cover it, since 6x17 is actually 56mm x 168mm. Do you think a center filter would be needed?

edit: 56mm x 168mm makes about 177mm diagonally, so the 75mm SWD should cover it. Thanks for suggesting it! Might look into that instead.

Next problem would then be the viewfinder...
Thinking of the 75 SWD and GX617 and 72 SAXL, I can't for the life of me understand why Fuji would buy in a lens for the camera when they made one that was nearly as wide.

Well, whether you'll need a CF depends on how you use the lens. Some compositions benefit from having dark corners with no invisible subject in them. By the Rodenstock/Schneider CF rule of thumb you'll need one. See my article (on the French LF site) on center filters. This discussion http://www.largeformatphotography.i...to-look-for-information-on-LF-(mainly)-lenses has a link to a list of useful links, including one to the CF article.
 

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Yeah, actually the 72mm SAXL turns me off becuase of the 95mm filter size. What kind of viewfinder do you use Ian?

I bought a Chinese Gaoersi 6x17 camera (it's the early version) about 11 or 12 years ago, I have the variable finder. It may not be the best finder but I've had no problems with it.

My 75mm f8 SA takes 49mm filters which is practical.

Ian
 
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