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Graflex XL with Zeiss planar 80mm f2.8
Old 12-31-2016   #1
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Graflex XL with Zeiss planar 80mm f2.8

Not many posts on the Graflex XL here, so I thought I would put one on. Just purchased the above camera with the Carl Zeiss PLANAR 80MM f2.8 lens + ,RH-8 (wind on back). Lens had paint flakes in it and range finder was off. Cleaned up lens, synchronised rangefinder, and after finding out the 6x9 back only produces negs 78mm wide, put on a RB67 back instead. Shot the first roll on Porta 160 today mostly at f5.6 with a couple at f2.8 + f4. Lets see how it performs.

If the planar is really good, I have plans to transfer it to another camera (scale focus), but with a better 6x8/6x9 back.
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The 80 planar is a great lens as are the Graflex XL's. In the 70's the university of Tennessee's photo services used them. They took a lot of abuse and kept on working.

Be owned two of the 100 f2.8 Planars on Linhof cameras and they were superb. The 80 should be equally as good. I'd be surprised if it covered 6x9. The 80 was designed for 6x6 and tge 100 for 6x9. On my 6x9 Technika V the 100 would cover 6x9 roll film with about 5mm of rise. The probably will just cover 6x7. The planarcdoesnt in tease in coverage much as it's stopped down unlike the Gause lenses like the Symmar-s, Nikkor W and Fujinon W.

I have a close relative of the XL. My Brooks Veriwide has a 47mm Super Angulon and takes all the 4 pin backs and accessories. It's a close cousin to the Graflex XL wide body which came with a 58mm Grandagon or 47mm Super Angulon.
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To see the actual coverage of my planar 80mm on a 4x5 Linhof Master Technical. Of course due to the size 1 shutter I can't mount it on a recessed board. On a flat board one can't use the camera to focus as the front standard at infinity is not on the focusing rails��. However positioning the front standard so the lens is focused on infinity, the following was found: Max image circle 106mm,however the outer 2mm is not great so usable image circle 102mm or less. Rear lens element recessed some way ~7mm, so image circle is restricted but the rear lens element being recessed more than I have encountered on my other lenses. Image circle stay the same from f2.8 - f22. As the lens was not fully centraled in the front standard ( looks OK but projected image circle shows it was not. A standard 6x9 image (56x84) could be achieved, only if the lens was centrally mounted over the negative gate. I still plan to go ahead with my 'full fat' 6x8 back (56 x 80mm). And. I might be able to use 2.5mm of rise if needed �� realistically, my 6x8 looks like it will make maximum use of the detailed projected image, as mentioned on other posts on the net, a full 6x9 is pushing the limits of the image circle.
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