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Schneider Super-Symmar XL 210mm F5.6

The Schneider Super-Symmar XL 210mm F5.6 is the widest lens I own that has enough coverage at infinity on my 16×20 camera. This lens is the smaller and lighter version of the 210mm Super-Angulon, which is nearly twice as heavy, and it’s an F8 lens vs. F5.6. I also use the 210XL Super-Symmar on my 8×20 as well. To give you an idea of how wide this lens is on ULF, I use it as my wide lens on 8×10.

My lens is mounted in a Copal 3 shutter, which is typically how you will find these. The front filter size is a massive 135mm.

You can still find these lenses on eBay and via some private sales, especially in Japan, if you are willing to crack open your piggy bank and not cry too much. It’s expensive, but if you want an ultra-wide ULF lens, then this is the one to have.

I also use this for still-life studio work at 1:1, 2:1, and even 3:1 on my 8×20 and 16×20 cameras. At only 210mm, it is easy to get 2, 3, and 4 times the focal length in bellows draw on the bigger ULF cameras.

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