Schneider Angulon 120mm f6.8

Discussion in 'Large Format' started by john_mcdonald, Jun 1, 2002.

  1. Is anyone familiar with this type of lens for use on 4x5? The one I am considering
    is from around '57. It is pretty small (49mm filter), coated, and covers 211mm
    at f16. So far it sounds good, but I read a comment in the archives about one
    owner who thought it a little soft. I have not been able to turn up much on this
    lens. Thanks.
  2. My advice is to purchase a 121mm Super Angulon before purchasing the
    120mm Angulon. The 121mm is the single-coated version, when compared
    to the 120mm S.A. It costs maybe about $200 more than the Angulon,
    since they typically go for about $550 on EBay. But, you get a
    much better lens, with extreme movements for 4x5.


    I had the Angulon and upgraded to the 121mm. I would never go back,
    nor do I see much need to upgrade to a multi-coated lens. (But, I'm
    not a professional photographer, either.) The Angulon isn't as sharp
    as the S.A., and it had a tendency to distort the image near the
    edges, if you used the limited movements of which it was capable.


    I would add that my Angulon was in very good shape cosmetically, but
    developed a fungus between the glass elements. They are old lenses.
  3. I owned one for a while, actually a Linhof-branded version, so it was
    supposedly a better example of the type. Very small and lightweight.
    The quality was ok without movements, but when you used those 211mm
    of image circle, it was rather soft in the edges. Also, if I recall
    it right, the smallest opening was f/32, and since you needed f/22
    with movements to get acceptable sharpness, it was only a 1 f-stop
    range in reality. The circle of illumination is actually larger than
    Another alternative, definitely less bulky than the Super-A., is the
    now discontinued Super-SymmarHM 120mm from Schneider. Quite sharp, and
    less weight than its succesor, the 110mm XL, although a little longer.
    It has about the same image circle as the old Angulon.
  4. There's a 121 Super Angulon for sale the Midwest Photo for $499 -
    it's in Compur shutter - and have no idea about the versions...
  5. John,


    The 120mm Angulon covers 5x7 film with only a wee bit of movement, so they
    have quite acceptable movements for a 4x5. Angulons are all single coated. I
    purchased one about 9 months ago. I found my particular lens (1951) to have
    decent resolution (55@ f/11, 55@ f/16, 45@ f/22 measured at center). I found
    the quality of this lens acceptable for most of my B&W work, it is a bit less
    sharp and constrasty than my 4 3/8" WA Dagor, but also much cheaper. If you
    are looking for a cheap medium wide for a 4x5 I think this lens fits the bill.
  6. I would also like to point out that the Angulon is MUCH smaller and
    lighter than the S. Angulon.

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