Greetings, I have a Bessler 45mx enlarger outfitted with an el-nikkor 135mm f5.6 enlarging lens (age unknown, even nikon couldn't tell me the age when I gave them the seri al number). Anyhow, I did an experiment last night which showed that when the s ame negative is printed to the same size on paper, the image was sharper when ma de with my el-nikkor 50mm f2.8 elarging lens (which I normally use for 35mm) tha n with the 135mm lens. I could easily see the grain with the grain focuser when using the 50mm lens but it was not as sharp with the 135mm lens. I also found the shadows to be darker with the 135mm lens when all else (fstop, filter, time, size) was the same.
I want advice on what type of lens would yield better results than the 135mm el- nikkor. I am considering buying a new enlarging lens for my 4x5 work (All black and white stuff) and want to buy an OUTSTANDING lens