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Thread: Enlarger lens size for 5x4 ?

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    Re: Enlarger lens size for 5x4 ?

    ... and by using a longer focal length lens, you are using the center of the glass which is reputed to be the best part.

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    Re: Enlarger lens size for 5x4 ?

    I would stick to either a 135 or 150 on a bench enlarger. I sometimes use a 180mm for small prints, but I wouldn't buy that as my primary lens for 4x5. Properly aligned a quality lens will be sharp corner to corner. If the corners are fuzzy it's almost certainly an alignment issue.

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    Marc! munz6869's Avatar
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    Re: Enlarger lens size for 5x4 ?

    Various folks have complemented my sharp prints (I wish they'd say nice things about composition or subject matter as well ) over the years, and I've used a 135mm Rodagon 90% of the time (and a 150mm Rodagon the rest). I can't say I've ever noticed distortion or vignetting ever, even printing edge to edge of a negative. I print everything at f/11 for sharpness and controllable exposure times, and rarely print larger than 16x12".

    Marc Morel

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    Robert Oliver Robert Oliver's Avatar
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    Re: Enlarger lens size for 5x4 ?

    I've been happy with my 135mm lens... wouldn't mind having a 150mm though
    Robert Oliver

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