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Thread: Front mounting enlarger lenses.

  1. #1

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    Sep 2014

    Front mounting enlarger lenses.


    I have a selection of apo rodagons and i'd be curious to try them out for macro work.

    What are my options for front mounting them on a shutter? I dont want to modify or permanently mount them as i also need them for well...printing :-)

    Is front mounting on a Copal 0/1/3 shutter feasible?

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Sep 1998
    Buford, GA

    Re: Front mounting enlarger lenses.

    Get a reversing ring. Rodenstock did make them, make sure to tape over the illumination port on the base of the lens if you don’t use the Rodenstock one!

  3. #3

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    Feb 2010

    Re: Front mounting enlarger lenses.

    some will mount directly in shutters.

  4. #4

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    Sep 2014

    Re: Front mounting enlarger lenses.

    The ones i have are in Leica 39 Thread, what shutter adapter combinations for those exist?

    Taping over the illuminated aperture light inlet is a good point, i hadn't thought of that yet.

  5. #5

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    Jun 2007
    Reykjavík, Iceland

    Re: Front mounting enlarger lenses.

    You might not need a shutter. The speeds in macro at or greater than 1 to 1 can be really long. I just reversed the lens and mounted it roughly in a copal 2 lens board, held in place by the 39mm retaining ring. Then I would focus, stop down and keep the cap on. Pull the cap off, wait a second for the vibration to stop, fire the flash, and then replace the cap. This got me good results without a shutter for my usage.

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