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    Kodak Color Printing Ektar Lens

    Any experience using the Kodak Color Printing Ektar Lenses?

    I have the 70mm f4.5, the 87mm f4.5, the 130mm f5.7 and the 157mm f6.3

    Use as a macro lens?

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks

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    Re: Kodak Color Printing Ektar Lens

    Quote Originally Posted by jdurr View Post
    Any experience using the Kodak Color Printing Ektar Lenses?

    I have the 70mm f4.5, the 87mm f4.5, the 130mm f5.7 and the 157mm f6.3

    Use as a macro lens?

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks
    I’ve used these mounted to a Supermatic shutter on 4x5 and they’re great. They have a very strong Petzval-like bokeh effect when used the right way. This is a wet plate collodion image made with the 113mm Color Printing Ektar. These are very sharp and contrasty, even wide open. Well worth exploring!

    PS: it is my understanding that some of these are Heliar designs.
    Last edited by paulbarden; 11-Nov-2022 at 09:25.

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    Re: Kodak Color Printing Ektar Lens

    I think the Color Printing Ektars were made for high-volume "package" printers in commercial photo labs. So basically enlarging lenses. But as paulbarden shows, that doesn't mean you can't use them for something else!

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    Re: Kodak Color Printing Ektar Lens

    Beautiful image

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    Re: Kodak Color Printing Ektar Lens

    I suspect both the 130 and 157 can be used for 4x5 enlargements.

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    Re: Kodak Color Printing Ektar Lens

    Quote Originally Posted by ic-racer View Post
    I suspect both the 130 and 157 can be used for 4x5 enlargements.
    Now, I have to give them a try. Thanks Gonna keep 3 and sell 3.

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