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    Enlarger lenses (My Small Collection), Share Yours Too

    I wanted to show you guys my small enlarger lens collection. I also want to hear your opinions on them. If you dont mind tell me which ones you like and dont like. If you would keep or sell. If you like one why and if not which one you prefer and why.

    I know there is a ton of information on enlarger lenses, I just wanted to share mine and hopefully you can share yours.

    Starting with the smallest a Componar 50 f4.5 (4 bladed, my first one)


    Next is my EL- Nikkor 50 2.8 I really like this one for some reason, It does well for me


    Next is my 90mm f4.5 my Omegatron. I like Rodenstock glass.


    Next is my 150mm f 5.6 Rodagon (this is to me a serious enlarger lens) Did I say I like Rodenstock glass?



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    My last lens is a 210mm f5.6 Comparon Schneider ( I just got it and haven't used it yet, I need to buy another lens holder for my De Vere 504 and they aren't cheap or easy to find.

    If any of you own this lens, what do you think? It looks nice, I may try it on my 4x5, I am sure it will be Tak sharp based on a wall image I projected. Schneider-K seems to always make nice glass, this one is beautiful. Best thing I got it for a song.

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    Re: Enlarger lenses (My Small Collection), Share Yours Too

    Schneider on Comparon and Componon optimizations:

    Zur Schneider-Componon-Serie wird jeder Fachmann greifen, der das feinste Detail seiner Negative in Großfotos makellos wiedergeben muß. Die optimale Korrektion dieser Componon-Objektive liegt im 10-fachen Vergrößerungsbereich.

    Die Schneider-Comparon-Serie ist zur Erreichung der allgemein geschätzten
    Compononleistung im 2-bis 6-fachen Vergrößerungsbereich neu geschaffen worden. Bei der Comparon-Serie liegt die optimale Korrektur im 4-fachen Vergrößerungsbereich.

    Selbstverständlich kann mit dem Componon z. B. 2- bis 6-fach oder
    mit dem Comparon 8- bis 12-fach vergrößert werden, genau so, wie
    man mit Aufnahmeobjektiven nicht nur bei unendlich arbeiten kann.
    Außergewöhnlich hohen Anforderungen kann jedoch zuverlässig
    durch zweckentsprechende Objektiv-Wahl entsprochen werden.


    http://www.schneiderkreuznach.com/ar...n_comparon.pdf (9/66)

    Die Serie der COMPONON-Objektive ist auf die Bereiche um 10 fache Vergrößerungen
    und mehr korrigiert. - Hier gibt ein COMPONON im Fach-Vergrößerer die feinsten Negativ-Details korrekt wieder.

    Die Objektive der COMPARON-Serie hingegen erreichen die gleiche optische
    Leistung in der 2-6fachen und optimal bei 4facher Vergrößerung, wie sie in
    der Praxis am häufigsten vorkommt.

    Selbstverständlich können mit beiden Objektiv-Typen - besonders bei schwacher Abblendung — diese Maximalbereiche weitgehend überschritten werden. Man wird dabei kaum einen Unterschied feststellen, ob nun mit dem COMPONON 2- oder 6fach bzw. mit dem COMPARON 8- oder 12fach vergrößert wurde.

    http://www.schneiderkreuznach.com/archiv/pdf/cpr.pdf

    The SCHNEIDER COMPARON series of enlarging lenses is designed to satisfy the
    strict demands of professional photographers. To fulfill the requirements of
    professional photography, the COMPARON with its four element, three component
    design is optimized for 2x to 6x magnifications.
    I've tried out a number of enlarging lenses as macro lenses. The best I've tried -- there are many, many enlarging lenses and I haven't even, um, scratched the surface -- is Wollensak's 4"/5.6 Enlarging Pro Raptar. Cheap lens when I got it. Apo El Nikkors have never, alas, been in my price range. For more details, see http://www.galerie-photo.com/1-lens-6x9-dan-fromm.html

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    Re: Enlarger lenses (My Small Collection), Share Yours Too

    Well I currently use the same 150mm Rodagon for my 5x4 work it's a superb lens I also have a 210mm & 240mm.

    I've a similar 50mm El-Nikkor which I've never used, came with an enlarger but I already had a new 50mm f2.8 Componon S and similar 80mm & 105mm, and an older metal bodied 135mm & 300mm Componon S, plus a few plain Componon's 50mm, 75m, 105mm, 135mm. Also have a couple of Comparon's that never get used and a cheap Componar. I do like Schneider enlarger lenses particularly the Componon S

    Must have quite a few others, 50 & 75mm El Rokkors a couple of Durst Neonons, an Omega, and some cheap lesser known Japanese lenses plus a Russian horror on a Leningrad enlarger

    Time to get rid of more . . . . .

    Ian

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    i would like to recommend the ektar enlarging lenses and the tth ental 2 lenses especially as taking lenses ,favourite sizes are 75mm and 100/105mm, cheers jwhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/voigtf64/

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    Re: Enlarger lenses (My Small Collection), Share Yours Too

    No photographs, but here are mine:

    f5.6 Apo Rodagon 50mm

    Apo Rodagon 120mm

    150mm El Nikkor A

    240mm Apo Rodagon.

    Last one is a process lens that's ideal for enlarging 8x10. Optimum Aperture is f16.

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    Re: Enlarger lenses (My Small Collection), Share Yours Too

    I think I have 12 or 13 enlarging lenses around here. This is the biggest:

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    Re: Enlarger lenses (My Small Collection), Share Yours Too

    150mm f5.6 Componon, 80mm f5.6 Componon and 210mm f5.6 Componon:

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    Re: Enlarger lenses (My Small Collection), Share Yours Too

    Rodenstock 300mm f5.6

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    Re: Enlarger lenses (My Small Collection), Share Yours Too

    Some very nice glass here. I love to see that I didnt make bone head choices when buying enlarger glass. Which one is your favorite you own, any why?

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