Beseler Color Pro lens - WOW!

Discussion in 'Darkroom Equipment' started by JRJacobs, Apr 8, 2008.

  1. JRJacobs

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    I just picked up a Beseler "Color-Pro" 50/2.8 enlarging lens with some other equipment last week. It is a very nice looking lens, and appears to be a 6-element variety - but I didn't expect too much from it. I finally tried it last night and all I can say is "WOW" - it is a fantastic lens - I made a 11x14 enlargement at 2.8 just to see how it would do - sharp corner to corner and great definition. It appears to be easily comparable to my El-Nikkor and Componon-S lenses. Best of all, I got it as a freebie with the other stuff I bought for $20 total.

    Just a heads up that this is a good sleeper lens that can probably be found for cheap prices.
     
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    Very cool,

    I'm not 100% sure, but I am under the impression that your lens may be a Fujinon EX lens. These are supposed to be quite good.

    Mike Sullivan
     
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    Thanks for the info - I saw the "made in Japan" and was trying to figure out who made it. It didn't look like a Nikkor or Komura lens. I bet you are right that it is a Fujinon (which I know nothing about), but it is definitely a keeper.
     
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    I also have this lens as my only 50mm. Sold my EL Nikkor 50 f2.8 and kept the Color Pro. So far I have no complaints.
     
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    The Beseler Color Pro, (as far as I know) is a Computar enlarging lens rebranded by Beseler and probably not a Fuji. Computar enlarging lenses are imo one of the best made. I prefer them over nikon and german enlarging lenses hands down.