Enlarging lens - question

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  1. Nancy

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    I'm a relatively inexperienced darkroom person, so forgive me if this is a dumb question. Finally I have my darkroom (aka bathroom) set up again after a shortlived side-trip into the digital world. I ran into a small problem tonight. Up until this time I have only printed from 35mm negatives. I'm now starting to print medium format and so picked up a Rodenstock Rodagon 80mm f5.6 lens a while back on ebay. When I changed lenses on the enlarger, the lens will only mount with the f-stop numbers to the back so I can't see them. My 50mm lens (Componon) mounts okay and also clicks on the f-stops which the Rodagon doesn't. Am I doing something wrong? My enlarger is a Saunder/LPL D6700 if that helps.
    I won't be home tomorrow but I'll check in tomorrow night to see if anyone has any advice. Thanks in advance.
     
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    Are you sure you can't rotate the lens around, even after it is tightened in place? I have the same enlarger, and a Nikkor lens, and the lens clicks into place but can still be turned around so that the numbers face the front.
     
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    No. I just went and tried again, but it won't turn.
     
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    You may need a washer or even consider putting an O-Ring on instead of the washer. Since it's threaded you can't use a jam nut.
     
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    Hi Nancy,

    Can You rotate the lensboard 180 degrees?

    I have some lenses that sometimes don't line up, I don't really bother to investigate why... I would recommend ignoring the visible gauge and use the number of clicks(as you stop the lens down) to determine what f/stop you are at. It might take a printing session or two to get used to it, but you will.

    Good luck.

    Corey

    PS. I am not familiar with the Saunders lensboards... but if the lens attaches to a retaining ring, which in turn is attached to the lensboard, you could probably rotate the retaining ring to align the lens how you like.
     
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    I'll have to check into the O-ring thing. I'll have my husband look and see if he can come up with something.
    I don't think that I can turn the lensboard on this.
    This lens doesn't have clicks like my 50mm does.
    Thanks for your replies. I'll check back tomorrow night.
     
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    The Rodagon Lens does have click stops(at least the newer ones do), however it has a switch that can engage or disengage the clicks stops... take a look.

    And Good LUck!

    Corey
     
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    We have a rodagon that disengages the click stops when you pull the barrel down (oriented as mounted on an enlarger). If you push it back up it will start clicking again.
     
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    Nancy
    Are you certain the lens doesn't have a switch to turn the clicks "on or off"?
    My Rodagon doesn't but Componon does.
    You could also stack a nylon washer (hardware store, plumbing dept) or two between lens & board to get the correct spacing.
     
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    You could also stack paper or cardstock washers that you make yourself for finer control of the lens alignment to the front of the enlarger.

    Lee
     
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    Put a couple thickness of masking tape on the lens next to the threads to keep it from going in so far
     
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    Paul, you solved the click dilemna! I was able to engage the clicks by pushing up on the lens barrel! I never would have figured that out by myself. When I get a chance I'll try your other suggestions of washers and tape to see if I can get the lens facing forward, but I'm not so concerned now that I can feel the 'clicks'. Thank you, thank you!
    Just to add, last night was my first try at printing from medium format negatives and I'm on cloud nine. I can't wait to get some more free time to get in there and play!!