Minolta Enlarging Lens, Need Info

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  1. Zathras

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    Hi y'all,
    My old 75mm EL Nikkor lens decided to grow fungus, so I need to replace it. I have a chance to buy a lens that was made by Minolta, at what seems to be a reasonable price. The lens is a 80mm ƒ 5.6 Minolta C.E. Rokkor. Does anybody out there know anything about Minolta enlarging lenses?

    Thank you,

    Mike Sullivan
     
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    I have never owned one, and they are uncommon, but they have excellent reputations.
     
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    Go for it! Minolta enlarging lenses are one of the best values out there - every bit as good as Nikon and they can be had for half the price. I use a 50mm Minolta enlarging lens and have nothing but good things to say about it - high quality construction, sharp all the way to the corners, and I got it in it's original case and box for $25 U.S.

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    I bought one on eBay several months ago and I love it. I think it is as good as anything I have used. It is a 6 element lens, which means it should be better than the 75mm Nikkor and about the same quality as the 80mm Nikkor. It isn't the fastest, but should cost a whole bunch less than an f4 80mm from Schneider or Rodenstock. I think I paid about $40 for mine, maybe more like $30.

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    Here's an ancient Chinese secret: Minolta glass is actually preferred by Japanese photographers! Rokkor lenses are great taking and printing lenses.
     
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    I have an 80mm Rokkor enlarging lens, it is a killer lens. I wouldn't trade it for anything -- well maybe a 90mm apo-symmar HM, but it is as sharp and contrasty as anything else out there. If you can find one, buy it. :smile:
     
  7. Zathras

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    Thanks For Your Help

    Thank you to everybody who replied. Judging by your answers, the Minolta lens seems to be worth buying. I'll give it a try and see. I figure that I can't go wrong for the price I'll be paying. Once again, Thanks

    Mike Sullivan