Playing around with shorter and longer enlarging lenses for various formats

Discussion in 'Enlarging' started by Anupam Basu, Dec 9, 2006.

  1. Anupam Basu

    Anupam Basu Member

    Nov 17, 2005
    Madison, WI
    Multi Format
    Are there any real drawbacks to using a longer lens than normal for a particular format? I know print size might be limited, but if I only print 8x10, is there any disadvantage to using an 80mm lens for 35mm film, for example?

    On a related note, what is the widest lens that will cover 4x5? I want to print really large - 50x40 (not on one sheet but as a collage of 8x10s) - and my enlarger won't do more than about 20x16. Another way might be to use a shorter lens like the 80mm and though it won't cover the format, I might move the negative holder around to print only the center of the circle on 8x10. This might be workable but would be clumsier than making a straight print from a large projected image.

    Thanks for any ideas,