Rodagon - APO or not?

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  1. 5stringdeath

    5stringdeath Member

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    How does one tell if a Rodagon enlarging lens is APO or not? I've got an 80mm at home and wasn't sure ... looked on eBay, the web .. all the photos I see look the same, that is, I don't see APO printed on any of the ones listed as being APO's ... so how do you tell?

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    i believe the APO lenses clearly say APO on the outside of the barrel.
     
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    It's says APO on it. The newer ones say APO Rodagon N on them.
     
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    ah ok like this:

    http://www.calumetphoto.com/item/RS5095/

    I was trying to find the auction I saw last night, but I guess it closed. I didn't see APO in any of the pics the seller had posted, yet people were bidding it up and up - was > $300 last I saw ... so stupid. It looked just like the one I have, which I'm pretty sure is non-APO
     
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    The good thing is, if it's not an APO, You won't have to deal with the seller, Ebait or Paypal to straighten it out.
     
  6. David A. Goldfarb

    David A. Goldfarb Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    There is also an APO Rodagon D, which is optimized more for macro and copy work than for enlarging, and there are APO Rodagons that were made for some kind of machine use, like in copiers or circuit board printing or something that are optimized for whatever that use was and that don't have irises, so be sure the one you're getting is really an enlarging lens.
     
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    Mine is probably an earlier version. It is inscribed "Rodenstock Apo-Rodagon 1:4 f=80mm" No mention of "N".
     
  8. 5stringdeath

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    Na, I already have one ... I was just waiting for prints to wash the other night and began poking around the web trying to find out what its worth, hehe. But honestly I've been using my 105mm El-Nikkor more lately anyhow.
     
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    I have 2 and they both say Rodenstock Apo-Rodagon on the outside bottom edge of the lens barrel. I guess it's still buyer beware on ebay!
     
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    Even my old 180mm f/4.8 is clearly marked Apo-Rodagon on the outside of the barrel.
     
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    I have successfully determined mine is NOT an APO :smile: I still love the lens though.