Schneider componar

Discussion in 'Darkroom Equipment' started by Andrey, Jan 31, 2008.

  1. Andrey

    Andrey Member

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    My first enlarger is an omega D2. I bought the nikkor 50/2.8 for it and was about to start printing.

    Then somebody on craigslist was giving away durst M600. Such a nice little machine it is, especially considering that I'm printing out of my bathroom. :tongue:

    It has a componar 50/4.5.

    Is this an acceptable lens? How many elements does it have?

    I like the small size of the Durst and the glass negative carrier.

    If the componar is bad, please suggest a good 35mm lens in the leica thread.
    Or should I replace the lensboard to SIXTUB 39mm and mount the nikkor into the Durst?

    Andrey
     
  2. Louis Nargi

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    Your lens is a good one it has 4 elements. The componon is a better lens with 6 elements also more money. I have a durst M601 that came with a 50 componar, I used it for years with no problem.
     
  3. Andrey

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    Haha

    It's my luck. I get a perfectly fine enlarger with a lens for free from a stranger the day my 50$ nikkor arrives.
     
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    Just use it closed down to 1-2 stops from the last one and you'll have a lens as sharp as you can get. This applies, however, to almost every enlarger lens.
     
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    Do whatever you have to do to use the Nikkor. Here are the camera magazine test results for the two lenses:
    f/stop/center/edge Componar 4.5/30/25;5.6/35/35;8/40/35;11/30/25;16/20/15 economy, not for critical use
    f/stop/center/edge EL-Nikkor 2.8/40/25;4/45/40;5.6/80/65;8/60/45;11/40/30;16/25/20 best tested
     
  6. Andrey

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    Are those lines per mm?

    I am thinking it mightbe easier to get a better lens in the leica mount for durst.

    Any recommendations?

    Also the nikkor itself is not the newest one. It's the one without the illuminated f-stops.
     
  7. John Koehrer

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    The Nikkor is a Leica mount & Without spending a LOT of money you're not going to get much better.
    The Componar was generally a kit lens and not as good as the Componon ar Nikkor.
    Use the Nikkor on the Durst & you have a nice compact enlarger. Use it on the D2 for gross enlargements.
     
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    Nikkor is 39mm thread. Componar is 25.

    My bad, I thought componar was in the leica's mount.

    What's I'm asking is that what's a good lens in the 25mm mount?
     
  9. outwest

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    Yes, those are line pairs/mm and that is the old EL-Nikkor.