Schneider Componon-S f2.8 vs El Nikkor f2.8 50mm

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  1. mindcircus

    mindcircus Member

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    Hello, if you had to choose between those two enlarging lenses what would be your choice? I'm more interested in a comparison on quality than on price...

    Thanks a lot
     
  2. Ian Grant

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    The Componon-S, these Schneider lenses are superb, but others like the Nikkor, both are excellent lenses.

    Ian
     
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    It doesn't matter. We use both in the college darkroom where I teach. Go for the least expensive. You will see no difference in quality.
     
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    I have the Nikkor 50mm 2.8 (newest version) and the Schneider 80mm 4.0 Comp-S (newest version). While not exactly a direct comparison, I can offer this:

    Both are tack sharp.
    Both have illuminated aperture indexes.
    The Nikkor's aperture index is larger and easier for me to read.
    The schneider has the quick pre-set stop down lever = fewer mistakes
    The Schneider has 1/2 stop aperture indents (clicks)

    I find the Schneider to print just a tad cooler than the Nikkor. This translates to roughly a 1-1 1/2 point difference in the M & Y filtration to render identical prints (Omega Dichroic ll lamp house).

    You can't go wrong with either. It's just a question of features, not glass.
     
  5. mindcircus

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    Thank you for your quick response!