The "N" in El Nikkor and Rodagon

Discussion in 'Enlarging' started by Neil Poulsen, Dec 11, 2007.

  1. Neil Poulsen

    Neil Poulsen Member

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    I've been seeing Rodagon "N" enlarging lenses, and most recently, an El Nikkor "N" enlarging lens on EBay.

    What does the "N" mean in each case?
     
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    As far as Rodenstock is concerned, the letter denotes the enlargement range in which the lens is optimum.

    N for the usual range of enlargements from negatives (x2 to x15, according to their pdf). This is probably what you want.

    D for close to 1:1 reproduction

    See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodenstock_GmbH
     
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    El - Nikkor

    In the case of the Nikkor lens,some years back Nikon redesigned the lens barrels;more plastic,and an illuminated aperture scale.AFAIK,no changes were made to the optics. So,presumably,the N is for NEW.
     
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    Thanks.
     
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    Hi !
    Well Nikon has _also_ made some change to the lenses : the 75mm f:4 was replaced by a six lenses design 80 mm f:5.6 N if my memory serves me right, these changes appeared at the same N other lenses.