Where to rent APO enlarging lenses in Toronto??

Discussion in 'Enlarging' started by Cluster, Aug 3, 2005.

  1. Cluster

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    Hello Everyone,

    Before I put down the "big bucks" for a APO enlarging lens, I would like to satisfy my curiosity and test one (or two) to see if indeed these lenses are as sharp as some people claim them to be. I live in Toronto and I would like to ask if anyone knows where I might rent enlarging lenses? I've tried Vistek, Headshots, FilmPlus and Imageworks but no dice? Moreover, I would also consider purchasing one, if someone out there was interested in selling. I want to print 20x24 fiber with a Saunders 4500 II modified Condit glass plate enlarger. Currently, I only have an 80mm Rodagon (non-APO). I am looking for any APO (Rodagon or Schneider) in the 105mm/80mm and 50mm range. Any help would be appreciated.

    Joseph
    joseph@josephsantos.com
     
  2. David A. Goldfarb

    David A. Goldfarb Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Buy second hand, and the bucks aren't so big any more. I think I paid around $150 for my 50mm Apo-Rodagon, a little more for the 90mm Apo-Rodagon, and more around $325 for the 150mm Apo-Componon, and yes, they're really better than the modern 6-element lenses I was using before, even for small prints.
     
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    Thanks David.
     
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    Calumet used to offer a 30 day no question asked return policy. This may still be the case. Go to www.calumetphoto.com and check it out.