Which 50 mm enlarger lens should I keep?

Discussion in 'Enlarging' started by Mark Mombarg, Dec 12, 2006.

  1. Mark Mombarg

    Mark Mombarg Member

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    I recently bought a Durst 805 enlarger, with a 50 mm lens. Since I rarely use these lenses, I immediately changed it with a 80 mm Nikor I already owned.

    I now have three lenses 50 mm; I use none of them.

    I would like to sell 1 or 2 of them (together with older enlargers), and keep the best one in case I would need it.

    Which lens would be the best one to keep? I have in my cupboard:
    * Schneider Componon-S 2.8/50
    * Rodagon 2.8/50
    * Durst Neonon 2.8/50

    I realize I could find out myself by making test prints. Unfortunately, almost all my negatives are MF.

    Thanks,

    Mark
     
  2. ricksplace

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    Use a MF negative and mask out a 35mm frame in the middle. I'm sure you will get lots of answers, but the Componon and the Rodagon are top notch. Keep the one you like best.
     
  3. David A. Goldfarb

    David A. Goldfarb Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    I agree with "ricksplace." Sample variation is often a bigger issue with enlarging lenses than variation between brands. The Durst is probably a rebranded lens, the same type as one of the others. Test all three and keep the one you like best.
     
  4. Gerald Koch

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    In my tests the Rodagon seemed a bit sharper.
     
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    Mark,

    just test each with a MF neg BUT don't mask it. See which is best to the corners at an f/stop you normally use.

    Just a thought.