Wollenstak Raptar 135mm f/4.5 quality?

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  1. normmamiya

    normmamiya Member

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    Hi everybody

    I just got a Wollenstak Raptar 135 mm f/4.5 enlarging lens. I bought almost all of his darkroom. My question is What about quality of the print should I expect. I'm asking this question because I got also a 150 mm Componon-S lens from another photographer. I suspect that the latter is better but how can I judge the difference if I print 11 X 14 maximum.

    Any advise will be appreciated.

    Thank you
     
  2. ic-racer

    ic-racer Member

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    I wouldn't even bother to test; just use the Componon-S.

    To compare them, look at overall contrast and edge sharpness (assuming focusing in the center). It can be a little difficult with 4x5 as the grain can be hard to see in the print.
     
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    The Wollensak 135 was my first 4x5 enlarging lens and I quickly replaced it with a Componon-S 150. The Componon-S has better contrast (higher contrast, cleaner blacks) at all f/stops. The Componon-S has better edge sharpness at wide f/stops. At 11x14 prints and using mid to small f/stops (F/11) you will see a small improvement with the Componon-S. At larger (20x24) prints and/or at wide f/stops (f/5.6) you will see a big improvement with the Componon-S.

    Hope that helps,
    Tom