Wray 5 1/2 inch enlarger lens

Discussion in 'Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by andyaitken, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. andyaitken

    andyaitken Subscriber

    Messages:
    32
    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2009
    Location:
    South Wales
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Hi,

    New to this forum, and I have a question that has probably been asked before. I'm awaiting the delivery my new to me MPP 5x4 camera and I 'm thinking initially of just doing paper negatives as i have free with my old enlarger some 30m of 20 year old photographic paper - kodak.

    However, beyond that I'm wondering what enlarger lens i need to use sheet film, I have an old but very usable Wray f4.5 Supar 5 1/2 inch and wondered whether this could be used or should just but a?newer 135mm lens?
     
  2. Ian Grant

    Ian Grant Subscriber

    Messages:
    17,838
    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2004
    Location:
    West Midland
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    The Wray Supar's were OK but a more modern lens tends to be better coated (not all Supar's were) and would give better results. 135mm Componon and Componon S can be found at quite reasonable prices.

    Ian
     
  3. Rick A

    Rick A Subscriber

    Messages:
    7,382
    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2009
    Location:
    northern Pa.
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    I'm a fan of old lenses, as long as they are clean. I fancy my work to resemble photos from the 40's and 50's, so I try to utilize gear from the era.