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    50mm f2.8 lens not working for 35mm? HELP!

    Hi there, I'm pretty new to printing (haven't done it sine a class I took a few years ago) and I am building my own dark room. I've got everything in order, just need an enlarger lens that works. I read on a forum that the Nikkor 50mm f2.8-f16 enlarger lens works fine for 35mm film. I just got one in the mail and it only focuses the image if my enlarger head is about 2 inches away from the board. Any idea whats up? And any suggestions of what lens I should get? Cause i've tried everything to get this lens to focus while making a decent sized print and it doesn't seem to be happening. If it makes any difference, I'm using and LPL saunders 670 vce. Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated!

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    Have you got the right lens board? i.e. does the enlarger need a recessed one?

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    You know what, as soon as you said that I remembered that my lens board flips over, making it protrude less and it worked. Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmarie View Post
    You know what, as soon as you said that I remembered that my lens board flips over, making it protrude less and it worked. Thank you!
    Came here to post this, was the first mistake I made in the darkroom.
    5x7 Eastman-Kodak kit, under the knife for a bit
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    Random 35mm stuff

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    I've made lots worse mistakes in the DR! Welcome and congrats on you accomplishment of getting you DR up and running!
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    enlargers are funny. my Focomat needs an extension for the same lens you are using...go figure. but it is a superb lens.

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    Glad my guess helped, yes I have made some tragic mistakes in the darkroom. The worst and the one I kick my self for is not clip testing dev before developing film and it takes all of a min.



 

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