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    I have a modern 150mm Nikon and a 150 Rodagon. Both are excellent, and I can't tell the difference in the prints. I also didn't pay more than $100 for either if I remember correctly in mint condition. I have a 180 Componon S and it's also excellent, but I use it for 6x17 (I'll have to try it for 4x5). So you really can't go wrong with any of those three in my opinion.

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    Enlarging lenses tested

    The link is to Ctein's ebook Post Exposure. He took 6 months and actually tested all of the available enlarging lenses. Maybe this will help some with your decision. http://ctein.com/booksmpl.htm

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    You may well find more difference between specimens of the same brand vs the different brands. I went through a bunch of lenses testing them as Ctein suggested and in my case, found a good 135 Componon-S and a good 150 EL-Nikkor (the old one with a 53mm thread - which also works with 5x7.)

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