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    It's probably not directly relevant, but I seem to remember that long ago Nikon made a special panoramic camera/enlarger lens pair. The idea was that the camera lens compressed the picture laterally, then the special enlarger lens re-expanded it, so that a normal 35mm 1:1.5 format frame would hold a picture that was really 1:2+. I don't remember much more, though. Does anyone remember this? I wasn't interested at the time, but might be now.

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    You are talking about anamorphic lenses. They are used for the 35mm motion picture format as taking lenses and projection lenses. 2.35 Cinema Research and Panavision are the 2 biggest companys.
    I've always wondered why someone didn't make a stills version. I hadn't heard of the nikon system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by claytume
    Kevin........my next project......when I get time, is an 8x20 enlarger. I have 2 identical 8x10 colour heads that I plan to merge into one head, will have 2400 watts of light.

    A problem I have with some of the panoramic formats, 717 abd 820 specifically is the prints are a little on the small side............a 2 times enlargement should make them spectacular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoPete
    You, sir, are the Dr. Frankenstein of enlargers, and I, for one, salute you. Kudos!
    And the prints are fantastic too -- had an amazing one from Clayton from the last print exchange taken at the premiere of the final Lord of the Rings film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildbill
    You are talking about anamorphic lenses. They are used for the 35mm motion picture format as taking lenses and projection lenses. 2.35 Cinema Research and Panavision are the 2 biggest companys.
    I've always wondered why someone didn't make a stills version. I hadn't heard of the nikon system.
    Interestingly Elcan, who makes some of the anamorphic lenses for Panavision, is in the former Leitz factory in Midland, Ontario. High quality lenses and quite expensive.

    You can sometimes find anamorphic accessory lenses for movie projectors. You might be able to adapt them to still lenses, but quality might be questionable. Century Precision Optics and others make anamorphic lenses for DV camcorders. Some of these may be the right thread size for still camera lenses. B&H and others carry these or you can check with Century directly. I think you can rotate the accessory lens 90 degrees to "decode" the image.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeg
    And the prints are fantastic too -- had an amazing one from Clayton from the last print exchange taken at the premiere of the final Lord of the Rings film.

    Mike
    I'll second that. I bought one for my father a couple of years ago, and have seen alot more of his work for sale locally. It's outstanding stuff.

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