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    Quote Originally Posted by Imke
    I'd recommend getting a nice 6 element 80mm ...: Componon-S, Rodagon, or Nikkor EL.
    Ditto

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    I've only really used three enlarging lenses; a 50mm/2.8 El-Nikkor (older), an 80mm/f5.6 (older too) and a 135mm/f5.6 Fujinon EX..

    My sample of the 80mm El-Nikkor just isn't as sharp and contrasty as the 135mm Fujinon EX. Just my own personal observation, i'm sure the 80mm el-nikkor is a killer.
    Mine just isn't very impressive. The 50mm however is superb. *shrug*

    I'm more than likely going to replace it with a 105mm el-nikkor. Or similar fujinon ex.

    Anyone have any experience with the old(er) Kodak Enlarging Ektar/Ektanons ?
    I've a soft spot for the good kodak glass between the years of 1940 and 1979..

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrong
    Any opinions on the Rodenstock Ysaron 75mm? That's not a lens that comes up often...
    Agree with other postings - I have been more than satisfied with my El-Nikkors (50, 80 105) and Rodagon (150). The Ysaron (if I recall correctly) is a 4-element lens computed for amateur use (smaller prints). As others say, enlarging lenses are very cheap right now, no reason to settle for anything less than 6 elements.

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    I would recommend the Apo Rodagon 4.5 90mm lens , this is by far my favorite lens for mf negatives and gives great coverage for 6x8 or 6x9 negatives.

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    Is there a reference anywhere for the number of elements / groups for these enlarger lenses?

    I currently have a 80mm f5.6 Companon - S, but I'm not terribly inspired to be honest (nothing too horrible, just doesn't seem as crisp as my 50mm Nikkor f2.8) and am considering moving to an f4 or another make.
    The destination is important, but so is the journey

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    To my knowledge the f5.6 version of the 80mm Componon-S is not the 6 element version. Go for the f4 version instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrankB
    Is there a reference anywhere for the number of elements / groups for these enlarger lenses?
    I went Googling for this. I only found two relevant sites:

    • This page has data on some Soviet enlargers and lenses. (The lens information is at the bottom of the page.) Oddly, some Soviet enlarger lenses seem to be 5-element designs, which I've not heard of from Japan or Germany. Speaking of Soviet lenses, I hear that the Industar-90U is a very good 75mm lens, but I don't have any personal experience with it.
    • This page describes enlarger lens theory and has information on a number of short enlarger lenses (for subminiature work), including number of elements. Unfortunately for this discussion, the table tops out at 39mm lenses.


    I'd certainly be interested in a site that summarizes ~50mm and/or ~75-80mm lenses.

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    I have an APO Rodagon 80mm f4 with my M 670 enlarger and I really love it. It takes out every detail of your MF negative.

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    I have only a Rodagon 105 5,6 mm and a Componon-S 100 5,6 mm for MF that provide plenty of coverage but I really tend to prefer the Rodagon as I have a 150 Rodagon that is noticably superior to my 135 Comparon for 4x5. I have none of the APO versions and enlarge only B&W (as yet) on a Durst L-184. And since this is an 8x10 enlarger my 8x10 lens is , you guessed it, a 300 5,6 Rodagon. I really like those Rodagons!!
    Joseph Burke

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    David, I used to have an Omega B7 that I bought new with a 50mm f4 Componon and a 90mm Ektar..approximately 1967, with focussing tracks. For that period of time I believe that it was competetive with any of the other lenses that were available. In fact, I believe, that Kodak's lenses were as good as any other firms when they were still offering them. My understanding is that Hasselblad swiyched from kodak to Zeiss lenses for economic reasons not not quality issues. Kodak used to offer such good equipment for the darkroom..I still have two process thermometers and a thermostatic valve.
    Claire (Ms Anne Thrope is in the darkroom)

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