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    Thanks a lot guys. I thought the 4X5 enlarger lens should be cheap as dirt now since everybody is gone you know where. But the fact is there are more hardcores out there than I think.

    BTW. I did few contact print with the negatives, I like what I see so far. Can't wait to see how the enlarged print looks like.

    Be patient....

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    The following are up on Ebay now. Considering that these sold, in many cases, for $500-$600 when new, the prices seem pretty reasonable to me.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Schneider-Kreuzn...QQcmdZViewItem

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Rodenstock-Rodag...QQcmdZViewItem

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Rodenstock-Rodag...QQcmdZViewItem

    http://cgi.ebay.com/SCHNEIDER-150MM-...QQcmdZViewItem

    http://cgi.ebay.com/150mm-f4-5-Roden...QQcmdZViewItem

    http://cgi.ebay.com/RARE-150mm-f9-AP...QQcmdZViewItem

    The last appears to be a process lens (considering the max aperture)...probably blazingly sharp if you can deal with the F stop.

    I have no interest in any of these lenses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Early Riser
    Using a slightly wider enlarging lens isn't only about a loss of edge sharpness but a light fall off factor. When you print with a longer lens you are moving the enlarger lens further from the neg therefore making the distances between the center of the neg to the lens, and the edge of the neg to the lens more similar. You are reducing a sort of focus foreshortening. This can also make it easier to get good edge to edge focus on the neg. You are also projecting from a smaller area of the enlarger's light source, that is you are not using the edges of the condensers or diffuser but are using a smaller centered section. It's just more even.

    The fall off factor is not as bad when you shoot B&W, where the fall off of the taking lens is somewhat equalized by the fall off of the enlarger lens, they work in opposite and balance eachother. The fall off of the enlarger lens means less light passes through to the printing paper on the edges, and as the edges of the neg are usually thinner than the center due to it's taking len's fall off, a balance is struck. However if you print color from a chrome, the fall off of the taking lens is added to the fall off of the enlarging lens giving you very noticeable fall off on the print.
    Thanks for the clarification, I had been curious about the exact issues surrounding this adaptation. Printing only B&W, and never larger than 11x14, I have not been able to detect any visual difference in my final results. (had a borrowed 150 prior to the 135) I suspect the variables you mention, and others in my own process account for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donald Miller
    The following are up on Ebay now. Considering that these sold, in many cases, for $500-$600 when new, the prices seem pretty reasonable to me.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Schneider-Kreuzn...QQcmdZViewItem

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Rodenstock-Rodag...QQcmdZViewItem

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Rodenstock-Rodag...QQcmdZViewItem

    http://cgi.ebay.com/SCHNEIDER-150MM-...QQcmdZViewItem

    http://cgi.ebay.com/150mm-f4-5-Roden...QQcmdZViewItem

    http://cgi.ebay.com/RARE-150mm-f9-AP...QQcmdZViewItem

    The last appears to be a process lens (considering the max aperture)...probably blazingly sharp if you can deal with the F stop.

    I have no interest in any of these lenses.
    The 150mm Apo Nikkor is a process lens. I have one (I occasionally use mine on my 4x5 Shen Hao) and it is very sharp. The starting price on this eBay example is quite high, IMO (about 3 times what I paid for mine).
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    Rick, thanks for the info, I am now a winner of a Vintage schneider 150mm enlarging lens!
    Hope it arrive here safely.

    Donald, I guess they are just coming in on high tide. Thanks.

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    They are going for $20 ?!

    Well, that settles it then, I'm definitely not going to list my own barely used Schneider Componon-S 150mm f/5.6.

    I sold all my 4x5 equipment a few weeks ago but kept the Omega D2V and the 4x5 carriers (regular and glass) and the 150mm lens cone and lens.

    Since I have a top quality MF enlarger already, I was undecided about the D2V, and decided to keep it for awhile until I decide whether to sell it as a unit (with the 35mm and 6x6 carriers, too) or just sell the 150mm f/5.6 and cone.

    But if they are going that cheaply, I'm hanging onto it.

    Amazing what I learn reading these threads.

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    I bought a very used Durst 138 early in the year and the seller "threw in" a nice Rodenstock 150 to seal the deal. A week later scouring the second hand shelves of a traditional camera store I picked up a nice cheap Nikon 150 in a durst lens board when I was only really looking for the board. I think it can boil down to luck and timing. Why do I need two? Why do I need 8 cameras?

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    I found a 135mm Rodagon on eBay for $23 over a year ago.

    Works great. I have no problem covering 4x5" negatives. Nice even illumination with my Omega DII

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    There's this http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/SCHNEIDER-150-...QQcmdZViewItem

    and I'm certain I saw a 150mm Nikkor, but maybe it ended yesterday. I've just won a 150mm Rodagon for £25 plus £4 P&P. Quite a good buy I think!
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    Hi !
    Look on Ebay for the seller named Cametaauctions. He sells 135 mm Nikon El lenses new at a very good price.
    This lens is very good and offer very goos coverage on the 4x5.
    It also come with a 50 mm thread and a 50 to 39 thread adapter allowing it to be used on any recent lensboards.
    BTW, I've no connection with this guy, just a very happy customer !

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