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    How to remove lenses from lens board?

    I recently moved my Omega D5 (I think) enlarger into my darkroom with the expectation of moving up to 4x5 soon. As I was cleaning off the lenses and turret I gently tried to remove the lens from the turret mounting board, but was unsuccessful.

    Is it possible to remove lenses off the mounting boards or are they essentially a permanent fixture once attached?

    In the past I tried removing one of the lenses, but broke the aperture ring in the process.

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    they should come off, you may need a filter wrench to use on the jam nut.
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    As Ann stated above, it is best to remove the lens by way of removing the retaining ring rather than twisting the lens itself. I once had an enlarger with a fixed lens stage where the lenses screwed directly into it, but generaly speaking, lenses mount on a board or some type by way of a retaining ring.

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    My MF enlarger lens board has a screwmount and a retaining ring
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    I have the lenses another look, but still have no idea what a jam nut or filter wrench is... Sorry, but at least I'm attempting to learn

    Anyone care to explain more?

    Thanks,
    Martin

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    The nut will be on the back of the lensboard. So this assumes the lensboard comes off. I've no idea what happens with the turret. All of my enlargers are setup with threaded lensboards. That lets me just unscrew the lens without using a jam nut.

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    In theory it should just unscrew (I've got some threaded lens boards).

    In practice, there are some b*st*rd "previous ovners" who have superglued the lens to the lens board. If that's what has happened, try removing all the lens elements and baking the rest in a medium hot (180°C) oven for half an hour.
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    I spy no nut

    I took a close look but found nothing that screw into the lens board to hold the lens. The only nut/screw I found was on the lens for the aperture ring.

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    Well I got the 80mm off the board. I see how it was fitted with a nut now, and was able to loosen it and unscrew it. Although the 150mm seems to be attached in a different way. I'm not too concerned about getting the 150mm off at the moment, and think its best I leave it alone as long as it works well.

    Thanks for the help.

    -Martin

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    a jam nut is a thin black ring that the lens screws into, if the lens board is not threaded
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