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    Which 50 mm enlarger lens should I keep?

    I recently bought a Durst 805 enlarger, with a 50 mm lens. Since I rarely use these lenses, I immediately changed it with a 80 mm Nikor I already owned.

    I now have three lenses 50 mm; I use none of them.

    I would like to sell 1 or 2 of them (together with older enlargers), and keep the best one in case I would need it.

    Which lens would be the best one to keep? I have in my cupboard:
    * Schneider Componon-S 2.8/50
    * Rodagon 2.8/50
    * Durst Neonon 2.8/50

    I realize I could find out myself by making test prints. Unfortunately, almost all my negatives are MF.

    Thanks,

    Mark

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    Use a MF negative and mask out a 35mm frame in the middle. I'm sure you will get lots of answers, but the Componon and the Rodagon are top notch. Keep the one you like best.
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    I agree with "ricksplace." Sample variation is often a bigger issue with enlarging lenses than variation between brands. The Durst is probably a rebranded lens, the same type as one of the others. Test all three and keep the one you like best.
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    The Componon and the Rodagon are top notch. Keep the one you like best.
    In my tests the Rodagon seemed a bit sharper.

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    Mark,

    just test each with a MF neg BUT don't mask it. See which is best to the corners at an f/stop you normally use.

    Just a thought.



 

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