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    Not burned, just "lightly singed"...

    All right, that's not the most descriptive thread title, I know.

    But the point is that I just bought a bunch of enlarger lenses on ebay. Nice lenses, nice price, but when they arrived I discovered the packaging had been a little less than optimal: A Componar 135/4.5 was dented (outer ring), and a Componon 135/5.6 was not only dented but had three loose aperture blades, and a "Kodak Enlarging Ektanon" 161mm f:4.5 had two small dents on opposite sides. An Elgeet Colorstigmat 135mm f:4.5 survived unscathed, as did a Componon 60mm f:5.6.

    I checked the picture in the auction closely, and it appears that all the damage has occurred in the mail. Bummer. At $50 I'm not bothering to complain, though. Especially as all the lenses except the Elgeet came with mounting flanges.

    So: Does anyone have any experience with any of these lenses? Should I expect the Componar to be much worse than the Componon, or are they just optimised for different enlarging ratios? And what about the Kodak and Elgeet - are they decent or letter presses?
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    The Kodak is supposed to be quite nice. Top quality for it's time.

    I picked up a 135mm Componon-S last week but haven't had a chance to compare it to my Nikon. I expect it to be equal in quality but I'll need some time.

    IIRC the componar are all four element.

    But with all used lenses alot depends on condition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Zentena View Post
    But with all used lenses alot depends on condition.
    That's the sad thing - all five lenses [i]were[/] in pristine condition. The glass still is, not even a hint of a scratch in the coatings. But dents and dings make some of the apertures hard to operate, even if I've managed to "reattach" the loose blades.

    I believe all but the Componons are Tessar-types; the Componons are six elements in four groups.

    Oh well. I'll do a practical comparison test during the holidays, I think. If I can find a super-sharp 4x5" (or 9x12cm) negative. And a way to get the lenses to stay in place, well aligned and centered, on my Durst - without needing to scour ebay again for lens boards (I only end up with more lenses that way).
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    Please, for everyone's sake...leave feedback that reflects the seller's poor packing.

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    My Kodak is my oldest, but best, enlarging lens. It's slightly less contrasty than my newer ones, but like an old camera lens, makes a beautifully rounded image. Not unsharp and not out of focus, just different. Tough to describe.

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    I actually use my 161 enlarging ektanon on my speed graphic as a taking lens. Stopped down, it is surprisingly good. Maybe yours will be too. You never know until you try. I also have a 150mm f4.5 D.O. Industries (fuji) that I sometimes use as a taking lens. One of these days I'll try some of my other enarger lenses as taking lenses. I haven't had good luck with componons as taking lenses.

    Does you durst have round lensboards like a 606 I used to have? I made lensboards for that critter out of stiff cardboard.
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    The Elgeet would have been considered a semi woofer....

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    Ole, where did the lenses originate? By what mail method did they use?

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    Ole,
    packed somewhere I have a barrel for the 135, I bought one and just for kicks put it in a #0 shutter, needless to say, it never left and I have the barrel packed up, somewhere. (I'll be glad when I find a place in WI and get all my s#$% moved)

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    The lenses were sent from the US by USPS. I'm not blaming the carrier in this case, it was clearly a case of insufficient padding.

    Enlarger lenses in metal barrels are small, compact, hard, high density items. One single layer of bubble wrap won't change that much - they're still small, hard, high density. Put five of them in a small cardboard box with a little extra space, and they will move. Being small high-density objects, they will impact each other.

    Any other time of year I might have been lucky, but anyone who has been in a major post office sorting central in December (I worked in one for five years, after school) knows that everything must be double-extra-super-padded in December!
    -- Ole Tjugen, Luddite Elitist
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