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    The six element German and Nikons are darn solid performers and are being virtually given away on the auction site. I see no reason to settle for less quality than this in today's market. Make certain there isn't even the slightest haze in any of these (small amounts destroy the contrast) and you'll spend years growing out of them as good performers.
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    Are all of the Schneider lenses 39mm leica screw mount?
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    No some older ones weren't but usually they have an adaptor. But you can get the newer models Componon-S for next to nothing. Older lenses were in metal barrels/mounts newer lenses ABS or similar.

    You'd almost certainly get one here if you placed a wanted advert. If you know any old pro labs ask them every colour print head had a turret full of high quality lenses.

    Ian

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    How is the Meopta Belar from Freestyle?
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    Not the best at all. The top Meopta lenses were made by Schneider, the Anaret-S it's identical to a Componon S. same lens cells.

    Ian

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ektagraphic View Post
    I need to pick up a 50mm lens for my enalrger and I was wondering what is the best bang for the buck. Best rather inexpensive lens. Thanks
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    Best bang for the buck? Find a clean, used Minolta Rokkor enlarging lens.
    Another sleeper might be the Vivitar VHE enlarging lenses: rebranded Schneiders, I am told.
    Otherwise, do as others say and go for a good used Rodenstock, Nikkor, or Schneider.
    John, Mount Vernon, Virginia USA

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    Not all the Vivitar VHE's were Schneider's but my 150mm definitely was, it was marked made in Germany on the lens cells.

    The Minolta's are good but they tend to scratch easily so you need to check them well, I have 2 or 3. Some Dusrt lenses were excellent too, they mainly used Schneider's and picked the best, andding Rurts to the name but not hiding the origin, ie like a Linhof marked LF lens. But Durts also had a budget but excellent pair of 50 &75?/80 mm lenses made for them by Pentax.

    Ian

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ektagraphic View Post
    Are all of the Schneider lenses 39mm leica screw mount?
    Some of the older Componons were in a 25mm mount, but if you stick to Componon-S, recent Rodagons and Nikon enlarging lenses it's almost a sure thing that a 50mm lens is going to be in the 39mm Leica thread mount. That is now the standard.
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    Lens boards for Beseler 23 series enlargers are reasonably easy to find in sizes other than 39mm, so concentrating on 39mm Leica thread mount lenses is more a question of convenience than necessity.

    Here is an Ebay listing for a good prospect, already on a Beseler board:

    http://cgi.ebay.ca/NIKON-EL-NIKKOR-5...d=p3286.c0.m14

    I'm not sure what I think, however, about the feedback score of the seller.

    Matt

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    I have found a perfect Nikkor and a Schneider for $50 and they are both in great condition and both are f/2.8. Which would you go with?
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