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    A good enlarging lens

    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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    You can find many excellent lenses at bargain prices these days. There's no point in buying a cheap poor quality lens when there are plenty of Componon's Compoon-S's, Nikkor's, Rodagon's around.

    Try placing a wanted advert here on APUG.

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    How are the new bessler lenses?
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    How are the Nikkor?
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    Bessler don't make lenses so they must be re-badged, the cheap one the "Beslar" may not be that good at wider aperture, it's a budget lens.

    Both Schneider and Rodenstock made budget lenses Componar's & Rogonar's they were Triplet design and nowhere near as good as the Componon and Rodagon. The names are rather similar, there's alsoa a Comparon.

    A cheap new enlarger lens is false economy when there are plenty of good high end lenses floating around second hand.

    Nikkor's are good.

    Ian

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    I use both Rodenstock and Schneider lenses. My Rodenstock is a 50mm 2.8; the Schneider is a 105 f3.5.
    Both are pin sharp stopped down and whilst I have traded up with my enlargers, I've always kept these lenses.
    From memory the 50mm was AUD$295 and the Schneider was US$65 - but that was about 10 or so years ago.

    Best money I've invested in the darkroom! Ian is correct - don't skimp on the enlarging lens. Cheap ones are akin to exposing through the base of a Coke bottle and will leave you very uninspired by the results. You've spent good money on the camera lens - now do the same with your enlarger. You won't be disappointed.

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    I recently bought a 50/2.8 EL-Nikkor for €50. It's as sharp as I need, and I'd call it "cheap enough". .
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    Would any lens be able to just go right on to my Besler 23C.
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    If it has a Leica 39mm screw thread lens holder yes.

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    What if it doesn't say, or if it is not the 39mm Leica screw mount?
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