I also have an EL NIkkor in 135 and Componon S in 135. Both are sharp and give even illumination with 5x4.
Rodagons are excellent lenses.
Originally Posted by stradibarrius
The real question is - in what sort of shape is the 135 you are looking at ?
If it has been loved and cared for then it should be excellent, if it looks like its been used for baseball pratice - then you might want to look else where.
It would be worth while trying it or having it demonstrated before you buy if at all possible.
Fit into an enlarger and poject the largest image size you can manage.
Then look for even focus across the width of the image and potential flare.
Pick up a good used lens from any of the big 3. If you want a 135mm because you are planning on making larger prints and there is an enlarger head height issue, then fine. If that is really not a consideration, you can often find 150mm lenses cheaper. As mentioned above, any of the newer lenses should perform well for your purposes.
FWIW, I have a 135mm and 150mm El-Nikkors, and a couple Rodenstock 150mm lenses. All more than do the job for me with 4x5.
Thanks for your help. I bought an Omega D5XL with 4 lenses. A 135 , 105 and 80mm that are all Rodenstock and a 50mm Nikkor.