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    Recommendations on a 135mm enlarging lens for 4x5

    What are some suggestions for a good 135mm enlarging lens to enlarge 4x5's?

    Opinion on Rodenstock Rodagon 135mm f/5.6?
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    I use a 135mm EL-Nikkor and am very happy with it. I use it when making larger prints than my 150mm Rodagon will allow, and really can't tell them apart.
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    I had been dropped to the ground a newly bought Rodenstock Enlarging lens. I got it , all blades were looking like bombed. I turned the dial and everything went perfect. This is perfect engineering.

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    I have a 1960ish Wollensak 135 that I really love, came with my Omega Pro Lab 4x5. Many people are to quick to dismiss any of the Wollys because they aren't modern, but at one time they were top shelf glass.
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    You simply can't go wrong with any of the three big makers: Rodenstock, Schneider, or Nikkor. As long as they are the newer models and multi-coated they will all perform great. Some people say the APO version of the 150mm lenses from Germany are sharper, but I have no experience with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stradibarrius View Post
    What are some suggestions for a good 135mm enlarging lens to enlarge 4x5's?

    Opinion on Rodenstock Rodagon 135mm f/5.6?
    Why 135 and not 150?
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    better coverage with a 150mm
    Quote Originally Posted by RalphLambrecht View Post
    Why 135 and not 150?

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    I like 135 better than 150 because I don't need to raise the enlarger head up as high. I can't see the dials when it's up super high. I also print medium format sometimes without changing the lens, and again it helps with the height.

    I use a Nikkor 135 5.6 and have no problems with coverage on 4x5 use. It's not like a regular camera where you'll be doing a bunch of tilts and shifts and such.

    The only other LF enlarging lens I've used was a 160-something mm wolly which was very cloudy and seriously hurting the contrast. Probably an abused specimen. I also didn't like it because it had no clicks for the stops.

    The nikkor clicks for each stop, which is nice in the dark for me. The 80mm componon-s lens on my other enlarger is selectable to click or not to click, has illuminated stops, and has a lever to go wide open for focusing and return to a preselected aperture. It's very nice to use and I'd be tempted to get one for LF, but the nikkor is working great and without complaint.

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    The 135mm Rodagon's and Componon's are designed and optimised for 5x4 enlarging, in fact a 105mm almost covers 5x4 with vignetted corners, in practice with an enlarger at the distances involved we are only using the middle of the image circle.

    I've used 135mm Componon's and more recently a Componon S for over 30 years for 5x4 and also have a 150mm Rodagon & a Componon S. Up to at least 24"x20" there's no differences in coverage/edge sharpness.

    For larger prints I've nearly always used the 150mm Componon S mainly because that was the lens on my horizontal enlarger.

    There can be significant advantages in using a 135mm, particularly with a desktop enlarger where column height is a restriction to maximum print size.

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    For many years I used the original lens on a 4x5 DFeJur enlarger. A much newer EL-Nikkor hasn't made me a noticably better printer.

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