I'm looking into a new 150mm enlarging lens. So obviously, there's Schneider and Rodenstock. The Schneider Componon S and Rodenstock Rodagon are of equal quality and in reality I don't see much point in arguing between the two. The Schneider is approx $100 cheaper (typically around $650 new) than the Rodenstock so I figure I'll probably end up with the Schneider. But here are some curious findings after spending some time looking for prices on line.
First, this place Helix Photo (never heard of it before) is selling the Schneider 150 Componon S for about $200 less than anywhere else:
Why? What is going on here?
Second, Helix Photo is also selling new (?) EL Nikkors. It seems I could actually buy a new EL Nikkor 150mm from these guys. It's about the same price as the Rodenstock but people always rave about how good some of the EL Nikkors were. So again, what is going on here?