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    You know... the heat from the lamp will cause a convection air current around the enlarger. The resulting flow of air levitates dust particles that will stick to the surface of the lens.... We certainly need a protection from this.
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tkamiya View Post
    You know... the heat from the lamp will cause a convection air current around the enlarger. The resulting flow of air levitates dust particles that will stick to the surface of the lens.... We certainly need a protection from this.
    I think what I need is a darkroom-sized lens cap so that no dust can get in anywhere. That should solve all the problems!
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    All of my enlarger lenses are Schneider Componon-S: 50, 80, 150, 210, 240, and 300mm. All of them came with rear caps except the two smallest, which came in the plastic bubble cases. I have since purchased Schneider rear caps for them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Davis View Post
    All of my enlarger lenses are Schneider Componon-S: 50, 80, 150, 210, 240, and 300mm. All of them came with rear caps except the two smallest, which came in the plastic bubble cases. I have since purchased Schneider rear caps for them.
    Finally, someone with rear caps!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Bannow View Post
    Right - so it seems we need rear caps and no front caps then!
    Haaaa, why are my prints so light????


    I have front and rear caps for both my Rodenstock Omegaron and my Schneider Betavaron. The Betavaron came with both, I think the Omegaron are "found" caps. The rear cap has "Omega" silkscreened on it and has a tab sticking out.

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    I do have a genuine front cap for EL-Nikkor 50mm f/4. It's a metal cap with two little clips on both side of the cap. I don't use it though.
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    The Schneider lenses that I bought new came in cardboard boxes with both front and end caps. Other brands that came screwed into plastic boxes also had front caps.
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    Lens caps would be nice, but I don't find them to be necessary. I wrap my enlarger lenses in a microfiber cloth and put them in a drawer when not in use.

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    Enlarging lenses with-and-without caps. The ones without the original rear caps or cases, have aftermarket caps (not shown) From Right to Left:

    Rokkor CE with plastic case as rear cap (? front cap)
    Behind a Schneider Betaveron with front push-on cap and rear hard plastic screw-on cap.
    Schneider Componon S with plastic case as rear cap and original front push-on cap.
    Front Omegaron with original Rodenstock special cap, it squeezes inside the opening.
    Behind Komura with plastic case (? front cap)
    EL-Nikkor with plastic case and original squeeze-to-release front cap
    300mm Schneider Componon with original front cap (? rear cap)


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    Fujinar with original front cap (? original rear cap).

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