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    Enlarging lenses - why no lens caps for them?

    Did enlarging lenses originally come with caps? It would seem that the answer is no, but why not?

    Shouldn't they stay dust free just like taking lenses? Is this some kind of unidentified conspiracy?
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    Most of my enlarging lenses came with caps. This includes my EL-Nikkors, Minolta Rokkors, Rodagons and even my old Enlarging Ektars. All bought used. If you're buying used lenses, the caps were probably lost or kept by the original owner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zathras View Post
    Most of my enlarging lenses came with caps. This includes my EL-Nikkors, Minolta Rokkors, Rodagons and even my old Enlarging Ektars. All bought used. If you're buying used lenses, the caps were probably lost or kept by the original owner.
    Guess I'm really unlucky then. Only a few Nikkors have front caps - Never seen rear caps for any lens.
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    I don't think good ones EVER came with rear caps. They were sold in a bubble case where the screw bottom had a thread that lens screwed into. An EL-cheapo lens I have did have a rear cap.
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    I don't think any of my enlarging lenses came with rear caps because of the packaging they were sold in. They were screwed into a plastic base with a clear top, hence the need for only a front cap. I have a couple of these that came in darkroom lots I've picked up over the years.

    EDIT: tkamiya just beat me to it

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    None of the new enlarger lenses I've bought had lens caps they had keeper housings though.

    Once a lens is fiitted dust doesn't fall upwards

    Ian

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    Quote Originally Posted by toro_mike View Post
    I don't think any of my enlarging lenses came with rear caps because of the packaging they were sold in. They were screwed into a plastic base with a clear top, hence the need for only a front cap. I have a couple of these that came in darkroom lots I've picked up over the years.
    Yeah, I've got a few of those as well. They aren't very useful though after the lens is mounted.

    Still seems front and rear caps could be pretty useful to keep the dust off and such.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    None of the new enlarger lenses I've bought had lens caps they had keeper housings though.

    Once a lens is fiitted dust doesn't fall upwards

    Ian
    Right - so it seems we need rear caps and no front caps then!
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    Maybe we should put a UV filter and lens hood, too....
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tkamiya View Post
    Maybe we should put a UV filter and lens hood, too....
    Well, of course! I was going to start a new thread for those ...
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