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    Advice on light-fall-off needed

    Hi Forum,

    Until recently I was thinking of upgrading my EL-Nikkor 2.8 50 with a Apo-Rodagon. Yestrday however, I discovered that my enlarger shows some light fall-of towards the edges, wich can only be counteracted by stopping down. Will this diminnish the usebility of an Apo-Rodagon, which, if I understood correctly, could be used at a bigger aperture?

    Thanks for your comments.

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    Which enlarger do you have ?
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    Light falloff problems can usually be remedied. First, define the light falloff. With a 35mm carrier with a blank piece of film (clear, little density) in place and focused on the baseboard, expose a sheet of paper to a mid-gray. Then compare that to an exposure of a step tablet, to determine how much light falloff, in stops, occurs at various points on the paper. And do this a various apertures.

    I personally wouldn’t worry if the light falloff is less than ½ stop at 5.6. If more, you can probably modify the enlarger (clean the diffusion box, or condensers, etc). What type of enlarger are we talking about?

    Finally, the Nikkor 50/2.8 is a great lens. I would only consider an APO lens if I were doing critical color work.
    —Eric

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    I wonder if you don't have an issue with the upper bellows of your enlarger. (assuming it has one) Sometimes that will cause significant fall off with the Beseler condenser enlargers we use. Our solution is to put an empty carrier in the enlarger, focus using the edge of the carrier as your image, and adjust the bellows until the light is even across the frame.

    Paul.

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    Just try an edge burn of about 15% and see if that solves your problem. If that doesn't work do a + or - ...
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    If stopping down counters the light falloff, it's due to the lens, not the condeser/diffuser. That means the Apo-Rodagon may well fix it.
    Photography has always fascinated me -- as a child, simply for the magic of capturing an image onto glossy paper with a little box, but as an adult because of the unique juxtaposition of science and art -- the physics of optics, the mechanics of the camera, the chemistry of film and developer, alongside the art in seeing, composing, exposing, processing and printing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donald Qualls
    If stopping down counters the light falloff,
    it's due to the lens, not the condeser/diffuser.
    I was going to say the same. Dan

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    Again, which enlarger do you have ? The problem could be caused by countless theoretical possibilities... but identifying the enlarger will make it an easy fix.

    Switching lenses is unlikely to solve anything.
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    and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision"

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    A decent example of a 50mm El Nikkor N vs a 50mm Apo Rodagon N is going to be very little. Both lenses are highly suitable for b&w as well as color enlarging.
    Claire (Ms Anne Thrope is in the darkroom)

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    The enlarger is a German Dunco enlarger. It had a promissing reputation, but doesn't quite live up to it.

    Jaap Jan



 

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