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    I have a totally different set than you because I turned my Kodak 8 x 10 2D into a horizontal enlarger. The normal lens I use for 16 x 20 enlargements is a Rodenstock Rodagon 300mm. But for blowing up only part of the neg, I use a 240 El Nikkor F5.6 lens and it works great. I'm pretty sure that it would also work with the full negative.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2F/2F View Post
    The rails need not be used with the factory baseboard. So, you could go quite large if you make an elevated wall stand for the enlarger.
    P.S. Those enlargers can be used horizontally as well. Might be rickety with the 8x10 conversion; I'm not sure as I have never tried.

    Thanks, Dan. I will look into that model lens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2F/2F View Post
    I am seriously considering trying to track down a wide-angle lens for the 8x10 format, if there is such a thing.
    There are a few options. The Schneider 240mm lenses cover 180mm x 240mm, however, they have (8x10") in parentheses after that. Obviously that is not a direct metric conversion, so they presume you are not printing full frame. From what I read, are very popular and seem to work well. Also there are process lens options out there in the 250mm focal length. Going from 300mm to 240mm gets you about one paper size bigger.

    With the grain magnifier at the corners my 300mm is sharper than my 240 Componon-s when wide open, but I don't print wide open so I suspect the prints would be nearly identical. So I don't see any need to repeat the comparison that I suspect many others have done. My head goes almost all the way to the top, so I have not had a need to use the 240mm yet, though I have had it for 6 months or so.

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    You can also dig a hole in the floor...

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