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    Didn't see that coming. I just bought a Schneider Componon-S 50mm f/2.8 from the B&H used department.
    Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts: Journalism - University of Arkansas 2014

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    Here are some MTF curves for your new lens. They show why you might want to think of the f2.8 aperture as a 'focusing and composing' aperture and use f8 for making prints.
    https://www.schneideroptics.com/pdfs...-s_28_50_2.pdf

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    Thanks

    I always stop down to print anyway and use it wide open to focus and compose.

    I can't wait to use this lens. I have a lot of beautiful negatives from New Mexico that I haven't been able to print.
    Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts: Journalism - University of Arkansas 2014

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    One alternative is to buy both and sell the one you don't want.

    I have used some enlarging lenses that are not very good. Rodagons are hard to beat. I read that there is variability lens to lens, so if can get a good deal used, buy them both and see for yourself.
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    I've used the Rodagon 50mm f/4 for 15 years. Only recently I changed to a Rodagon 50mm f/2.8 APO.

    I see absolutely no difference.

    (I only do b&w, stop down to f/5,6-f/8 and go no bigger than 12x16).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkroom317 View Post
    Didn't see that coming. I just bought a Schneider Componon-S 50mm f/2.8 from the B&H used department.
    I just got the lens. It doesn't have illuminated f-stops and lacks the f-stop memory lever. What can you guys tells me about this lens?
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    I have one and I think it's an older model but it is an outstanding performer nonetheless.
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    Well you can look up the serial number at http://www.schneiderkreuznach.com/service/serie.htm

    It's also possible it is an "industrial" version for machine printing, they really didn't need those features.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkroom317 View Post
    I just got the lens. It doesn't have illuminated f-stops and lacks the f-stop memory lever. What can you guys tells me about this lens?
    The MTF and technical data of the most current Componon-S should be the same for your lens, even though it is in the older barrel.

    Even though it is a fantastic top-of-the-line lens, it can get blurry on the corners with high magnification (20x and up). They make the APO High Magnification 45 to use in those cases.

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