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    What's a good 39mm thread 70mm enlarger lens?

    My durst F60 came with only a 50mm lens but I plan to do 6x6 negatives. I don't need the best and want to avoid junk. What's a good lens to fit a 39mm mount?

    Thanks to you all.

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    Although it is not a 70mm lens, I'm using a Schneider 80mm f/4 Componon-S which serves me well for all my medium format negatives.

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    I second the Componon-s, but El-Nikkors are quite good too. Oh, and Rodenstock lenses, especially the APO are quite amazing.

    There's lots of good choices, thankfully.
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    Any good 75 or 80mm lens.

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    75mm El-Nikkors are very good performers and reasonably priced as they are 4 element designs. But as used enlarging lenses sell for very little these days you can probably find plenty of 80mm 6-element El-Nikkors, Rodenstock Rodagons or Schneider Companons that are real bargains. Don't pass up el-Rokkor (Minolta), Computar or Fujinon enlarging lenses, they are often the equal of the big-3. The APO-Nikkors are the highest performing lenses with stratospheric prices to match, APO-Rodagons are less pricey but also spectacular performers.

    Rodenstock and Schneider budget lenses usually have names ending in -or or -ar and have a variable reputation. Omega and Beseler private labeled Rodenstock and Schneider lenses but you need to have a magic decoder ring to figure out which are the good ones and which were the low-cost 'kit' lenses: "Omegar", "Omegaron", "Beslar" etc..

    Some of the Meopta lenses were good - I think the Meogons, somebody will correct me, I'm sure.
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    DARKROOM AUTOMATION
    f-Stop Timers - Enlarging Meters
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    The Vivitar VHE and Minolta CE lenses are very good and can be had very cheaply when they show up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Lindan View Post
    el-Rokkor (Minolta)
    As Mwdake said -- that should be CE Rokkor.

    Durst also private labeled some very good lenses. But they also private labeled some perfectly horrid Isco lenses - seek advice before buying Durst lenses.
    DARKROOM AUTOMATION
    f-Stop Timers - Enlarging Meters
    http://www.darkroomautomation.com/da-main.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrclSchprs View Post
    Although it is not a 70mm lens, I'm using a Schneider 80mm f/4 Componon-S which serves me well for all my medium format negatives.
    I'm using one of these too. The backlit aperture display and the open/close lever behind the aperture dial is a nice bonus. El-Nikkors are good too, but I like the combination of quality and features on the componon-s mentioned.

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    This is indeed a good time to buy enlarger lenses. Within the last 9 months I picked up a new old stock 50 mm f2.8 Schneider Componon S - 6 elements I think - for about $85, a 80mm Componon and a 105 mm Fujinon each for around $50. The 50mm origininally sold for about $300, according to the price tag still on the box!

    Don't forget that your Durst may have lens boards available for other size mounts. For my Besler 23C I had to turn up additional lens boards for the 50mm which had a different thread than the other boards.

    Now if only paper and film were as inexpensive and available as enlargers....

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    As Mwdake said -- that should be CE Rokkor
    Yes, I think that's what I meant to say.

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