Contact print can not be beat by any enlarger. Not only lens, lighting source have also great impact on final print. If you print on condenser enlarger, you lose highlights, if you print with diffused light, you lose sharpness
I found that Leitz enlargers with high quality condensers are the best compromise between the emphasis on sharpness and the emphasis on tonality.
Focomat 1 , Valoy or Focomat 2. Focomat 2 is the winner: little less sharp prints than Focomat 1, but great tonality ,very close to contact print.
And about lenses: now I print with 6 element lenses, but in past I started with 3 element chrome Durst Componar 50mm 3,5 . Ctein do not even take triplet for free, but I have made many photos for published books and catalogs for local museum with this sharp and excellent lens.
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