Quote Originally Posted by NedL View Post
I find reading this a little discouraging, since I don't have anything to compare w/ my el nikkor so I wouldn't know. Do you notice this using the lens as well as in the finished prints?
NedL, I'm sorry I criticized a lens that might be the one you use and rely on. The older-style lens in the community darkroom pleased me quite a bit. The one I bought that disappointed me was the "newer-style" 50mm f/2.8 El-Nikkor N.

I was young and inexperienced.

I just checked my vintage 8x10 prints that I know were made using that lens.

The issues I see (grain blur on corners) could very well be attributed to enlarger misalignment.

Don't be discouraged. I am sure your lens is fine.