Some years ago I owned and used mostly vintage lenses for my ULF work. That included several uncoated Dagors and Protars. When I replaced one of the uncoated Dagors with a modern multi-coated Nikkor M lens I had to decrease development time by about 25% to account for the much greater contrast of the multi-coated lens.
Originally Posted by Steve Hamley
That said, the single coated Dagor design G-Claron lenses are great value. Late model coated Dagors of the same vintage, Kern for example, generally sell for a lot more than the Dagor type G-Clarons, in part I think because not many people are aware of the fact that early G-Claron are in fact Dagors.
As for the ultimate in contrast, try a multi-coated Dagor, say the 14" Kern Dagor or the Schneider 550 XXL. With only four air to glass surfaces and multi-coating you get a very contrasty negative with these lenses.