What is the summicron of enlarging lenses?

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  1. DocFrankenstein

    DocFrankenstein Clinically Insane?

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    I am looking for a 50mm for my enlarger.

    Which ones do you recommend as the total best and which ones would be the best value for the money?

    Is the Nikkor 50/2.8 a good lens?

    Thanks
     
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    KevinR TPF Noob!

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    The Nikkor is really nice. So are the Schneider Componon-S or Rodenstock Rodagon. These are 6 element designs.
     
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    Hertz van Rental TPF Noob!

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    I have always used EL Nikkors. I never got on with Schneiders.
    Minolta used to do some cracking lenses.
    Don't look for value for money - get the best lens you can afford even if it means selling your firstborn.
    An enlarger is only as good as the lens you use. A cheap enlarger with a good lens will produce far better prints than an expensive enlarger with a cheap lens.
    If you have a top quality enlarger then get a lens to match. You'll be glad you did.
     
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    ThomThomsk TPF Noob!

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    I've managed to end up with two 50mm EL Nikkors, a Nikkor 80mm and a Minolta 50mm. All good, and all cheap on eBay. I use the Minolta back to front instead of a loupe.
     
  5. DocFrankenstein

    DocFrankenstein Clinically Insane?

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    What do you mean? You tried them and didn't like them?

    The Schneiders are 2x as expensive, and after reading up a bit some people are saying that "all the pro labs" used componons? What do you think?

    EDIT: Originally I wasn't thinking of getting anything cheaper than the Nikkor 50mm. But I'm biased toward the german glass...

    Now I'm torn between the EL-Nikkor and EL-Companon ;)
     
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    Hertz van Rental TPF Noob!

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    I found Schneiders to be bland and a bit characterless - but it's nothing more than one of those personal things. The same as why I prefer Olympus cameras to Canon. Although I think a better analogy comes from Hi-fi: why do some people prefer vinyl to CD or valve to solid state? Can't quantify but you can tell the difference.
    I just prefer the 'feel' of the Nikkor image.
    Having said that I used Minolta Rokkors in a colour lab for a while and loved them. Later I bought one for myself and hated it. C'est la vie!
     
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    Torus34 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I've found the Rodenstocks satisfactory.
     

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