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Nikon 105mm >The ulitmate enlarger lens?

Che Guevara , Sep 23, 2002; 02:02 a.m.

Is the 105mm f/2.8 EL-NIKKOR PRINTING LENS really the best enlarger lens out there? For B&W printing only. To be used with 645 and 35mm negs. I have a componon s but am looking for the last enlarger lens I will ever need. After all can I really blame my non-German camera lenses for anything if my enlarger lens is not beyond reproach? Many Thanks in advace. Che


Pete Andrews , Sep 23, 2002; 06:22 a.m.

This sounds like a troll to me. Are you some sort of darkroom revolutionary, Che?<p>El-Nikkor 105mm <b>f/2.8</b>? Is there such a beast?<br>Anyway, I doubt you'd notice ANY difference between a Componon-S and an El-Nikkor of equivalent focal length, they're both top flight lenses.<p>IMHO, the only way you'd improve on a Componon-S would be to use an Apo-Componon HM, or an Apo-Rodagon. Contrary to what some people would have you believe, the El-Nikkors aren't the last word in enlarging lenses, although they are very good.

Bob Finley , Sep 23, 2002; 07:52 a.m.

Troll from dead revolutionary or not, there actually is a 105mm f2.8 for $6500 at B&H. I'll just have to muddle along with a Nikon 50 2.8 and a 105 5.6. Here I thought I finally had a nice lens combination only to find out that the "ultimate" is out there. Darn!

I can't afford the price difference this week, maybe next week;)

Pat Raymore , Sep 23, 2002; 08:29 p.m.


are you refering to the 105mm f5.6 Apo El nikkor? Indeed a fine lens but rather expensive.

Che Guevara , Sep 23, 2002; 08:52 p.m.

Comrades: Wow, that is indeed allot of money! I must therefore assume that I was recommended the 105mm 5.6, as I was quoted a much lower price. I am also curios to find Che associated with trolls. I guess trolls are medieval and Marxist historians idealized the middle ages. Just so as not to offend: for my generation (and country of origin) Che is but an icon of free spirit; devoid of political significance. See also the original M6 TTL brochure. So anyway: does everybody agree on the German glass?

Mark Farnsworth , Sep 23, 2002; 11:52 p.m.

If you are actually serious: The El-Nikkor 80mm f/5.6 will cover 6x7cm, and therefore will cover 645 with room to spare. It will work with 35mm negatives, but you may have trouble making even 8x10 prints on your enlarger baseboard (depending on your enlarger). The Schneider Componon-s 80mm is also an excellent lens for 645.

If you have money to spare, and want the very best, try the Rodenstock APO Rodagon-N or Schneider APO Componon-HM 80mm lenses.

alistair gray , Oct 03, 2002; 05:49 a.m.

I have not used the 105 but have a 63mm 2.8 which I find outstanding both for 35mm and my xpan panoramics,no fall off of in the corners apparent on 16" wide enlargements. Alistair

rui lourosa , Oct 03, 2002; 08:08 a.m.

the 105 f/5.6 apo from nikkor, was probably the best enlarging lens ever made, and also one of the few truly apochromatic ones, since many show a lot of chromatic aberrations that certainly wouldn´t be present in a truly apo lens, ctein unveils some issues about this, but catch a good photo optics book and check the apo designs and the possible aberrations in a called apo lens, most of the apo lenses are just better corrected achromatic ones, i have two rodagons (50 & 80) four sheneiders 50 componon-s 75 componar (the worst) and two (75 and one 150) durst componon, all of them are good but there are differences between the 50mm rodagon that i bought 4 years ago and the 50mm componon-s that very old, but in perfect condition, diferrent designs, but don´t foul yourself´s with apo´s, and try the lenses if you can before you buy

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