Enlarger lens

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Paul Giverin, Jun 5, 2009.

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    Paul Giverin Guest

    Well I went and did it. I carried out my threat to buy some developing
    and printing gear. For £40 I ended up with a Paterson sytem 4 tank, a
    changing bag, a Paterson 35mm proof printer, a darkroom safelight and a
    Durst M370 enlarger. The latter cost £20 and all the gear was local to
    me so no postage. I know I have a few more things to get.

    I thought the enlarger was a good buy. I don't think it has ever been
    used. It still has an original continental two pin fitted. The guy
    selling it had no idea about photography and I was hoping that I might
    find an enlarger lens fitted but no such luck.

    The trouble is, I don't know what lens to fit. I know I need a 50mm lens
    for 35mm negs but I don't know if all 50mm lenses will fit my enlarger.
    I see that there is a screw thread where the lens would fit.

    So what sort of lens do I need? What are the quality makes and what to


    Paul Giverin

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    Paul Giverin, Jun 5, 2009
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    Rob Morley Guest

    For some reason dishes and dish warmers don't seem as easy to find
    cheaply as all the other stuff.
    I expect the timer it was used with had that sort of socket.
    The standard thread is 39x1mm[1]. Nikon EL Nikkor and Minolta E.Rokkor
    are generally regarded as good enough for most jobs. I'd avoid anything
    that didn't come either in a proper keeper or as hardly used in
    original packaging, because some of the lenses out there have been
    rolling around in the back of a drawer or stuck under the sink for

    [1] Some used 42x1mm, which meant you could use your camera lens as
    an enlarging lens. :)
    Rob Morley, Jun 6, 2009
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  3. I have a 45mm Leitz (Leica) Focotar on my enlarger. With recent steep
    prices for new Leica lenses I thought I might do well on e-bay. So I
    looked and found several on offer under £20. So I'm keeping it at least
    for macro work.

    Note enlarger lenses are designed to work in the 1:1 - 1:10
    magnification range. So they should be better - like macro lenses - in
    their design range.


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    Michael J Davis, Jun 6, 2009
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