Need gift for owner of Printmaker 67!

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Ano Neemus, Dec 7, 2004.

  1. Ano Neemus

    Ano Neemus Guest

    No, please don't tell me "another enlarger"....

    I can't spend much more than $100 or so....

    I'm thinking about an El Nikkor 2.5 50mm....? Would this be a
    significant upgrade over the stock Beseler? Will it work with the
    Printmaker?

    Thanks
     
    Ano Neemus, Dec 7, 2004
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  2. All enlarger lenses work with all enlargers, more or less... Nikkor and
    Schneider lenses certainly fit Beseler enlargers and are better than the
    Beseler lenses that come with them. I'll let others debate exactly which
    50-mm lens is best.

    Also, does this person have a good enlarging timer and enlarging exposure
    meter?
     
    Michael A. Covington, Dec 7, 2004
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  3. Yes.

    Yes.
     
    uraniumcommittee, Dec 7, 2004
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    dr bob Guest

    It's a fine lens for the money and much better than the "Stock".
    I still use mine (originally on a 76C) to do 11x16s from 35mm on my existing
    ancient Omega II. There are "better" lenses at about least double the price
    of the Nikon (wonder why?) If used, look for easy diaphragm movement and
    clarity of glass. A few marks and even a small scratch will make little
    difference in performance, but fog from deteriorated segment cement and / or
    fungus will effect the contrast greatly. Examine the glass carefully with a
    loupe (I use another lens) and a small flashlight to detect faults -
    focusing on each element in tern. Beware scratches on the rear element.

    Truly, dr bob.
     
    dr bob, Dec 7, 2004
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    Tom Phillips Guest


    For $100 you should be able to find a decent used Componon.
    Nikkor 50mm is only worth about $40-50.00
     
    Tom Phillips, Dec 7, 2004
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    Ano Neemus Guest

    Thanks all for the info...
     
    Ano Neemus, Dec 8, 2004
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  7. Ano Neemus

    Ano Neemus Guest


    Yeah, thought of that but.... "!"....

    I bought a "Like New" El Nikkor 2.5 50mm, and learned a lot about
    bokeh in the process, which was interesting...

    ASIDE: erm... what does "Needs ring" mean....?

    Thanks all...
     
    Ano Neemus, Dec 10, 2004
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    dr bob Guest

    There needs to be a threaded locking ring to secure the lens to the lens
    board. I think the Nikor takes a "standard" 39mm size. They are not hard
    to find if there is a camera repair place nearby. There are alternatives
    one can employ until the proper ring is located I.E., an O-ring of proper
    fit. See your local hardware.

    Truly, dr bob.
     
    dr bob, Dec 10, 2004
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  9. ASIDE: erm... what does "Needs ring" mean....?

    It needs the threaded ring that attaches it to the lensboard. Presumably,
    the ring from the existing Beseler lens can be used.
     
    Michael A. Covington, Dec 10, 2004
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  10. I should add that since this lens will be replacing another, you can use the
    ring from the old one.

    With some enlargers, such as my Beseler 23C, the lensboard is
    interchangeable for quick lens-changing, and I have each lens attached with
    its own ring to its own lensboard.
     
    Michael A. Covington, Dec 10, 2004
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    John Guest

    Well you could always use something like a Softar on the
    enlarging lens but ....


    Regards,

    John S. Douglas, Photographer - http://www.puresilver.org
    Please remove the "_" when replying via email
     
    John, Dec 11, 2004
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    jjs Guest

    Ain't no bokeh created in the enlarger.
     
    jjs, Dec 12, 2004
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  13. Ano Neemus

    Ano Neemus Guest

    Didn't say there was, but if you read about "lenses" long enough you
    run across it.
     
    Ano Neemus, Dec 13, 2004
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