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Thanks for the many replies to my previous enlarger lens question!
I did purchase the newer vivtar VHE 135/5.6 six element enlarger lens.
It is MUCH LARGER than that very old Omega/Schneider Componon 135/5.6 The vivitar does in fact say "made in germany" I had assumed that these lense would be very similar (silly me!) am I incorrect for assuming that the much bigger and heavier piece of glass will improve my resolution etc? I know it sounds crazy, but that old schneider must be 30-40 years old! although the Schneider is clear now that I removed all that crud from between the elements.
ALSO! I did notice the the aperture on the Schneider is made of many leaves and gives a nice round circle at all sizes. BUT, the Vivitar gives a sort of octagonal shape to the opening, not round at all. I thought I had read somewhere that a round opening gave better image quality? my brain might have made that one up.
IN A NUTSHELL: should I hang on to that old schneider lens and am I completely wrong in my expectations of this Vivitar (and, NO, I haven't actually printed from it) I actually had to cut a hole in a thin piece of wood (luan board) to get that thing mounted in the lens cone, and it aint' exactly centered (only very slightly off) as I said, it's much larger than the old schneider.
-- paul schuster (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 16, 2000
I have since printed w/ the vivitar. I do believe it to be much sharper than what I was getting from the old Schneider (when it had all the black crap in between the elements). I think I can now get all my power lines to show up!
-- paul schuster (email@example.com), September 18, 2000.
That Vivitar is a 135 Rodenstock Rodagon. I _think_ it's the generation previous to the current version but I'm not sure about that. At any rate, it's a premium lens.
According to Rodenstock, the 135 Rodagon mounts with the standard 39mm-drilled lensboard and jam nut. If you can't find a jam nut they're certainly available from calumetphoto.com.
I don't know what enlarger you have, but you can most likely find a lensboard on ebay.
-- John Hicks (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 18, 2000.