El Nikkor Compared to Componon-S Enlarger Lensesgreenspun.com : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread
Has anyone done a side by side comparison between a Componon-S and an El Nikkor enlarger lens? The El Nikkor's appear to be less expensive, yet sharpness and contrast appear to be Nikkor strengths. I'm interested in a 100mm or 105mm, although it's possible a valid comparison could be made at any focal length.
-- neil poulsen (email@example.com), October 26, 2000
The best I can offer is a reference to the Sept/Oct 1985 and Jan/Feb 1986 issues of Darkroom & Creative Camera Techniques. Then read Post Exposure, and have Ctein convince you there's so much sample-to-sample variation that inter-brand comparisons are of dubious value. Despite his discussion of randomly imperfect element centering, he does include a table of his own enlarger lens test results.
-- Sal Santamaura (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 26, 2000.
I have used both Nikkor and Schneider enlarging lenses and cannot see any visible difference between either, they are both excellent !!! Now I use Schneider enlarging lenses simply because I managed to pick up "as new" used ones at a good price, but I doubt if anyone would be able to tell what brand of lenses were used for any print!!!!!!
-- paul owen (email@example.com), October 26, 2000.
Hear, hear, Paul.
"If the picture is good enough, then who cares if the camera was good enough?" (- H.Cartier-Bresson, I believe.)
-- Pete Andrews (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 27, 2000.