Experience with 50mmf/4.5 Focotar lenses?greenspun.com : LUSENET : Leica Photography : One Thread
I have a line on two 50mm f/4.5 Focotar enlarging lenses (which I assume are pre Focotar-1). One is mint, the other ex+. My current 50 is a 2.8 Rodagon, about which I really have no complaints other than the click-stops are missing. Anyone out there care to share their experiences with the 50/4.5 Focotar? I've heard that the Focotar-1 (50/2.8) and the 40mm WA Focotar's are each stunning, but how about the earlier one?
-- John Layton (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 26, 2002
The 50mm 4.5 focotars are great,even wide open,and the 50mm focotar- 2 is even sharper.I've heard the regular focotar is better in the corners and the focotar-2 is better in the center.I own both and I think it's true but it is splitting hairs.
-- Emile de Leon (email@example.com), March 26, 2002.
I have both : schneider componon-s 50/2.8 (compareable to the rodagon I think) and the focotar 50/4.5 (the 2nd version which was a schneider design and was made before the focotar-II). I compared once the componon-s, focotar and focotar-II and I have to admit that it was very hard to see which print was made with which lens at f5.6 and f8 which are the openings I use in general when enlarging. If there is a difference, it is in contrast at the wider openings. As far as I know the rodagon is also a very good lens and I don't expect the focotar to be very different from it. In general enlarging lenses are sold quite cheap and I would buy a focotar if the price is good and find it out for yourself. Good luck,
-- Frederik Boone (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 27, 2002.
Hello John. The Focotar 50's are not only good enlarging lenses.With the right Visoflex and bellows set up the Focotar makes a superb macro lens.
-- Sheridan Zantis (email@example.com), March 27, 2002.