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hennesse



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2003 1:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just bought a Graflarger for my 4x5. A common suggestion is to use an enlarging lens rather than the camera lens. Any recommendations?
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Les



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2003 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are other comprable lenses, but I like the Schneider Componon-S. For 4x5 the 135mm lens will fill the bill. And this is one time where you can take advantage of the digital revolution.

Calumet sells this lens new for $449.50, but with prolabs going bust right and left, there's a flood of them on the used market. A quick check of ebay shows them selling between $55 and $99.

The Componon-S is better than the Componon and the Componar, but is less expensive that the Componon HM which probably wouldn't give you a whole lot more for you money on a Graflarger

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hennesse



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2003 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Les - thanks for the info. But just how good an enlarger is a Graflarger? Would I be better off to pick up a $10 or $15 Ektar and save my money for a real enlarger?

I thought the Graflarger might be a cheap way to get started making prints, while I decided just how deep into this hobby I want to get.

The Graflarger is a neat accessory, and I figgered that I could sell it when the time came for a good enlarger (although once you get into this stuff, you hate to sell anything).

Or should I just bite the bullet and get a Componon-S?

Dave
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Dan Fromm



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2003 2:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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On 2003-01-08 16:43, hennesse wrote:
Les - thanks for the info. But just how good an enlarger is a Graflarger? Would I be better off to pick up a $10 or $15 Ektar and save my money for a real enlarger?

I thought the Graflarger might be a cheap way to get started making prints, while I decided just how deep into this hobby I want to get.

The Graflarger is a neat accessory, and I figgered that I could sell it when the time came for a good enlarger (although once you get into this stuff, you hate to sell anything).

Or should I just bite the bullet and get a Componon-S?

Dave
get it. if you replace the graflarger you'll still need the lens.
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hennesse



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2003 2:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uhh, I may be a little slow, but I think I get the hint...
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