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Focotar II 100mm - Shabby enlarger lens?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 6:46 pm    Post subject: Focotar II 100mm - Shabby enlarger lens? Reply with quote

Tried out an older enlarger lens (Leitz FOCOTAR II f5.6 / 100mm) today @f5.6, pretty great weather, our "Indian Summer"...

















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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 7:05 pm    Post subject: enlarging lens Reply with quote

excellent shots,how do you mount the lens?what camera,adapter?


PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic images! Thank you for sharing.


PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These look great! Great processing also.
What lens, camera and what is an enlarger?


PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Three words to sum up my feelings:

Stunning. Beautiful. Inspirational.

Mark


PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice work Klaus.

I've yet to find an enlarger lens that didn't work well as a taking lens, even the very old uncoated Wray Supar triplet and the Dallmeyer Popular tessar both worked very well.


PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice shots Klaus.


PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very, very nice, Klaus. But then I would expect nothing less from you. I especially like the painterly looking background in the first one and the textures in the second to last one.

Whenever I see close-ups taken with enlarger lenses, I mentally kick myself for selling my old EL 50 Nikkor and two Rodenstocks.


PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First, fantastic photos, well done and to answer our friends question...

asterinex wrote:
These look great! Great processing also.
What lens, camera and what is an enlarger?


This is an enlarger, read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enlarger



PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, thanks guys. It's not shabby at all, one of the best enlarger lens I ever used... a Leitz FOCOTAR II f5.6 / 100mm :BIGGRIN:

And I just could not stop taking pics...







I'm not a Leica "fanboy", but what Leitz has made here .. Chapeau!


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bummer, forgot to mention that it also handles very subtle colors like pastels in high and low key very well...







PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

drjs wrote:
Fantastic images! Thank you for sharing.

+1 your pictures clarity is always wonderful.


PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More details about the lens please.... Smile
I ask because I wonder if it's the same one I have, but have not yet had time to shoot it yet.
I can't forget to say "great shots!"


PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 3:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stunning quality and beautifully taken. Shocked


PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I am sort of learning composition,
but I have to admire your skills on that

Like the first image, stunning

even if sharper by resizing and probably lots of Paintshop magic: stunning


PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, really great colors, fine details, sharpness,... stunning IQ Shocked
Your "shabby lens" could be an Apo-El-Nikkor Wink
Please let us finally know which lens it is Smile


PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a Leitz FOCOTAR II f5.6 / 100mm lens and no, no Photoshop or any other manipulation software has been used (don't even have that), just jpg's from the camera resized/resharpened by my image archiving software - that's it.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kds315* wrote:
It's a Leitz Focotar lens and no, no Photoshop or any other manipulation software has been used (don't even have that), just jpg's from the camera resized/resharpened by my image archiving software - that's it.

Then the lens is a real gem and you master it perfectly at close focus.
Lovely images with perfect color, sharpness and contrast.
What focal length has your Focotar?


PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 4:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine is like this: http://www.l-camera-forum.com/leica-wiki.en/index.php/Focotar_-_1_1:4.5_/_50_mm
I think I'll be dusting mine off after seeing these shots, part of the reason it has sat so long is that 50mm enlarger lenses don't reach infinity on my bellows.


PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 5:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A stunning series, Klaus!


PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks a lot guys, I too was impressed by this old lens!


PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Edited

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW, that's quite an amazing serie Shocked ......


PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ForenSeil wrote:
Wow, really great colors, fine details, sharpness,... stunning IQ Shocked
Your "shabby lens" could be an Apo-El-Nikkor Wink
Please let us finally know which lens it is Smile


Hmm, maybe I should give my Apo-EL-Nikkor a spin indeed and make some comparative shots...


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haha - the price of Ernst Leitz Wetzlar Focotar f=5cm 1:4.5 DOOCQ Enlarging Lenses just tripled on ebay

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/281173142283?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649


Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
OH

Just re-checked - oops, my mistake - the price hasn't tripled, it has sextupled ..... Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked