Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/09/24

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Leica R60/2.8 as enlarging lens?
From: Dan Cardish <>
Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2000 10:15:06 -0400

I guess it depends on what you mean by "high magnification".  Standard
enlarger lenses are optimized for about 1:10.  In this range they should do
quite well, but I wouldn't call this "high magnification".  If you try and
do 1:1, you will likely run into trouble.   For higher magnifications there
are lenses such as the Apo-Rodogon D series. 

Dan C.

At 09:03 AM 24-09-00 -0400, Harvey Weiss wrote:
>Alfred A. Blaker writes," Most enlarger lenses, even those of purportedly
>good qulaity and undeniably high price, are no better than fair when is
>comes to high-magnification, high resolution photography. I have found that
>by far the best readily available lenses for this work are the macro-type
>camera lenses." (Handbook for Scientific Photography, p. 111)   
>Can any provide their experience with the R60/2.8 used as an enlarging
>lens, presumably with an R to LTM adaptor?