Beseler vs Rodenstock

This is a discussion on Beseler vs Rodenstock within the Darkroom forums, part of the FILM PHOTOGRAPHY FORUM category; Can anyone shed some light on the quality levels between these two producers? Is it worth spending the extra dough to get the Rodenstock quality?...


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    Can anyone shed some light on the quality levels between these two producers? Is it worth spending the extra dough to get the Rodenstock quality?


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    I use a Rodenstock for macro on my DSLR, and I can vouch for it's sharpness. I dunno about the beseler lenses. Hav eyou looked on ebay though lately? Enlarging lenses go super cheap, an 80mm Rodagon can be had for about $25,
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    Beseler never made lenses. They bought them from Rodenstock and Schneider, and had their own name put on the label. So in general I'd say the Beseler branded lenses should be pretty good, although both Rodenstock and Schneider made several levels of lens quality. Even their low end stuff is pretty good.

    I used Schneider Componon and El Nikkor enlarging lenses. They are top of the line, and I see them going pretty cheap these days.
    "I donít use an exposure meter. My personal advice is: Spend the money you would put into such an instrument for film. Buy yards of film, miles of it. Buy all the film you can get your hands on. And then experiment with it. That is the only way to be successful in photography. Test, try, experiment, feel your way along. It is the experience, not technique, which counts in camera work first of all. If you get the feel of photography, you can take fifteen pictures while one of your opponents is trying out his exposure meter." -Alfred Eisenstaedt


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