FUJINON'S LARGE FORMAT ENLARGING LENSES

Fuji didn't just make great lenses for cameras.  They also made a lot of great enlarging lenses.  These came in several focal lengths, from 38mm to 135mm, for various formats, and in different optical designs and series -- Rectar, Fujinar-E, Fujinon-ES, Fujinon-EP, and Fujinon-EX.  FYI, Fuji's enlarging lenses should not be confused with the enlarging lenses made by Fujimoto, another Japanese photographic manufacturer.  Their enlarging lenses were often labeled "Lucky-E".

Way back in 1986, Bob Mitchell, an editor for Darkroom Techniques magazine, put a few of Fuji's enlarging lenses to the test.

Let's take a closer look at the enlarging lenses that Fuji offered for large-format (4x5) use.  There were five:

Fujinar-E 13cm f6.3

Fujinar-E 135mm f4.5

Fujinon-ES 135mm f4.5


Fujinon-EP 135mm f5.6


Fujinon-EX 135mm f5.6

Fujinon 135mm Enlarging Lens Comparison Table

 

Optical
Focal
Length

f-stop
range

Elements
/ Groups

Covering Power /
Angle of Coverage

Magnification
Range &
Optimal

Mount

Coating

Half-stops?

Illuminated
stops?

f-stop
over-ride?

Pre-set
stops?

Fujinar-E

?

f6.3-32

4/3 (?)

?

?-?X
?X

39mm x 1.0mm

Single (?)

No

No

No

No

Fujinar-E

?

f4.5-22

4/3 (?)

?

?-?X
?X

39mm x 1.0mm

Single (?)

No

No

No

No

Fujinon-ES

134.7mm

f4.5-22

4/3

50°

1.5-10X
5X

39mm x 1.0mm

Single

No

No

No

No

Fujinon-EP

135.5mm

f5.6-45

6/4

56°

1.5-10X
5X

39mm x 1.0mm

Single

No

No

No

No

Fujinon-EX

136.8mm

f5.6-45

6/6

62°

1.5-10X
5X

53mm x 0.75mm

EBC

Yes

Yes

No

No


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