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100mm Lens Shootout

 Edge Crops (Below Lincoln's Jacket), in order of decreasing sharpness:


1. 89mm f5 Rodenstock Scitex S-2 duplication lens

2. 86mm f5.6 Tomioka E36C duplication lens (fixed-aperture)

3. 86mm f4 Tomioka E36 duplication lens

4. 108mm f5.6 Rodenstock LFOV duplication lens (fixed aperture)

5. 110mm f5.6 Rodenstock Scitex S-2 duplication lens

6. 110mm f5 Rodenstock Scitex S-3 duplication lens (fixed aperture)

7. 94.1mm f4 Tomioka E66 duplication lens

8. 90mm f4 Tomioka E36 duplication lens

9. 100mm f4.5 Lomo Mikroplanar macro lens

10. 90mm f4.5 Elgeet Colorstigmat enlarging lens

11. 105mm f5.6 Nikon EL-Nikkor enlarging lens

12. 105mm f5.6 Rodenstock Rodagon enlarging lens

13. 110mm f4 Industar N-100-Y enlarging lens

14. 105mm f4.5 Vivitar enlarging lens

15. 105mm f4.5 Tomioka Tominon macro lens

16. 90mm f4.5 Wollensak Enlarging Raptar enlarging lens

17. 90mm f4.5 Lens Made In Japan (no brand) enlarging lens

18. 90mm f4.5 Perfex Anastigmat enlarging lens

19. 101mm f4.5 Wollensak Enlarging Raptar enlarging lens

20. 100mm f4.5 Kodak Enlarging Ektar enlarging lens

21. 90mm f6.3 Perfex Anastigmat enlarging lens

22. 90mm f4.5 Roussel Trylor enlarging lens


Comparison of a range of ~100mm lenses for use in coin photography

 List of 22 Lenses Compared, in alphabetical order of manufacturer:


90mm f4.5 Elgeet Colorstigmat enlarging lens

110mm f4 Industar N-100-Y enlarging lens

100mm f4.5 Kodak Enlarging Ektar enlarging lens

90mm f4.5 Lens Made In Japan (no brand) enlarging lens

100mm f4.5 Lomo Mikroplanar macro lens

105mm f5.6 Nikon EL-Nikkor enlarging lens

90mm f4.5 Perfex Anastigmat enlarging lens

90mm f6.3 Perfex Anastigmat enlarging lens

105mm f5.6 Rodenstock Rodagon enlarging lens

108mm f5.6 Rodenstock LFOV duplication lens (fixed aperture)

89mm f5 Rodenstock Scitex S-2 duplication lens

110mm f5.6 Rodenstock Scitex S-2 duplication lens

110mm f5 Rodenstock Scitex S-3 duplication lens (fixed aperture)

90mm f4.5 Roussel Trylor enlarging lens
86mm f5.6 Tomioka E36C duplication lens (fixed-aperture)
86mm f4 Tomioka E36 duplication lens

90mm f4 Tomioka E36 duplication lens
94.1mm f4 Tomioka E66 duplication lens

105mm f4.5 Tomioka Tominon macro lens

105mm f4.5 Vivitar enlarging lens
90mm f4.5 Wollensak Enlarging Raptar enlarging lens
101mm f4.5 Wollensak Enlarging Raptar enlarging lens

 Center Crops (Lincoln's throat), in order of decreasing sharpness:


1. 108mm f5.6 Rodenstock LFOV duplication lens (fixed aperture)

2. 110mm f5.6 Rodenstock Scitex S-2 duplication lens

3. 86mm f5.6 Tomioka E36C duplication lens (fixed-aperture)

4. 100mm f4.5 Lomo Mikroplanar macro lens

5. 110mm f5 Rodenstock Scitex S-3 duplication lens (fixed aperture)

6. 89mm f5 Rodenstock Scitex S-2 duplication lens

7. 94.1mm f4 Tomioka E66 duplication lens

8. 90mm f4 Tomioka E36 duplication lens

9. 86mm f4 Tomioka E36 duplication lens

10. 105mm f5.6 Nikon EL-Nikkor enlarging lens

11. 105mm f5.6 Rodenstock Rodagon enlarging lens

12. 110mm f4 Industar N-100-Y enlarging lens

13. 105mm f4.5 Tomioka Tominon macro lens

14. 90mm f4.5 Elgeet Colorstigmat enlarging lens

15. 105mm f4.5 Vivitar enlarging lens

16. 90mm f4.5 Wollensak Enlarging Raptar enlarging lens

17. 90mm f4.5 Lens Made In Japan (no brand) enlarging lens

18. 90mm f6.3 Perfex Anastigmat enlarging lens

19. 90mm f4.5 Perfex Anastigmat enlarging lens

20. 101mm f4.5 Wollensak Enlarging Raptar enlarging lens

21. 100mm f4.5 Kodak Enlarging Ektar enlarging lens

22. 90mm f4.5 Roussel Trylor enlarging lens

 The Results...Sum of Center and Edge rankings. Lower number is better:


5. 108mm f5.6 Rodenstock LFOV duplication lens (fixed aperture)

5. 86mm f5.6 Tomioka E36C duplication lens (fixed-aperture)

7. 110mm f5.6 Rodenstock Scitex S-2 duplication lens

7. 89mm f5 Rodenstock Scitex S-2 duplication lens

11. 110mm f5 Rodenstock Scitex S-3 duplication lens (fixed aperture)

12. 86mm f4 Tomioka E36 duplication lens

13. 100mm f4.5 Lomo Mikroplanar macro lens

14. 94.1mm f4 Tomioka E66 duplication lens

16. 90mm f4 Tomioka E36 duplication lens
21. 105mm f5.6 Nikon EL-Nikkor enlarging lens

23. 105mm f5.6 Rodenstock Rodagon enlarging lens

24. 90mm f4.5 Elgeet Colorstigmat enlarging lens

25. 110mm f4 Industar N-100-Y enlarging lens

28. 105mm f4.5 Tomioka Tominon macro lens

29. 105mm f4.5 Vivitar enlarging lens

32. 90mm f4.5 Wollensak Enlarging Raptar enlarging lens

34. 90mm f4.5 Lens Made In Japan (no brand) enlarging lens

37. 90mm f4.5 Perfex Anastigmat enlarging lens

39. 101mm f4.5 Wollensak Enlarging Raptar enlarging lens

39. 90mm f6.3 Perfex Anastigmat enlarging lens

41. 100mm f4.5 Kodak Enlarging Ektar enlarging lens

44. 90mm f4.5 Roussel Trylor enlarging lens