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C&H Sales lists Olympus lenses that were originally intended for a microfilm reader, according to the catalog. Of particular interest to the Minoxer are the 26.2 and 41.17 mm focal lengths. The 26.2 produces an easy 8x10 on my Omega D-2, and the 41.17 is good for 4x5s and 5x7s. These lenses appear to be designed to project from a flat film surface to a flat viewing surface at a high degree of magnification -perfect for enlarging tiny negatives. This does mean that the lens can only be installed one way around, and this is not in any way indicated on the barrel. The end with the LARGER element goes toward the FILM - trial and error ;-). You will have to cobble up some kind of lensboard adapter (I made mine from aluminum). The best part is the price, $7.50 US. Disclaimer: I have no interest in C&H except as a customer.

-- K. Dauer (, April 18, 1999


It is a great idea to convert microfilm projector lens into 8x11 enlarger lens.

But what is the address or contact phone number of C&H?

Other sources of 8x11 enlarging lens include:

-- martin tai (, April 24, 1999.

Thanks for the idea of using a microfilm reader lens. I tried a Canon lens B06 (no focal length given, but according to the manual the magnification factor is 41x when used as intended). It is sufficient for making at least 8"x10" enlargements with a tiny Durst 301 enlarger. The lack of aperture settings is a little problem, because the depth of field is almost non-existent and the exposure times are very short.

-- Ari Pesonen (, April 30, 1999.

Ari, 41x from 8x11mm negative will give you about 13x 18", more than sufficient for 8x10". Minox enlarge lens also has no aperture, instead is used at wide open. If exposure time is too short, you may use ND filter to lengthen the exposure time, or use a light bulb of lesser watt.

Depth of field is very shallow, that should not a problem if the lens is threaded and use its barrel to focus intead of a bellow.

You may try to move the easel in addition to moving the lens to focus; there is great depth of field at the easel !

-- martin tai (, April 30, 1999.

I remember reading somewhere that Minox once was also making Microfiche reader.

-- Fred Mason (, April 30, 1999.

Some high quality 35mm camera lens may be used for enlarging Minox 8x11 negatives. For example

For enlarging Minox 35mm negatives, non macro camera lens is not qutie suitable; for example, Zeiss Planar has quite a close focusing range of 45cm or 8x magnification; for 35mm negative, this means at least 8x12" enlargement.

If you want 4x6" or 4x magnification, then it is outside the designed range, and the abberations will not be well corrected.

Hence for 35mm negatives, macro lens is suitable.

-- martin tai (, August 02, 1999.

Why Minox lens be use as an excellent Minox enlarger lens?

Because the magnification range of Minox lens matches closely the magnification range of Minox enlarger, beginning at slightly more than 12 x.

As a matter of fact, 8" 'close focus rnage" is only "close" for people used to 35mm camera. Acutally at about 12 x, Minox camera lens is not a macro lens at all, it is equivalent to a standard 50mm lens with close focusing range of 65cm.

-- martin tai (, August 02, 1999.

In the early 60s, there were all kinds of enlarger lenses for Minox for example
  1. 35mm/ f3.5 Mirar lens for Axomat enlarger
  2. 25mm lens for Beseler,
  3. Rodenstock Trina 20mm /f2.5
  4. Minolta Rokkor 25mm f/2.8
  5. Wollensak 25mm f/3.5
  6. Timble 25mm f/3.5
  7. Goldammer Goldeck 16 camera lens: Color- Ennit 20mm 1:2.8. Aperture from click stop from 2.8 to 16 made by ENNA Munich

I bought the screwmount Goldeck 16 camera Color -Ennit on eBay from a seller from Germany.

-- martin tai (, January 25, 2000.

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