What’s in a Name?

Frequently, confusion. As if we didn’t have enough trouble cataloguing lenses with names like Nooky and Veginar, (thanks Leica and Kodak), Delta-world is far from the semantic ideal of one name for one thing. Major changes to a lens design sometimes go unflagged, while other, outwardly dissimilar lenses are optically identical. In many cases we …

Focal Length

Delta lists many lenses, at many focal lengths – ranging from 7-700mm. But not all focal lengths are viable for all applications. First, there’s a broad correlation between focal length and image circle: the 43mm diameter light-puddle needed to illuminate a full-frame sensor at infinity focus is usually not created by enlarger lenses – and …

Enlarger Lens FAQs

Here are a few soundbites in response to FAQs unasked: • What’s the best enlarger lens for general taking at sub-1m distance?Of the growing number of lenses thus far tested outstanding results have (unsurprisingly) been recorded by the most expensive lenses. However, several lenses with market values of around £100 have achieved an elite 90%+ …

Enlarger Lenses: Choosing & Using

Some oddballs get a buzz deploying stuff intended for Job A on ‘Mission X’. To them, the common man’s planetary gear is a can-opener, coat-hook or toast-slice-holder. In their homes lamps are recycled teapots, whisky jars and welded-together-cutlery. Their toilet-roll holders are made of copper plumbing. The concept of shooting with a Sony-mount lens on …

How to use Delta

The 2022 edition was made possible with the assistance of Mr.Cad – Europe’s largest dealer of used cameras. For all things analogue film photographic, get in touch with Alex Falks, whose “time in the business began roughly when Elvis joined the army”. Mr.Cad carries permanent stock of enlarger lenses and offers knowledgeable and approachable service. We …