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In 2021 the Digital Enlarger Lens Test Archive outgrew its original home at 16-9.net – and its remit. It continues to expand, and is now the most wide-ranging resource for film-makers and photographers seeking and using enlarger, projector, macro, repro, process and cine lenses to create digital work. Spanning 130 years, Delta is a catalgoue of over 3,000 universally-adaptable lenses, including hundreds of unique reviews and articles.

The quick-browse catalogue below orders every lens by manufacturer and can be filtered by category or other keyword. 

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agfa_agomar-85-3.5

Agfa Agomar 85/3.5
Slide projector lens fitted to Agfa Opticus 100.

85

3.5

Fixed

53mm barrel

N/A

Placeholder

Agfa Agomar 90/2.4
Slide projector lens. Silver body AKA Reflecta Agomar, Braun Ultralit. Multicoated. Awarded 3/5 for image quality by Chasseur d’Images magazine.

90

2.4

2.4

Fixed

4

None

N/A

Placeholder

Agfa Agomar 90/2.8
Slide projector lens AKA Wetzlar, and Reflecta Agomar Multicoated.

90

2.8

2.8

Fixed

3

59.0%

63.5%

42.5mm barrel

43

23

Placeholder

Agfa Color-Agolar 250/4.5
Slide projector lens. Black body

250

4.5

4.5

Fixed

None

N/A

c.1980

Placeholder

Agfa Color-Agolar 60/2.8
Slide projector lens. Black body

60

2.8

2.8

Fixed

3

None

N/A

c.1980

Placeholder

Agfa Color-Agolar 85/2.8
Slide projector lens. Black body

85

2.8

2.8

Fixed

3

None

N/A

c.1980

agfa-color-agolon90-c

Agfa Color-Agolon 90/2.5
35mm slide projector lens fitted to Agfacolor 250. Metal body. Black plastic nose. Made in Germany.

90

2.5

2.5

Fixed

52mm barrel

N/A

75

55

agfa-color-agomar-45b

Agfa Color-Agomar 45/2.8
Black plastic-barrel lens marked Color-Agomar fitted to Agfa Pocket 35mm slide projector.

45

2.8

2.8

Fixed

None

N/A

agfa-magnolar-105-v1

Agfa Magnolar 105/4.5 [V1]
Enlarger lens fitted to Agfa Varioscop. Version 1 with lower-case lettering (pre-c.1957) seems to be rebadged Tessar (4-element) Solinar-S.

105

4.5

22

Circular

4 / 3

39×0.5

35×0.5

1950s

magnolar-105-c

Agfa Color-Magnolar 105/4.5
Heliar lens made by/with Steinheil. Fitted to Agfa Varioscop enlargers. Silver body, black nose. Optically identical to Agfa Magnolar [V2].

105

4.5

22

Circular

5 / 3

39×0.5

35×0.5

c.1964-c.1970

371671, 382550

agfa-105-4.8a

Agfa Color-Magnolar 105.8/4.5
Enlarger lens.

105

4.5

22

M.2488F

agfa-magnolar-60-v1b

Agfa Magnolar 60/4.5 [V1]
Early serials of this enlarger lens (eg, VO1006) are pre-1961 Tessar designs AKA Agfa Solinar-S 60/4.5.

60

4.5

22

Circular

4 / 3

86.5%

27.4×0.5

22×0.5

1950s

VO1006

agfa_color_magnolar60c

Agfa Color-Magnolar 60/4.5
Heliar lens made by/with Steinheil. Fitted to Agfa Varioscop enlargers. Silver body, black nose. All upper-case lettering indicates five-element version identical to Agfa Magnolar [V2].

60

4.5

22

Circular 10

5 / 3

27.4×0.5

22×0.5

c.1964-c.1970

V04202, V14243

Placeholder

Agfa Color-Magnolar 75/4.5
Fitted to Agfa Varioscop enlarger.

75

4.5

4.5

Fixed

5 / 3

1980s

V05492

agfa_color_magnolar2_105

Agfa Color-Magnolar II 105/4.5
Upgraded version of the Steinheil-made Color-Magnolar fitted to Agfa Varioscop enlargers. Heliar construction, improved coatings.

105

4.5

22

Circular

5 / 3

71

91

39×0.5

N/A

c.1970-1978

V03089, V06594

Agfa Color-Magnolar II 60/4.5
Upgraded version of the Steinheil-made Color-Magnolar fitted to Agfa Varioscop enlargers. Heliar construction, improved coatings.

60

4.5

22

Circular 10

5 / 3

27.4×0.5

N/A

c.1970-1978

V03468, V09135

Agfa Color-Solagon-D 60/4.5
Rare six-element enlarger lens from Agfa’s premier Color-Solagon line. Silver metal body, black fascia ring.

60

4.5

22

Circular

6 / 4

39×0.5

c.1958-1980

M2371

Agfa Color-Solagon DI 70/4.5
Premier six-element ‘C-Series’ lens fitted to various industrial Agfa imaging devices, including enlargers. Probably rare earth glass. Perhaps made by/with Steinheil.

70

4.5

22

Circular

6 / 4

90.1%

88.0%

39×0.5

78.6

58.6

C1066, C2714

c.1958-1980

Agfa Color-Solagon DII 60/4.5
Six-element premier ‘E-Series’ lens fitted to the Agfa Recording Camera and other industrial imaging systems, including enlargers. Rare-earth glass. Some versions labeled Solagon only.

60

4.5

22

Circular

6 / 4

27.4×0.5

23×0.5

E0801, E3306

c.1958-1980

Agfa Color-Solagon DII 80/4.5
Six element premium ‘B-Series’ fitted to various industrial imaging devices, including enlargers. No aperture markings. Fine-pitch (0.5mm) thread. Probably rare-earth glass made by/with Steinheil.

80

4.5

22

Circular

6 / 4

78.0%

39×0.5

35×0.5

87

67

B1154, B2349

c.1958-1980

Agfa Color-Solagon DII 90/4.5
Premum lens fitted to industrial imagers, including enlargers. Aperture markings on reverse. Probably rare-earth glass. Early serials have black nose; later models all-silver.

90

4.5

16

Circular 15

6 / 4

42×0.5

01139, 01201

c.1975-1983

Agfa Colostar 150/4.5
German enlarger lens. Silver metal body with long thread. Commonly mis-spelt ‘Colorstar’.

150

4.5

22

Circular

5 / 3

M45

46.5×0.5

583-787

c.1975-1983

agfa_colostar_n_100-c

Agfa Colostar N 100/4.5
‘F-Series’ Heliar lens fitted to Colormator rollhead printers, Variograd belt copying machines and other Agfa industrial imagers. Optimised for 3.5x magnification. Low serial, all silver versions have same tooling/casing as Steinheil enlarger lenses. High serial versions have large black aperture rings. Commonly mis-spelt ‘Colorstar’. No aperture markings.

100

4.5

22

Circular

5 / 3

39×0.5

F0257, F3382

c.1958-1980

agfs-colostar-n-105a

Agfa Colostar N 105/4.5
‘F-Series’ Heliar lens fitted to Colormator rollhead printers, Variograd belt copying machines and other Agfa industrial imagers. Optimised for 3.5x magnification. Commonly seen fitted with varying strength close-up adaptors. Post-Steinheil all-black versions only. Commonly mis-spelt ‘Colorstar’. No aperture markings.

105

4.5

16

Circular

5 / 3

39×0.5

F0063, F3692

c.1958-1980

agfa_colostar_n_110

Agfa Colostar N 110/4.5
‘F-Series’ Heliar lens fitted to Colormator rollhead printers, Variograd belt copying machines and other Agfa industrial imagers. Optimised for 3.5x magnification. Low serial, all silver versions have same tooling/casing as Steinheil enlarger lenses. High serial versions have large black aperture rings. Commonly mis-spelt ‘Colorstar’. No aperture markings.

110

4.5

16

Circular

5 / 3

39×0.5

F1040, F5503

c.1958-1980

agfa_colostar-130a

Agfa Colostar N 130/4.5
Late model six element lens fitted to Agfa industrial imaging systems such as Variograd and Colormator.

130

4.5

22

Circular

5 / 3

c.1975-1983

agfa-colostar-38d

Agfa Colostar N 38/4.5
Heliar lens fitted to Colormator rollhead printers, Variograd belt copying machines and other Agfa industrial imagers. Optimised for 3.5x magnification. Same tooling/casing as Steinheil enlarger lenses. Commonly mis-spelt ‘Colorstar’.

38

4.5

16

Circular

5 / 3

27.4×0.5

22×0.5

000043-000060

c.1958-1980

Agfa Colostar N 42/4.5
Heliar ‘M-Series’ lens marked ‘M.3210 3/2’ fitted to Agfa industrial imagers such as Colormator rollhead printers, Variograd belt copying machines and Labomator systems. Optimised for 3.5x magnification. All-black versions perhaps post-Steinheil production. Commonly mis-spelt ‘Colorstar’.

42

4.5

4.5

Fixed

5 / 3

27.4×0.5

N/A

M.3210

c.1958-1980

colostar-n-47a

Agfa Colostar N 47/4.5
Heliar lens fitted to Colormator rollhead printers, Variograd belt copying machines and other Agfa industrial imagers. Optimised for 3.5x magnification. All-black versions may be post-Steinheil production. Commonly mis-spelt ‘Colorstar’.

47

4.5

16

Circular

5 / 3

27.4×0.5

22×0.5

00659

c.1958-1980

colostar-n-57a

Agfa Colostar N 57/4.5
Heliar lens fitted to Colormator rollhead printers, Variograd belt copying machines and other Agfa industrial imagers. Optimised for 3.5x magnification. All silver versions have same tooling/casing as Steinheil enlarger lenses. Later versions all black. Commonly mis-spelt ‘Colorstar’.

57

4.5

16

Circular

5 / 3

27.4×0.5

00198

c.1958-1980

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