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    Re: 8x10 Enlarger?

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ID:	117538Absolutely, you can make an 8 x 10 enlarger out of this but you don't need to use the stand. It might not be steady enough anyway for fine focusing. I converted my Kodak 2D 8 x 10 into a horizontal enlarger and it works great. I made a little table base that projects out from my darkroom counter with a drop down front. Get a cold light head (push it up against the ground glass, cut the septum out of an old wooden film holder to use as your negative holder, and you're good to go. I primiarly use a 300 MM Rodenstock lens for most of my work but also have a 240 MM Nikor when I need to blow things up and regularily enlarge up to 16 x 20. Note that too large of a lens will put the enlarger too far away from your focusing board/easel and make sharp focusing real difficult. You won't be able to look through your focusing scope and reach the enlarger to adjust it at the same time.

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    Re: 8x10 Enlarger?

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ID:	117538Absolutely, you can make an 8 x 10 enlarger out of this but you don't need to use the stand. It might not be steady enough anyway for fine focusing. I converted my Kodak 2D 8 x 10 into a horizontal enlarger and it works great. I made a little table base that projects out from my darkroom counter with a drop down front. Get a cold light head (push it up against the ground glass, cut the septum out of an old wooden film holder to use as your negative holder, and you're good to go. I primiarly use a 300 MM Rodenstock lens for most of my work but also have a 240 MM Nikor when I need to blow things up and regularily enlarge up to 16 x 20. Note that too large of a lens will put the enlarger too far away from your focusing board/easel and make sharp focusing real difficult. You won't be able to look through your focusing scope and reach the enlarger to adjust it at the same time.
    Appreciate the info Dan.

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    Re: 8x10 Enlarger?

    Any things possible. But do you want to go through the expense.
    You need negative carriers a light source. All you have are the bellows.
    You should find and old elwood or something and build your light box and
    filter drawers.

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    Re: 8x10 Enlarger?

    Sure you could do it. But it would be more odd and cute than functional. And by the time you did make it functional, it wouldn't be cute anymore.

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    Re: 8x10 Enlarger?

    Cute probably doesn't matter in Palmer Alaska

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    Re: 8x10 Enlarger?

    For what it's worth, my "Kodak 2D enlarger" is very functional. It has all the movements that any enlarger has and the camera has no modifictions to it that prevent it from being also used as a camera. The only thing I did was remove the ground glass back on the camera. Once I found the cold light head, it was very simple to construct the rest out of supplies I had laying around in the garage, so the price was "very right". It also has the added benefit of folding up and storing in the closet so it doesn't take up permanent space in the darkroom.

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    Re: 8x10 Enlarger?

    [QUOTE=Dan Dozer; It also has the added benefit of folding up and storing in the closet so it doesn't take up permanent space in the darkroom.[/QUOTE]

    That last line makes it most appealing as I have no place in my darkroom for a big 8X10 "Crane". And recent threads discuss the use of led light boxes rather than an expensive cold light head.

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    Re: 8x10 Enlarger?

    I was recently informed about Ansel Adams enlarger.
    I took an old 8X10 elwood enlarger built a metal head
    and filter drawer consisting of eight 250 watt enlarger
    bulbs incandescent type. I placed four in the center and
    four around the corners. the ones around the corners were
    placed closer to the 1 inch heat absorbing glass. I was making
    11X14 oversized contact sheets from 35mm. film. 7X5 frames
    35 expourses fit 8X10 carrier. All images were from movie scenes.
    This allowed even exposure no burning in the corners. 240 mm.
    lens stopped down 2 to 3 stops @ 5 to 7 sec. CP filters in the drawer
    and cc filter under lens. It worked very well since they were ordering
    5 contacts each. I gave them the idea instead of regular contact sheets.

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