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    Model name of your large format enlarger please

    What ho
    I haven't got a large format enlarger, I want a large format enlarger.
    I know most of the companies that make enlargers, past and present, but when it comes to the model names and negative formats that they can achieve then I am not so sure.
    So when I am trawling eBay, and the like, it can sometimes take time to work out if that Durst can get me to 5x4 or not. So if you could list your favourite large format enlarger and the neg formats that they can achieve I would be greatful, also tell me why you like so it much.... I'll start with the one I do know:

    De Vere 504 35mm to 5x4....or did it go to 5x7 ? See this is why I need your help!
    Ta Andy
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    Re: Model name of your large format enlarger please

    I have an LPL 4500 II, which is a 4x5 enlarger.

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    Re: Model name of your large format enlarger please

    De Vere 515 11 x 14 - possibly one of the best enlargers on the planet...
    Durst 8x10 with CLS 2000 head.. almost as nice.

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    Re: Model name of your large format enlarger please

    My Durst model 138 does everything I ask of it.
    I don't actually have a favorite, they all have their good and bad points.

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    Re: Model name of your large format enlarger please

    Beseler 4x5 MXT and 4x5 V-XL I finally got rid of the two old Omegas and now have four Beselers (my oldest 4x5 MCRX was $99 and I mounted it to the wall upside down). It’s nice when all the carriers and lens boards are interchangeable. With a little handiwork many of these can be modified with larger light sources to go 5x7 or 8x10 but that’s a project. I’m sure there are posts about that on this forum.

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    Re: Model name of your large format enlarger please

    durst 138s, tall and sturdy, I need it for 5x7...

    That said, I have extensively used LPL 4500s though and found them
    very nice for 4x5 and smaller

    -Tim

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    Re: Model name of your large format enlarger please

    Beseler 45 MXT. Does........ well....... 4x5.

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    Re: Model name of your large format enlarger please

    My DeJUR Versatile Professional model was made by DeJUR-Ansco in America perhaps 70 years ago. It is versatile and sturdy, but not common in America and probably rarer in England. It appears to be designed for 4x5 negatives and nothing larger. I've improvised a 35mm adaptor for it, which involved a deeply recessed lens board and a spacer between the negative carrier and lamp housing.

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    Re: Model name of your large format enlarger please

    Omega D2v. It is 4x5 and works for me. I really would like an 8x10 enlarger though! Maybe the DeVere 5108, which takes up less height than the Durst 184. The DeVere will fit in my darkroom with the eight foot ceiling.

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    Re: Model name of your large format enlarger please

    fotar 10x10
    Fotar also made 4x5 enlargers.
    Omega d-2 4x5 and smaller.

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