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    Durst L200 - New to Me - Confused

    Just unloaded a new to me Durst L200... without a doubt the most confusing enlarger Iíve ever used. Iím coming from years of use on a Besseler which is childís play compared to this thing.

    Enlarger came relatively complete for 45.

    First things first, the Variocontrol ... the manual doesnít necessarily say which direction the process should follow... enlarger into rear or front of box, second cable to timer from rear or front?

    Also, I was surprised to see this bulb loaded in there...

    Even my rudimentary research found the bulb is more complex.

    Any tips and advice on this machine would be greatly appreciated!


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    Re: Durst L200 - New to Me - Confused

    The bulb envelope is probably not big enough to cover a 4x5 negative. I'd get a G40 bulb, also 150W with a much larger envelope. Should be covered in the Manual. I'm familiar with the 5x7 enlarger, not the 4x5. L

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    Re: Durst L200 - New to Me - Confused

    Quote Originally Posted by Luis-F-S View Post
    The bulb envelope is probably not big enough to cover a 4x5 negative. I'd get a G40 bulb, also 150W with a much larger envelope. Do you have the manual for it? L
    Yes but itís not a very thorough text. It really points out where things are but not necessarily how it all functions or in what order.

    For example, the power supply... it just says plug it in but thereís two identical plugs in the rear and front.


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    Re: Durst L200 - New to Me - Confused

    Quote Originally Posted by Luis-F-S View Post
    The bulb envelope is probably not big enough to cover a 4x5 negative. I'd get a G40 bulb, also 150W with a much larger envelope. Should be covered in the Manual. I'm familiar with the 5x7 enlarger, not the 4x5. L
    I should have added... at this point I canít even get the bulb to turn on. I can hear power running through the Varicontrol power unit.


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    Re: Durst L200 - New to Me - Confused

    Quote Originally Posted by Luis-F-S View Post
    The bulb envelope is probably not big enough to cover a 4x5 negative. I'd get a G40 bulb, also 150W with a much larger envelope. Should be covered in the Manual. I'm familiar with the 5x7 enlarger, not the 4x5. L
    Many 45 enlargers used the 212 bulb. Including Beseler and Omega.

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    Unit being referenced.


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    Re: Durst L200 - New to Me - Confused

    The varicontrol is for a 12v point source bulb. The output voltage is to low for the 212 bulb. The 212 bulb will cover 4x5 if it is positioned properly.

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    Re: Durst L200 - New to Me - Confused

    Quote Originally Posted by quine View Post
    The varicontrol is for a 12v point source bulb. The output voltage is to low for the 212 bulb. The 212 bulb will cover 4x5 if it is positioned properly.
    A friend mentioned I should stick with the 212 bulb and Re-wire to 110V. Enlarger was free and Iím now out of my comfort zone skills wise.


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    Re: Durst L200 - New to Me - Confused

    I have at least four Durst 1200 instruction manuals for different 1200 models and heads. Can you post some pictures of your enlarger as to see what you have. I think the best head for it would be to get the CLS450, but they made 7 or maybe more heads that fit the "1200."

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    Re: Durst L200 - New to Me - Confused

    Quote Originally Posted by ic-racer View Post
    I have at least four Durst 1200 instruction manuals for different 1200 models and heads. Can you post some pictures of your enlarger as to see what you have. I think the best head for it would be to get the CLS450, but they made 7 or maybe more heads that fit the "1200."



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