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    Which enlarger?

    Hello,
    I`am looking for some high quality enlarger, for something around 1200$ and I think about Beseler http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...5700&is=REG&Q= what do You think?
    I want develop 35mm, and 6x7, but most 35mm;]

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    Re: Which enlarger?

    I don't know your location...But I see a lot of used darkroom gear CHEAP on craigslist, & the local newspaper...Could leave you more $ for film, travel...Seems that real photography is not as popular is it once was.
    I guess that computer stuff might catch on afterall.

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    Re: Which enlarger?

    I`am from Poland, but i`ll order it via DHL, but i don`t know which i should buy.

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    Re: Which enlarger?

    Can you find used Durst enlargers in Poland? I'd look into them if you can find them there.

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    Re: Which enlarger?

    but Beseler would`t be better choice than Durst?;]

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    Re: Which enlarger?

    Durst has tighter tolerances and needs very little calibration. The Beseler 23C series is famous for going out of alignment easily. They are easy to re-align, but that can be tiresome. More people in the US have Beseler and Omegas because they are made here, parts are more available and are less expensive.

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    Re: Which enlarger?

    My favorite enlargers are my Omega Condensor with glass carriers.
    love them, easy to use, easy to align, easy to split filter with, simple 213 bulb for light,easy to bracket to wall mount and use a drop table and securing the top with braces.
    Second choice would be Devere with focusing knobs on front. I have a 11x14 mint one which is a dream to use for negatives 4x5 or larger, but the 4x5 Devere works exactly the same.
    next would be a Durst Enlarger, then followed by Bessler. I have all of these and rate them in this order.
    I prefer condensor to diffusion enlarger but not a deal breaker.
    Put all your money into good glass, I use Apo Rodagons and am very happy, my favorite lens is the APO 90mm for medium format work over an 80mm by far. The Apo 150 for 4x5 work is outstanding as well.

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    Re: Which enlarger?

    I want buy vario contrast head. OK, so if i will develop only 35mm, and 6x7, what focal length lens should i buy?;]

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    Re: Which enlarger?

    You can get this same enlarger on eBay for much less.
    When I grow up, I want to be a photographer.

    http://www.walterpcalahan.com/Photography/index.html

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    Re: Which enlarger?

    How about Meopta? I've never used one (I use an Omega D6) but I know they're from the Czech Republic, and are very popular in Britain and Europe. I have a Beseler too, but prefer my Omega -- easier to align, and built like a tank. As for size, I think you should always go larger than you need right now. Most people I know who have bought an Omega C moved up to a D within a year or two. The large format bug could bite you at any time!

    Dan

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