Any opinions on these enlargers?

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  1. gregmacc

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    Hi folks ... Has anybody had any experience with these? Opinions on suitability for a beginner wanting to do 35mm?:

    Opemus 3 Meopta with El Nikor 2.8 50mm

    LPL C7700MX Colour Enlarger with El Nikor 5.6 80mm

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    The LPL will grow with you. The lens will cover 6x7. Does it have the 35mm negative carrier?
     
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    The LPL is superb! Will allow you to go larger later if you want.
    I have one of these and I love it. Carriers are relatively easy to come by - about $60 on E*** although the Universal carrier is more expensive - $130.

    The last one I saw for sale locally came with a Universal carrier - I like using mine to include the film edge on some of my 35mm images. And I pulled another apart and use it for my 6x9 folder - its dimensions minus the blades are exactly 6x9. I also have a 6x7 and 35mm - it came with all 3 when I purchased so I was very lucky.

    Whichever you go for - make sure you choose a good lens for enlarging. It will make all the difference to the final result. Can't comment on the Nikon - I've got a Rodenstock 50mm f2.8 and a Schneider 105mm f3.5. Both give excellent results - good contrast, and pin sharp when stopped down x2 stops.
     
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    The LPL is what I use and I love it. I bought it new about 12 years ago.
     
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    I have the LPL and I am really happy with it. I have a Rodenstock Rodagon 50mm and 80mm and I use it for 35mm and 6x6, both B/W and color.
     
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    Thanks Nanette, Nick and Kevin ... The LPL comes with 35mm carrier only ... don't know if the 80mm will be OK for 135 ... what about f 5.6? Is that OK? ... Nanette ... Any idea what would be a fair price to pay in Australia? I'll probably need to get a decent 50mm lens as well.
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    Tobster ... Whats the maximum 35mm enlargement possible with the 80mm? .... Or is that just not a good idea?
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    gregmacc, I haven't tried to use the 80mm for 35mm since I have the 50mm. I think the best option would be to get a 50mm lens for 35mm work.
     
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    Not sure where you are located, but my local store in Adelaide had a *Colour* head 6700 for $395 and that included the universal carrier, lenses X2(?) etc. In fact if memory serves me correctly, it was entire darkroom setup for that price. (Trays, magnifier, easel etc.) I've also seen just the enlarger for the same price.....

    They have come down - I paid about $695 8 years ago, but I wouldn't pay that now - they come around fairly regularly in Adelaide, so if you are based there, wait a bit and a good one will surface.
     
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    You wont get as big of an enlargement with the 80 as it acts as a telephoto for 35mm negs. 50mm is standard for 35mm, and the 80 is for 6x4.5, or 6x6cm formats. You, as a rule , use the same lens focal length to enlarge as the standard focal length that the format requires. You can use a wider angle lens for greater enlargements, such as the 50mm with 6x6 negs, or a 25-35mm lens with 35mm film.
    Rick
     
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    Thanks Rick ... sounds like it will need a 50mm lens ... How significant is the speed of the lens? The 80mm it comes with is only f5.6.
    Nanette ... Was that 6700 at Totals?
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    As far as I know, speed is not that important when it comes to enlarger lenses. My 80mm is also f5,6. I usually stop it down to f8 or f11 and adjust the exposure time according to that.
     
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    Speed is not whats important with an enlarger lens, its resolution. Finding the "sweet spot' of a particular lens is what you are looking for. Stopping down two to three stops, or more is going to give you the balance of edge to edge coverage without vignetting, as well as the proper speed for a good exposure. You dont want to only flash the paper for the least amount of time, conversly, you dont want to have to wait forever for the enlargement. Of course, there are variables, such as extending times for dodging, or split filter printing to adjust the contrast. I recommend finding some good books on darkroom techniques, such as any of the Kodak workshop series. I have "Black and White Darkroom Techniques", and I have "Photographic Printing" by Ralph Hattersley. I'm sure there are many others that can be recommended by other members.
    Hope that isnt confusing, and helps.
    Rick
     
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    Oh, I almost forgot-- Dont forget to EXPERIMENT-- thats where all the fun and magic is!
    Rick
     
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    Yes, Totals. I've relocated to Bangkok, but about 4 weeks ago they had one on the shelf - just the enlarger, not the full kit.