Bulk loader & Durst M605

Discussion in 'Darkroom Equipment' started by SadowskiPL, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. SadowskiPL

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    I used many years ago the Lloyd loader, its works, and have heard others say the Bobinquick is really good. Myself, i like and use the Watson loader and like them the best. Durst enlargers, for the most part, are all fairly good.
     
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    The Lloyd loader has a felt light-trap, which can introduce scratches if it's dirty. I'm not familiar with the Bobinquick loader, I don't know what it uses.
    The Watson loader Fotch referred to uses a mechanical light trap, and nothing touches the film when you are spooling it into the cassette.

    The M605 only does 35 and 6x6, however, it is a nice enlarger if you're working with those formats. It is compact, and easy to take down/set up if you don't have a permanent space. I do everyting on a 4x5 but I keep my M605 in the closet "just in case".
     
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    I have at least 1/2 dozen of the Lloyd's loaders. Yes, they use a felt light trap. No, they don't scratch film. Never had it happen yet and I've been using at least one of them for 40 years. A bit of very low tack painters masking tape takes care of any grit that MIGHT get caught in the felt. The Watson loader uses a light trap similar to that used in the Alden 74 loader. I have a few of those too. They're ok, but I like the Lloyd's best. If you're careful with the Lloyd's you can get away with very little waste lost to fogged leaders and trailers.
     
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    I don't recall any scratch problems with the Lloyd but I guess it could happen. As far as losing frames, you can start and end the process with the lights out or in a changing bag. If your using really high quality film, each frame you save is worth a nickel, I think you can save maybe 2?