Durst AC 707 Black & White enlarger

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    Hi, everyone
    I am thinking of buying a second hand Durst AC 707 (B&W). It is approx.
    US $200. and in very good nick!
    Could anyone advise me if this is a good enlarger and/or for the price? Are
    there still parts available since Durst closed office?
    Your feedback is most appreciated!!
    thankyou
    Peter:smile:
     
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    Hi Peter,
    I've got the ac color version of the 707. think it's a superb enlarger. don't know where to get some parts. but bought a lensboard from an auctionsite.

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    Thank you very much for your advise Mr ijsbeer. I like your website and B&W photos. I am Dutch myself and was born in Texel - Noord holland. I have been in Australia now for 35 years and love it hear.
    I am an amateur photographer and have gone back to B&W in film using a Leica R 6.2 camera. I am now setting up my new Darkroom. I think I will buy the AC707 as it looks great and has a Top Rodenstock Rodagon lens in it. Are you using your AC707 on a daily basis?
    Van harte bedankt and keep in touch
    cheers
    Peter
     
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    Peter, I own a Durst AC707 B&W and I rate it very highly indeed. All the pictures in my gallery (except for maybe one or two) were printed through my AC. Don't quibble about it, just get it!:smile:
     
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    Thanks Blighty and Yes, I have followed your advice and have bought the AC707 B&W.
    Picking it up this Saturday.
    I am doing some street photography and can't wait to get started in my Darkroom this weekend.
    I must subscribe to APUG, as I can't get into your gallery to view those pics. Do you have a Website?
    Nice talking to your guys.
    Cheers
    Peter A.
     
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    Subcribing is a very good idea and worth every penny (cent?) for the information, inspiration and advice you can glean from these pages! Unfortunately, I don't have a website coz' I'm too cheap and too computer illiterate.:wink:
     
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    I must add that, although the AC is a great bit of kit, I'm also using good enlarging lenses and it would be a good idea to make sure you use one also. Good luck, get subscribing to APUG and let's see some of your work! Regards, B.
     
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    Durst AC 707 B&W

    Dear Blighty,
    Thanks so much again for your advice and support!
    I have been told by the seller that the lens is a Rodenstock Rodagon 50mm f/1.4 and in good condition; Let's hope it's nice and clear and no signs of fungi.
    I am in my 50's and also like you not really up with Computer stuff. That's one of the reasons (small), I am returning to film photography. I own a Dslr Canon 1D mk2 and I use it all the time on my travels, but I really can't get used to Photoshop CS3. To me I find it boring and probably everyone else is doing it!
    I love the look of film, and especially B&W photos.
    So just recently bought a Leica R camera (2nd hand), and just love it. Have already developed 3 films (Ilford Delta 100), but can't print them as yet::sad:
    Next week should get some results.
    :smile:
    How is the weather over there? Here in Australia we are getting into summer, that means hot weather for three months.
    kind regards,
    Peter A.
     
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    Peter,
    The weather in dear ol' Blighty is bloody awful. Dark, wet and tumbling very quickly towards the solstice. Then it's all uphill to spring and summer when it'll be dark,wet...........:smile:
     
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    Hello Blighty,
    Got the AC707 now at home in my darkroom, it came dismanteled in a huge box,
    Took me the whole Saturday to put it all together. I must say it looks very impressive!
    I am waiting for a LPL safelight to arrive, so can't do much work with it as yet; just polishing and looking at it
    Will keep you posted.
    cheers
    Peter