Enlarger

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  1. AaronPerera

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    Hi guys,
    I was thinking of getting an enlarger.Any suggestions on which one that is low-cost and that the parts are easily obtained?Hmm,maybe a MF(6x7) carrier?perhaps a Durst?If I'm missing out something,feel free to add in.Thanks in advance :laugh:
     
  2. AaronPerera

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    Btw,I'm from Malaysia.
     
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    Probably the best all around would be the Beseler 2x3 there are many available and parts are available It is rugged and will last. I would hesitate to recommded the Omega C670 as the focusing mechanism are foam rubber and are falling apart If you can find one that is rebuilt it is also a good enlarger for 6x7 in the low cost range Of course there are may more expensive ones.
     
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    Thanks for your reply rmolson!i will look into it :smile: cheers bro
     
  5. Ian C

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    Have you looked around to see what bands are available in Malaysia? If so, can you tell us which enlargers you’ve seen for sale?

    If you could tell us what brands you’ve seen, users of those brands could offer useful comments. It’s probably not useful to comment on brands that are unknown in your area.

    Have you looked around to see what bands are available in Malaysia? If so, can you tell us which enlargers you’ve seen for sale?

    If you could tell us what brands you’ve seen, users of those brands could offer useful comments. It’s probably not useful to comment on brands that are unknown in your area.

    While enlargers can be purchased and shipped long distance, due to their size and weight and resulting high shipping charges, it’s likely not practical.
     
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    Actually, the C670 only had this problem on the very early ones, they changed the design after the first year or two.
    And yes the Beseler 23C models are a better unit.

    Marty
     
  7. Rick A

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    Just for a heads up, I did a quick check of postage fees to ship an Omega C-700 which is a light weight enlarger that handles up to 6x7 negatives, nearly $400 to ship to your area from the USA. It's best if you can locate what you need in your own area.
     
  8. John Koehrer

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    It might be less $$ to ship if the base board wasn't shipped. It is after all mdf with a vinyl face.
    The 23C is going to be more to ship than the C-700 that Rick refers to.
     
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    I wholeheartedly recommend the Meopta enlargers - built like tanks and amazingly good value. The Magnafax will go up to 6 X 9. But I've no idea how available they are in Malaysia.

    Not many manufacturers are still making enlargers. The second hand market is flooded with them, easy to pick up a bargain... BUT, the crunch comes when you want to buy spares or accessories and find they are not supported any more. All the more reason to look for something popular locally which is well supported and for which you can buy spares and any accessories you need.
     
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    Indeed, a Meopta Magnifax 4A (6x9cm), or Durst M670 (6x7cm), M805 (6x9cm) or Dunco II 67 (6x7cm) or Kienzle (small till very big) or Kaiser (also till 6x9cm), and where the last three (German) brands are still in production. :D

    best regards,


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  11. darkroom_rookie

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    Fujimoto/Lucky 450M-C. Should be easily available in your part of the world. Get the 4x5 mixing box and a 4x5 glass carrier. Also, get the focusing extension arm, and when you do, let me know where you got it!