Federal Enlarger

Discussion in 'Enlarging' started by zemzem, Aug 28, 2006.

  1. zemzem

    zemzem Member

    Messages:
    23
    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2006
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    I have a Federal "suitcase" enlarger I'm looking to sell and need some advice. It's in great shape, everything works, has a 120 negative holder, red filter and disassembles and fits into it's case which is also the base for the enlarger. Anyone know how much something like this would be worth? I'd appreciate any info. Thanks.
     
  2. Dave Parker

    Dave Parker Inactive

    Messages:
    4,049
    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2004
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Probably not much, but your best bet is to do some searches on the auction site to see what they have been selling for the last 6 months.

    Dave
     
  3. zemzem

    zemzem Member

    Messages:
    23
    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2006
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    I tried that, but can't find the one I have. Need to try and find a model # I guess. None of the pictures have the "suitcase" like the one I have. So it could be a case of not much + odd duck equipment.
     
  4. Stephanie Brim

    Stephanie Brim Member

    Messages:
    1,607
    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2005
    Location:
    Iowa
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Holy crap...that might be perfect for me. Can you get 35mm negative carriers for the thing? I can't fit a regular enlarger in here...but that's something that I COULD use.

    PM me with info when you get it. I may be very, very interested.
     
  5. DBP

    DBP Member

    Messages:
    1,896
    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2006
    Location:
    Alexandria,
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    My Federal has long had 35mm carriers made from mat board. So you can eaily improvise.
     
  6. Stephanie Brim

    Stephanie Brim Member

    Messages:
    1,607
    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2005
    Location:
    Iowa
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Is it a good enlarger? Does it work like every other enlarger? Do you have to readjust it every time you use it?

    I'm having problems right now because I'm in my grandparents' house and they tell me that I can't have an enlarger ATM because it would take up too much space to store. This would be a perfect solution! :D
     
  7. Jim Jones

    Jim Jones Subscriber

    Messages:
    2,390
    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2006
    Location:
    Rural NW MO
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Stephanie, I could loan you a briefcase 35mm enlarger that was working when I last tried it years ago. I keep the thing in case I ever need to print while on the road. It is a Russian scaled down version of the Federal.
     
  8. ann

    ann Subscriber

    Messages:
    2,920
    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2002
    Shooter:
    35mm
    it is probably not worth more than 25 dollars if that, on the market.

    a lot of us old timers learned to print with federal enlargers, and we had one at the lab that was a favorite of many students. Simple to use.

    Stephanine, it is very basic and works much the same way as anyother enlarger. Not sure i understand you question regarding readjustments. Every negative has to be readjusted for sharpness.
    If you mean adjusting for image size, only if you can image size then you would need to move the condensor up or down and re focus as well.
     
  9. Stephanie Brim

    Stephanie Brim Member

    Messages:
    1,607
    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2005
    Location:
    Iowa
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    I'll see if I can get this one first...the fact that it's a medium format would help me out a lot because I'm also shooting medium format now. I can always fashion a 35mm negative holder.

    And ann, thanks. I wanted to make sure I understood what someone else was talking about when they said readjustments...I was puzzled. Now I'm not. :smile:
     
  10. Bill Mitchell

    Bill Mitchell Member

    Messages:
    527
    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2003
    $10.00. If you deliver it and set it up personally.
     
  11. zemzem

    zemzem Member

    Messages:
    23
    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2006
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    do you have an email where I can send you a picture of it. i'm in seattle, so if you wanted it (depending on where you are) shipping could be more then the thing is worth. it has a medium format holder. last time i fired it up it worked. probably needs a better light bulb in it then what's there now.
     
  12. Stephanie Brim

    Stephanie Brim Member

    Messages:
    1,607
    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2005
    Location:
    Iowa
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    sbrim@mchsi.com

    How heavy is it? Would shipping it ground cost a ton? If it wouldn't, I'd still be interested because it's about the only way I'm ever going to get the okay to have an enlarger anywhere in this house.
     
  13. zemzem

    zemzem Member

    Messages:
    23
    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2006
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    just sent you some pics via my gmail
     
  14. ann

    ann Subscriber

    Messages:
    2,920
    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2002
    Shooter:
    35mm
    usually the heaviest part is the base, just remove it. it can be replace with 3/4 inch ply wood. a bit of sanding, stain, and your ready to mount the strut and start printing