Help with D5 Dichroic !!!

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  1. David Brown

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    I just acquired a D5 xl dichroic (from another APUGER). Great! There's a 6x7 mixing chamber (D-B) available, but I want to be sure that the one in the head I have is the 4X5 (D-D). I can see that the top of the lamphouse opens up, but is there an easy way to get to the mixing chamber?

    I don't have a manual yet, and this opportunity (auction) is passing this evening! :surprised:

    Of course, if the bidding doesn't go too high, I''l buy it on spec ...

    Thanks for any help!

    David

    PS: Anybody have a mounting collar for the column? This machine came sans baseboard.
     
  2. Neal

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    Dear David,

    If it's like the D2, the door is on the left front of the enlarger. The door lifts and then pulls out from the bottom. Personally, I wouldn't spend the money on a 6x7 mixing chamber. I leave the 4x5 one in on my D2 all the time.

    Neal Wydra
     
  3. David Brown

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    Neal:

    That is so amazingly simple, and, of course, correct!!!

    A prior owner had put black tape on every possible seam. Once I remove the tape from some places, things become easier to figure out (and to open). :wink:

    I agree with you about leaving the 4x5 in all of the time. However, my largest negs are 6x6 (at this time). So, if I can get this box cheap, I'll leave it in "all the time", (should shorten exposure times) until such point as I've acquired a view camera. (We all know it's coming, don't we ...) :wink:

    Thanks so much!

    David
     
  4. L Gebhardt

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    I am not sure you will find the smaller box is needed. I print 4x5, 6x7, and 35mm with the 4x5 mixing box. Even the 35mm at 11x14 is not to long. Try it before you add another variable into your life.
     
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    David,
    Just fyi, it has the 4x5 mixer installed :wink:
     
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    Dear David,

    You are very welcome. I think you will enjoy that enlarger.

    Neal Wydra
     
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    David, I think you will enjoy working with the D5. I purchased one brand new in 1980 and used it every day commercially until my retirement. Never a bit of trouble.

    An excellent source for answers to your questions as well as for spare parts is:

    http://www.classic-enlargers.com/
     
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    The box for 6x7 will get you 1 stop. Not worth it in my opinion. I have both.

    If the foan inside is old and yellow, either paint it of buy a liner kit which has new foam, maybe some other parts. Ain`t cheap tho.
     
  9. David Brown

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    Thanks, everyone. We can put this thread to bed. The auction is over, so this is all academic.

    I figured I would easily be outbid, but no! :surprised: I got the thing cheap, so if it's useful, fine. If not, no big deal.

    Cheers, y'all.

    David
     
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    That's interesting- Do you think I could print 6x7 negs in a Beseler MXT Dichro S with just a 4x5 mixing chamber?