Kienzle enlargers and equipment (including 4x5")

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  1. Tom Kershaw

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    I'm a De Vere enlarger user but I was intrigued to come across the Kienzle web site again recently, specifically noting the company appears to manufacture a 4x5" model. Is anyone here familiar with the Kienzle products?

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    I've also been curious about Kienzle. I don't know much about them, but I came across the name in a recent issue of one of the photo magazines in an article about one of the major industry shows (maybe it was photokina, can't remember). The article mentioned Kienzle was pretty much the only darkroom equipment manufacturer present aside from Patterson, and certainly the only enlarger manufacturer present. Apparently they also sell parts for Leitz focomat enlargers. Supposedly Kienzle equipment is top grade, but I have no first hand experience. I was particularly interested in their easels, which appear to be a higher quality alternative to whatever is left out there at this point.
     
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    A small, but fine German producer of well manufactured enlargers. And the only one remaining!
    Very solid products.
    And they do repairs on other enlargers.
    And they are very customer friendly by all means.

    And: I haven´t got one so far!
     
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    I wonder how much the C120 "compact" 4x5 model costs and what the full spec is?

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    I do own an 6x9 Kienzle enlarger bought new on the Photokina in 2006. The price for the enlarger was about 1.800 € with the Heiland Splitgrade Controller included.
    Build quality is at top level, very solid, build for a lifetime.
    As far as I can remember the prices in 2006 for the 4x5 inch was around 3000 € (without the splitgrade controller).
    Maybe the do also sell second hand enlarger for a better price.
    But I think the best is to contact Mr Kienzle diretly by mail (kienzle-phototechnik@t-online.de).
    He will give you all the details and prices.

    Best regards,

    Serge
     
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    Assuming these enlargers are of the quality described it is a shame they are not better known in the United Kingdom.

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    I don't think they are well known in the Americas either. Too bad. But in the end as good as they might be they are likely way out of my price range.
     
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    I agree with the other Kienzle customers. Two years ago I bought some spareparts for my Focomat IIC from Kienzle, some directly from the shelf and some custom made. Everything worked out just fine with top quality products and good order on paperwork and freight handling. Ask them about your problems as they seem to have information about more products than listed on their web-page. Just have some patience as e-mail answers may take a day or two, but they will come.

    Karl-Gustaf
     
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    I think I've seen a reference somewhere to Kienzle print washers in addition to the enlargers.

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    I thought Kaiser still build enlargers.
     
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    Yes, I am sorry, I forgot Dunco and Kaiser, still existing!

    But for me Kienzle is the Mercedes Benz of the Enlargers ;-)
     
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    Are Mercedes Benz cars still well made?

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    Not the last one I owned. The EMU packed in and it nearly killed me turning onto a busy dual carriageway.
     
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    Good morning,
    I am an italian photographer and I have used for many years a Kinzle 6x9 (C69) enlarger and now I have bought a kienzle 4x5 (C120) enlarger.
    They are fantastic enlarger.
    The quality of light is wonderful.
     
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    Giampiero,

    Are you able to provide more detail on the enlarger, any photos?

    Tom
     
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    I emailed Keinzle asking for a quote for a 6x9 enlarger with VC head some time ago. I never got a reply.
     
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    I believe that the legendary Leica Focomat IIc was in fact designed or built by Keinzle. Certainly they share plenty of genes and look like identical twins to me. The Kienzle 6x9 A69S is a modern development of the Focomat IIc. Kienzle still make and provide new spares for the Focomat IIc as well as supplying new Schneider Componon lenses adapted to fit the Leica turret mount.

    Charlie
    www.charlie-chan.co.uk
     
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    Send them a reminder. When I were in contact with them , about two years ago, I noticed that it took some time before they answered e-mails. Once contact was established, everything was handled very professionally. I wrote to them in German, but I think English will work just as well. Have patience !

    Karl-Gustaf
     
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    I'm not familiar with that specific product but, I know the company as a top-notch high-quality manufacturer of photographic gear.They also promise to make any spare part you may not get anywhere else.I would go with them if you can afford their services.:cool:
     
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    I was lucky enough to buy a Kienzle Tempomat 912 4"x5" enlarger a few years back. They are built like a tank and command a price accordingly. They have a tranformer/rectifier for controling the current that must weight a good 30lbs by itself. Industrial strenght cabling throughtout. I'm in the process of building my darkroom. Next week I'll do the electricity with my friend, assess my needs then finish the walls. Just can't wait :smile: Kienzle912_1.jpg Kienzle912_2.jpg Kienzle912_3.jpg
     

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