Omega B 8 OR B 22

Discussion in 'Enlarging' started by Stephen J. Collier, Jun 14, 2004.

  1. Stephen J. Collier

    Stephen J. Collier Member

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    Does anyone have any experience with the Omega B 8 or the B 22? I have the opportunity to get them for under $100 so I am looking for a little assurance or warnings. Well, thanks for your time.
     
  2. ann

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    We have a B22 in the lab, and i have several students with them as well. We have had no problems with them and they are well built. Under 100, does that include negative carrier? Sounds like a good buy, especially if you know you will only be doing 35mm or up to 2 2/4.
     
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    Harry is an expert with Omega enlargers, and his web site at Classic-Enlargers.com is a good resource on Omega enlarger questions, parts, and repairs.

    As I recall, Harry thinks well of the B-8. As I recall, he has mentioned that the B-8 was a very expensive enlarger to make, whereas the B-22 is less expensive.

    If I had to make the choice, it'd be the B-8.

    -- Bill
     
  4. Alex Hawley

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    I have a B8. Its a fine little enlarger. I can't think of anything on it I didn't like, nor did I ever think it was lacking in any respect. The only reason I don't use too much anymore is because I went to Large Format.

    Last year, when I was thinking of selling it (which I talked myself out of) I did a price survey to get an idea of what it might be worth. If its in good shape, $100 is a heck of a deal.