Omega b600 manual

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  1. Sepia Hawk

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    Hello,
    I've recently bought a nice Omega b600 enlarger. I've done my share of darkroom work in the past, so I don't need a manual for the basics, but I would still like to have one for some advanced features etc. The person I bought the enlarger from told me I could find the manual as a .pdf file online, but the website where it was hosted is dead. Would anyone be willing to share their manual copy with me? I know I can buy it from KHB Photographix or other places, but I'd rather spend my money on chemicals or film. Besides, I don't quite like the idea pf paying for something that every manufacturer and seller should be (and many are) offering for free as an online file.
     
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    I am not trying to dump on you, but a B600 is a pretty fixed options but competent basic monochrome condenser enlarger.

    Don't go looking for options it does not have.

    I had one that I mostly used as a flashing light source before I sold it off to Shelly Anne, with some other gear to get her going as few years back.

    I don't recall it had any option to swing the negative stage, and that is ususally the first 'advanced' option. I don't think it had any option to optimize the condenser settings to make it brighter for 35mm vs lighting all of the 2.25 square area.

    I seem to recall mine only had a 35mm carrier.

    I think a medium format line of neg carriers was available. I print all sorts of obscure formats from time to time, and tend to make my own carriers out of mounting and matte board and glue and tape. If a carrier thus made starts to were out I know it is time to seek a commercially made variant.

    I hope this helps.
     
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    Thank you Red Tractors and Mike.
    Yes, I know it is limited. Having said that, I'm quite lucky, because I got it with two lenses - 50mm and 75mm - and two negative carriers, 35mm and 6x6. The person I bought it from also included original box and a set of special effect filters. The larger lens is Nikkor, so I assume it is quite decent.
    Yes, I was wondering about adjusting the light etc.
     
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    Sepia,

    I think you have it covered, Omega B-series enlargers will handle 35mm and 6X6. If it's like my C-700 it has a fixed lens board you thread into.

    I think it has a filter drawer. Other than that it's just a fixed bulb simple condenser enlarger. There are probably kits to fit the column with a C-760 color head.
     
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    I have a couple of spare sets of Ilford,and also Kodak if my memory serves as correct, VC filters in my surplus gear in the garage attic. Some are in NIB shape.

    I cannot recall if they are for below or above the lens use. Let me know by PM if you need VC filters.

    I think I have a new spare bulb to suit that model as well, lurking in the back of a darkroom drawer. Keeping a spare bulb is good, and use it dedicated to RA-4 printing, if you go down that part with this rig.