Someone with Enlarger Experience please help

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  1. Shaggysk8

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    Yes excellent but don't pay too much, have alook at Second Hand Darkroom Supplies website, then realize the sell for 2 - 3 times the usual going rate for a second hand enlarger.

    Also look for Durst M600 series, preferably with a colour head, which is great for Variable Contrast papers.

    Ian
     
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    Says it has a mask for 6x6. Are you shooting 6x6, or wider, such as 6x7?
     
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    Hello I will be shooting 645 with my Bronica ETRS
     
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    My preference is a Durst M-601 I used to have one years ago, I think its the perfect machine for your use. The neg carrier has a built in mask for any size up to 6x6cm. It is also one of the best built and sturdy machines around.
    Rick
     
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    Looks like a good deal,just watch your bid does not go to high.
     
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    No older than an M601, I still have one, my first had extremely heavy professional use and was retired for a 2nd re-build. M670's etc are newer & slightly better.

    Ian
     
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    When you say watch my bid does not go to high, what sort of price are you guys thinking? I will also need to get the lens he is selling.

    I have heard Durst are very good, so I think I will keep my eyes open for one.

    Paul
     
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    You should be able to get a complete enlarger with a lens possibly two (50mm & 80mm) for £100-£120, £150 max.

    Ian
     
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    OK thank you, then thats what I will aim for, I don't wanna pay over the odds.

    Thank you again Guys
     
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    Durst M670 is also in my opinion very valid for your choise.
     
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    What about a Durst M800 loads of people have said Durst Durst Durst to me, so I am wondering if there is something in this old Durst thing, having never used one before it does not matter too much I just want a quality enlarger.

    Paul
     
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    The M800 is fine, even better if it has the CLS70 colour head. This model will take up to6x9 negatives.

    Ian
     
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    it is a CLS80 Colour head is that even better?
     
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    Yes it's the correct one :D the M800 enlarger I saw with a CLS70 head was probably mismatched.

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    Ok so last question, what sort of price do you think is reasonable, on ebay it is £325 or best offer.
     
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    Sent PM with far cheaper link.

    Durst M707 colour head, dev tanks, trays, masking frame etc etc just sold for £56, my advice was bid up to £80-£100.

    Ian
     
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    Yeah I read that review, I am so confused, I guess it does not matter to much.
    Thank you Ian, I just sent you a PM back.

    Paul
     
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    Don't jump on the first one you see, and don't get caught up in a bidding war. For £325, you should be able to get a decent 5x4 enlarger (although a Devere 504 is currently at £620 with a day to go).
     
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    you are right about not jumping on something I am just so excited...hahaha
     
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    Not sure why that De Vere is fetching so much, I only paid 20% more for a mint De Vere 5108 (10"x8") enlarger & 4 lenses, but condenser heads are quite rare on modern De Vere's which might be why.

    Durst is the way to go Paul as parts are easily found in the UK, if I was home I'd lend you my spare M601 while you search :smile:

    Ian
     
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    Thank you, I am going with Durst I am just going to wait until the right one comes along.
     
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    I think I told Paul there was one just down the road, that's the one JDC :D Looks good as long as it doesn't go too high.

    Ian