Which omega enlarger do I have?

Discussion in 'Darkroom Equipment' started by mikeb_z5, Nov 11, 2004.

  1. mikeb_z5

    mikeb_z5 Member

    Messages:
    217
    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2004
    Shooter:
    4x5 Format
    I won(and picked up) an enlarger last week on ebay and was hoping someone could tell me exactly which enlarger I won ( sounds pretty stupid huh?) the tag on the chassis says omega simmons universal and I can't find any real information on it?

    I am primarily wanting to know about compatibility and parts availability should something break. IS it a d2? d5? or neither?

    BTW, I set up my darkroom last weekend and have been having a blast!

    The auction I won is below. the seller was awesome and gave me a ton of stuff not listed in the auction and said she would send me more via ups! I can't believe I got all this stuff for next to nothing :smile:. All is in perfect condition.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3847849202

    Long live the digital revolution!

    Mike
     
  2. mikeb_z5

    mikeb_z5 Member

    Messages:
    217
    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2004
    Shooter:
    4x5 Format
    oh, the seller mentioned sending me a cold head. What exactly is the difference and why would I want/not want to use that instead of a warm head?
     
  3. Donald Miller

    Donald Miller Member

    Messages:
    6,242
    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2002
    Shooter:
    Large Format
    It appears that you have an Omega D2 with a three lens turret. The cold light head that she mentions is a diffusion light source as opposed to a condensor light source that many of these enlargers had. Ansel Adams printed with a cold light head enlarger almost exclusively. There are sources for repair parts for these Omegas from at least one source that I know.

    Have fun and hope to see some of your prints when you get rolling.


     
  4. Dave Parker

    Dave Parker Inactive

    Messages:
    4,049
    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2004
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    If I remember correctly, Omega/Satter still has parts in stock for this model, this particular type of enlarger was one of their longest selling models in many different configurations, it has been about a year since I looked at one of their catalogs, but if memory serves they still had many parts new in stock for these.

    Dave Parker
    Ground Glass Specialties
     
  5. David A. Goldfarb

    David A. Goldfarb Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Messages:
    17,980
    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2002
    Location:
    Honolulu, Ha
    Shooter:
    Large Format
    I don't think the three lens turret can be used with the D2. The D2 requires extension cones for lenses longer than 105mm and I don't think the turret will fit it. The condensor head also looks more recent than the D2V head, so I'm suspecting this is of more recent vintage--maybe a D5. E-mail Harry Taylor at www.classic-enlargers.com or post to the forum there, and he'll give you the full story. It's also possibly that this is some sort of hybrid, since lots of Omega parts are interchangeable.

    The cold head requires a contrastier neg than the condensor head, but it smooths out grain, dust, and scratches, reducing the need for spotting. I've come to prefer a cold head myself. If it's an old one, you may want to have the tube upgraded to a V54 tube from Aristo (www.aristogrid.com), particularly if you print on VC paper.

    In any case, it looks like you've got a great deal. Enjoy!
     
  6. rogueish

    rogueish Member

    Messages:
    877
    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2004
    Location:
    3rd Rock
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    I have an Omega D2V at home and this model looks a little newer. Looks very similar to the D5's and D6's (right down to the lens turret) Another source for info is www.photografix.com
     
  7. mikeb_z5

    mikeb_z5 Member

    Messages:
    217
    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2004
    Shooter:
    4x5 Format
    The lens turret has 50mm, 100mm and 150mm componon-s lenses mounted in it. no cone was included.

    Thanks for your quick replies!

    Mike
     
  8. Jürgen

    Jürgen Member

    Messages:
    17
    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2004
  9. Jon Shiu

    Jon Shiu Subscriber

    Messages:
    2,814
    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2003
    Location:
    Elk, Califor
    Shooter:
    Plastic Cameras
    Hi, it is called something like D6xl Pro Lab.
     
  10. Zathras

    Zathras Subscriber

    Messages:
    580
    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2004
    Location:
    SF Bay Area
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Hi,

    I believe that you have a D-6. A D-5 does not come standard with the fine focus mechanism that your enlarger has. Remember to remove the lens turret from time to time to clean dust from the rear surfaces of the lenses. If you don't abuse it, it'll last a long time and not need parts. If you need parts, there are still many places to get them from. You also got a great deal! The lenses are worth more than you paid for the whole thing.

    Mike