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  1. doitashimashite

    doitashimashite Member

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    I can buy a Durst 601 enlanger with Schneider componon 50 mm for $25.
    Does this set do right to my Leica IIIf, Konica Hexar and Rollei 6x6 negatives, or should I look further for a higher end set?
     
  2. David H. Bebbington

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    For $25, go for it!

    The 601 is an entirely satisfactory mid-range enlarger, the Componon is a professional-quality 6-element lens (as I recall the earlier model to the Componon-S), it may have a little less contrast than a modern lens but if in good condition should be fine. I believe the 601 comes only with a filter drawer, no multigrade or color head, so you will need a set of filters (either for the filter drawer or below the lens), which will be an additional cost but probably not so much - you will of course also need an 80 mm lens for your 6x6 negs.

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    If it has everything you need to use it (like negative carriers for 35mm and 120 format) and works okay, for $25, I'd grab it right off! Most of the Dursts are well built and fine machines. Be aware that some of the Durst lensboards are only 25 mm thread and finding a lens to fit that size can be a challenge, unless you want something used. 39 mm thread size boards is what you want.
     
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    If you need filters, wait until early next year and purchase a box of 8x10 Ilford paper with the multigrade filters attached, it's one of their promotional things.

    Mick.
     
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    I have a 601 with color and condenser heads, I only use my Durst for color work as I use an Omega for black and white. I took the lens board off and had it drilled for a standard 39mm lens thread. For $25 it is a steal.
     
  6. doitashimashite

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    Thanks everyone. I asked the seller, and indeed, it has the 39 mm thread size board, so I will go for it!

    Thanks Mick, for the tip on the Ilford filters promotional. I will keep that in mind!