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    What was the first Japanese enlarger made? Are the camera clubs still around and are theyt still using film or have they gone digital for the most part? I wrote a paper on Japanese camera clubs in the early '70's when my photo teacher was finishing a Dye Transfer portfolio called "Shinto in Transition". I lived there for a while near Nagasaki; wonderful place, wonderful people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curt
    What was the first Japanese enlarger made? Are the camera clubs still around and are theyt still using film or have they gone digital for the most part? I wrote a paper on Japanese camera clubs in the early '70's when my photo teacher was finishing a Dye Transfer portfolio called "Shinto in Transition". I lived there for a while near Nagasaki; wonderful place, wonderful people.
    I don't know what the first Japanese enlarger was. Fuji type B enlarger that came out in 1951 was and still is very popular, but it's not the first Japanese enlarger. It looks like a Leitz copy, but I heard the quality is not anywhere near the original.

    The following link is in Japanese:

    http://www.fujifilm.co.jp/history/dai2-09.html

    I'm not really aware of camera clubs that are so visible online other than the ones listed here:

    Again the following link is in Japanese:

    http://www.tokyo-photo.net/

    I've read some articles and posts in Japanese sites that say when the Japanese people seek information about photography, soon or later they will have to look for the English literature for it. So, after reaching a certain level, there's no much that they can do with what they have in their own language.

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    What about the BOGEN, Vivitar, Minolta, Nikon, Rollei enlargers?
    Mama took my APX away.....

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    got "Lucky"?

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    In the past week I've acquired and (now) used my first enlarger. Prior to that I made the occasional print on an enlarger at work and years ago at high school.

    It's a Gnome Alpha Deluxe -- for everything from 6x9 to 35mm -- and has a Wray Supar 3 1/4" f4.5 triplet lens.

    I believe they are British made and, I think, made some time in the 1950s. As far as I know the lens is original.

    The first few prints I've made look fine -- not as good as on the DeVere at work which has a top-flight lens -- but really not bad at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by titrisol
    What about the BOGEN, Vivitar, Minolta, Nikon, Rollei enlargers?
    Do you know their model numbers, types, etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DBP
    According to Minicam Magazine Vol 10, No. 12 (Sep 1947), these were the generally available enlargers:

    BACO - MF up to 6x9 condenser
    Curtis Color Film Enlarging Printer - for making 4x5 separation negatives from 35mm
    De Jur Versatile Model I - MF up to 6x9 condenser
    De Jur Versatile Model I - up to 3 1/4 square condenser
    De Jur Professional - 4x5 condenser
    Kodak Portable Miniature - 35mm and bantam condenser
    Kodak Precision Enlarger A - 6x9 condenser
    Kodak Precision Enlarger B - 4x5 1/2 diffusion
    Eastman Autofocus Model D - 5x7 diffusion
    Elwood A M Miniature - 6x9 condensing
    Elwood B M Miniature - 35mm to 1 7/8 x 2 1/4 condensing
    Elwood 5x7 Autofocus
    Elwood SP-2 Special 5x7
    Elwood Studio 5x7
    Federal Models 312, 314, 315 - 6x9 condensing except 312, where it was an option
    Federal Model 450 - 4x5
    Leitz Focomat I-B
    Keyzer cold light - 4x5
    Marful Model 44 direct positive - enlarges copies from prints up to 4x5 to direct positives
    National Cold Light Model G-33 - 4x5
    Omega D-II
    Peco 1a and 1b - 6x9 diffuser (1a) or condenser (1b)
    Printex 4x5 - condenser
    Saltzman 30W, 30WA, 30WR - 5x7 except 30WA 8x10
    Skyview model DGE - 4x5 condenser
    Solar Model 120 - 6x9 condenser
    Solar Model 57 - 5x7 diffusion
    Solar Model 45C - 4x5 condenser
    Solar Autofocus - 6x9 condenser
    Sunray Model D Arnold - 6x9 condenser
    Sunray Model 45 Mastercraft - 4x5

    I may have another reference from the 60's somwhere.
    Wonderful!!! Thanks for the post and the labor for it.

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    Finally found my 1966 Photography Directory & Buying Guide. There are a lot more here, so I think I will just list manufacturers and models.

    Here goes:

    Agfa Gaveart
    Varioscop 60
    Varioscop 35/44

    Ansco Enlarger Printer

    Baco 41

    Beseler
    23 C-II
    45 M
    45 M-X
    45 MB
    45 MB-X
    45 MCR-X
    45 AFM
    45 AF
    45 H
    45 HC
    45 HA
    45 HCA
    57 MB
    57 MB-x

    Bogen
    Color 69
    Mini 35
    Salon Special
    Super 66 Color

    Cinelarger
    8-16
    35mm

    Duplikin Model II

    Durst
    606
    609
    M-35 Micromat
    Auto-focus D-659 Duomat
    Auto-focus U-70 Unomat
    Auto-focus Laborator 54
    Laborator L-1385
    Laborator S-45
    Laborator V-184
    Newporter RS/35

    Edilor

    Elwood
    C-2
    SP-25
    8x10 Autofocus

    Fotolarger
    Professional 100-DC
    Master E
    E-2
    Merit III
    Junior 1
    Junior 2
    Junior 35
    Zenith 35

    Graflex
    Graflarger

    Hansa
    Prima 35
    Model 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 [unimaginative name, even as enlargers go]

    Johnson
    Model 1
    Model 2
    V-5
    Wray s-35

    Kalimar
    35-A
    35-HP
    635-P

    Leitz
    Focomat IC
    Focomat IIC-color

    Liesegang Rajah 5 [great name!]

    Lott
    135
    240
    290
    311
    450

    Magnalux
    Magnalux 35
    Model 120
    Magnalux Super

    Meopta
    Axomat 1a
    Axomat 16
    Magnifax Model II
    Opemus IIa
    Opemus Standard 6x6
    Opemus 4x4

    Minolta 3 in 1

    Minori
    2 1/4 x 2 1/4
    2 1/4 x 3 1/4
    4x5

    Minox

    Ocean

    Paxomat
    unnamed 35mm
    Autofocus Model C

    Paxos Model 6b

    Paxota Model 35-S

    Ponder and Best
    Micro
    35mm
    11-D
    4x5 Color

    Primos
    Testreflex 35
    Testreflex 2 1/4 x 2 1/4
    Junior 35 Autofocus
    Professional 35 Autofocus
    2 1/4 x 2 1/4 Autofocus
    2 1/4 x 3 1/4 Autofocus

    Rowi
    66
    Rowi 150
    Rowi 153
    Rowi 155

    Simmon
    Automega B-7
    Automega D-3
    Automega D3V Model 710
    Automega E-5
    Chromega D4
    Omega B-8
    Omega B-8XL
    Omega B-22
    Omega B-22 XL
    Omega D-2
    Omega D2V
    Omega D2VXL
    Omega E-6 Special

    Solar
    45CR
    45DR
    57 D
    120
    Solarmatic 120
    Solarmatic 4x5

    Spiratone
    35
    Model 35-C
    4x5 Color PA
    4x5 Color Professional
    66
    Model 66-2P
    D356

    Wards
    Junior
    Pro
    Senior

    That's all folks!

    I think we can see why no one has ever tried to collect enlargers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DBP
    F

    Leitz
    Focomat IC
    Focomat IIC-color
    A lot more!
    http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~jq5t-ity/history.htm

    And there were loads and loads of variations. Alone with the Focomat 1c I've seen dozens of variations: Column length (short, normal, long), column connectors (2 prong, various shaped 3 prong, some round, some square), light house (round to egg), tilt (single side, both side lock), baseboard (normal to large, wood to resopal), baseboard wiring functions, easel locking hardware (different variations and those without hardware such as the final white baseboard models), different paint (variations of black to gray hammertone)... and even among the negative masks I've found quite a few significant variations not only in the use of materials but also in thickness. In the decades they were made (from 1951 to the early 1970s) they did not remain constant. They were also "working tools" of drugstores and photo-shops and tended to get many modifications (by, among others, Leitz). Many just parts swapped about.. My working Ic, for instance, uses one of the last made long columns (gray) with a white painted over large wooden baseboard (including locking hardware), a single sided late 1950s head, era condensor and anti-newton disk (I think I might even be using the late model one and not its contemporary one that came with it).


    I think we can see why no one has ever tried to collect enlargers.
    They are large and even keeping to the small ones such as MINOX there were quite a few variations:

    - MINOX Riga
    - MINOX Modell 1 (Postwar, German, 1950-51, straight column)
    - MINOX Modell 2
    o Typ 2201 (1951-63). Various variations are known to exist including the main ones noted for their diffusor or lack of, metal band or lack of, lens mounting etc.
    o Typ 2201 Color: these seem to have been just modified versions of the standard 2201 and thus too have variations. Detected samples, however, have been too small to really have a better picture.
    o Typ 2202 . These are all colour variations of the Typ 2203
    o Typ 2202. These have removable lens board and are commonly called Type-3. In the literature the earlier model 2 enlargers were called "Model 2" and these got called "Modell 2" (an extra l). Several sub variations mainly in the electrical connector for mains power and the logo.
    o Typ 25401. These are the last models and lose the possibility to use the repro adapter (which was for decades out of production anyway) and the "wings" on the negative holder. They also got the "MINOX" objectives and, of course, flat masks. In the 1990 MINOX made around 30 or so enlargers from old spare parts and these have variations all over the map.

    Just to collect MINOX brand enlargers (which are among the smallest) one would need at least a selection of no less than a dozen or two. This would occupy significant room--- a friend has been working on it. Try that with Leitz enlargers! :-)
    Edward C. Zimmermann
    BSn R&D // http://www.nonmonotonic.net

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