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View Poll Results: What is the largest Enlarged Print You Make?

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  • 5x7

    0 0%
  • 8x10

    9 11.11%
  • 11x14

    32 39.51%
  • 16x20

    27 33.33%
  • 20x24 or larger

    13 16.05%
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    Just spent part of the day printing my first 16x20 fiber prints. Must say it was a bit more than I expected. I have done quite a of 8x10 and 11x14 recently, but the prep/space/printing of 16x20 is much more involed (at least to me). SOOOOO! I was wondering What is the Largest Print You Normally Do and if 16x20 or larger, how big is your darkroom?

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    If I ever do get my darkroom going I plan to print 8x10negs at 16x20, color work mostly 35mm negs at 8x10-11x14.

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    A mix of 5x7,8x10 and the odd 11x14. If I really wanted to do 16x20 I'd convert one of my film tanks into a print tank. While it wouldn't be the most interesting way it would take up virtually no room. Not to mention I own the tank and motor base already so the cost would be zero versus a set of trays.

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    I usually print 5x7's or 8x10's, but I will soon be printing my 5x7's on 8x0 paper and my 8x10's on 11x14 paper to make them easier to mat
    Let's see what I've got in the magic trash can for Mateo!

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    I collaborate with the printer at my lab, together we can make fiber B&W prints off 8x10" negs up to 50x60 inches. The largest I have made is 40x50". He uses long troughs for the chemistry & selenium toner & prints on ilford MGFB. It can be a surprisingly quick process. Usually I do a small work print to figure out the dodging & burning then the prints are made using a Devere horizontal 10x10 enlarger with a very powerful light source. I think I have got it lucky here because it is only about $300 AUS Dollars to get a 40x50" exhibition quality fiber mural. I dont think I would want to bother setting up my own darkroom to print murals it would be too much trouble & cost but it would be nice to print my own 20x24's, at the moment all I produce at home is 8x10 contacts.

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    hey matt, is it a pulse xenon light source? just curious

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    I usually print on 11x14 FB paper though my image size is usually around 8x12. recently I've been printing some panoramics on 16x20 paper with the imge width at 17 inches. A few of my images like to be 16x2o but most (85%) are overbearing larger than 8x12.
    Stop trying to get into my mind, There is nothing there!

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    I'm printing almost all 10x10 on 11x14 now. I'd love to go larger, and I have plenty of space to do it (14'x18' dedicated darkroom) but my enlarger would definitely need to be upgraded. And I've got to find a deal on a darkroom sink, a big one. Right now, printing is serious exercise, as I have to run up two flights of stairs to the bathtub to wash all prints larger than 8x10. *eeeeeeesh*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheryl Jacobs
    Right now, printing is serious exercise, as I have to run up two flights of stairs to the bathtub to wash all prints larger than 8x10. *eeeeeeesh*
    Hey keeps you in good shape for those wonderful self portraits...

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    Jdef,

    I didn't mean it to sound that way, it is a joy to be able to make contacts off 8x10 negs after years of enlarging. It is, however, quite a revelation to see certain negs enlarged to mural size, not that it suits everything mind you.

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