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    There are several Dursts in the same 6x6 category - the "M" series comes to mind: M600, M601, M606 ...

    Be sure, whatever enlarger you pick, that it comes with all the lens boards/adapters, condensers and negative carriers.
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    I have a Bogen X-35A. They don't get much smaller or simpler, but if the lens is good the results can be as good as anything else. I kept it (sentimental reasons I suppose as I did a lot with it) even after I got my D2V. Not for sale (sentimental again) but if you see one around...OTOH it won't handle those 6x6 negs.

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    Some people have been finding Leitz Focomats on the used market recently. Those have an excellent reputation for black and white work. I found a Beseler Dichro 35S on ebay a couple of years ago. Beseler made essentially the same enlarger under a number of names. It is a bit bright, but it is an excellent machine for both black and white and color.

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    Focomat Ic with a drawer for the filters.
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    Holga 120GFN: Amazingly simple yet it produces outstanding negatives to print.

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    I recommend a Leitz Valoy II. It is light, small and perfect for making 5x7 prints using a speed easel. This is an exquisitely designed/manufactured enlarger and very portable. I appreciate the helicoil focus. The lens mount works very well with Nikkor 50mm optics.

    For readers who want to enlarge to a higher factor the Leitz wood easel is perfect. You can use a Saunders 4 border adjustable easel but that easel bumps into the elevation post resulting in restrictions.

    Use of contrast filters is an issue since there is no dedicated holder. I used several methods. If you have the red filter one can remove the filter and use the assembly to support flat contrast filters. For a light source the 211 size bulb is adequate replacement for original shorter neck bulbs. Newton rings can occur on my Valoy. Rings were eliminated by placing a very thin shim (white out tape) on the edge the neg carrier. This lifts the condenser slightly off the neg.
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    if it is 'compact' that you need, look for the Russian UPA5 35mm enlarger, complete with lens that folded up inside a box no bigger than a small hard suitcase. Enlarged up to 10x8 which is about the limit of the lens but so very compact it was convenient bit of kit.

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