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Thread: 8x10 Enlarger

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    Enlargements from 8x10 negatives are amazing. And the equipment needed is so darned simple. You might consider this option, at least just to get started in that format.

    You may need to do some driving. I drove 15 hours just to get the head for my 8x10 enlarger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akfotog View Post
    Thanks Ken, will have to research that. Sounds feasible though if I can rig up some sort of negative holder.
    Cut the centre divider out of an 8x10 film holder and mount a sheet of glass in one side to support the film ??

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    I'm a contact guy, but I've owned 2 8x10 enlargers, including an Elwood. My suggestion would be, if you can afford it, to get a GOOD enlarger like a Durst or DeVere. Both of those enlargers will let you control alignment much better, etc.

    DeVere: http://www.khbphotografix.com/devere/
    Durst: http://www.durst-pro-usa.com/products.php

    I'm not recommending either company seen at the above links; just providing the links so you can see pictures of enlargers.

    Yes, I know it's expensive, but photography ain't a cheap thing.

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    Thanks for responses all, will have to consider my options before taking the 8x10 plunge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DREW WILEY View Post
    I can see the difference in an 11x14. Maybe the public can't. Besides, I if you had to defend yourself against a grizzly, wouldn't you prefer a
    nice big Ries tripod with spike feet and some mass at the other end?
    Nope, 44 Mag..

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    Can anyone link to some information on the type of light source that would be needed to use an 8x10 camera as an enlarger? That sounds like something I might want to try.

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    Here's an example of an 8x10 camera-to-enlarger conversion from another APUG member. Dan included lots of pictures and descriptions so it's easy to see what's going on.

    Converting an 8 x 10 camera into an 8 x 10 enlarger

    Ken
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Brown View Post
    Not to rain on your parade, but one of the reasons for shooting 8x10 is contact prints. For enlargements, you appear to already be set up for 4x5. I dare say you would not see much difference in enlargements between 4x5 and 8x10 until you got to prints that measured in feet! But hey, whatever floats your boat.
    well, either you don't shoot both formats or you haven't made enlargements from 8x10 film. Which is it?
    I ALSO, can see the difference in an 11x14 enlargement. I wouldn't own the enlarger for the hell of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Brown View Post
    Not to rain on your parade, but one of the reasons for shooting 8x10 is contact prints. For enlargements, you appear to already be set up for 4x5. I dare say you would not see much difference in enlargements between 4x5 and 8x10 until you got to prints that measured in feet! But hey, whatever floats your boat.
    I am afraid I am going to disagree. There is "something" about an 8x10 negative that a 4x5 cannot 'touch'. It isn't just the sharpness but the gradation of tones. Admittedly, at 11x14 print size, the difference may not be significant but once you start getting into 16x20 or 20x24, the difference jumps at you and bites you right on the face.
    Jack Rosa

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