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    Panoramic Enlarging

    I am starting to make panoramic images using the techniques described here, which gives me negatives that are 6x20cm or more...does anyone have a genius method for enlarging these puppies without going digital or am I limited to contact printing them? I have available to me a Beseler 67c and a Federal Junior Store-Away that dates back to the Atomic age. I also have a good 4-blade 11x17 easel. I would love to be able to enlarge these to 12x40cm and print across a piece of 28x43cm paper (aka 11x17) Any brilliant solutions or am I just going to have to break down and scan them?

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    That's interesting stuff you've found there!

    I shoot 6x30+ and stretched an enlarger to cover the negs, so yes it can be done ok if you're prepared to do the work. I usually print mine a metre long, at that size they're less than 4 times enlargement and extremely sharp.

    If you want I can print a few negs for you to give you an idea how they look.

    attached is a pic of the enlarger.

    Clayton
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    That is interesting stuff. Has anyone chopped up a few Holgas and glued them back together to make a pano camera? I've seen this done with Nikons, pre-Xpan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb
    That is interesting stuff. Has anyone chopped up a few Holgas and glued them back together to make a pano camera? I've seen this done with Nikons, pre-Xpan.
    That's an interesting idea too!..........although you'd have to use some other glass in it to cover.......but then again the falloff may be interesting.

    Clayton

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    Quote Originally Posted by claytume
    That's interesting stuff you've found there!

    I shoot 6x30+ and stretched an enlarger to cover the negs, so yes it can be done ok if you're prepared to do the work. I usually print mine a metre long, at that size they're less than 4 times enlargement and extremely sharp.

    If you want I can print a few negs for you to give you an idea how they look.

    attached is a pic of the enlarger.

    Clayton
    Holy smoke! I'm not sure I could even fit that in my darkroom! Did you make that entire enlarger from scratch? Are there plans for it or did you just improvise?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoPete
    Holy smoke! I'm not sure I could even fit that in my darkroom! Did you make that entire enlarger from scratch? Are there plans for it or did you just improvise?
    I stretched a 4x5 out to 4x14........no plans, just improvise.

    Clayton

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    Here's a neg carrier with a single 120 frame in it.
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    I am deeply impressed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Caulfield
    I am deeply impressed.
    Kevin........my next project......when I get time, is an 8x20 enlarger. I have 2 identical 8x10 colour heads that I plan to merge into one head, will have 2400 watts of light.

    A problem I have with some of the panoramic formats, 717 abd 820 specifically is the prints are a little on the small side............a 2 times enlargement should make them spectacular.

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    By the way........10 years ago when all the good gear was expensive these type of projects weren't possible. Today with enlargers practically being given away anything is possible!


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