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    I have had a Solar, now have an Elwood with a cold light. Either of these will do the job for you.
    Also both Beseler and Omega made 5x7 enlargers which sometimes appear in the dark recesses of the older camera stores like B&h and Midwest. I would call them and speak to the used darkroom specialist to learn what is available.
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    don't solars take a long-necked-bulb that is sometimes hard to find?

    i worked for a lady and did all her printing on an ancient solar ... and she smiled and had me look under the table ... there was a crate with boxes and boxes of the bulbs that she claimed were "hard to find" ( back in the 1980s ). she had searched a 100 mile radius and bought all their stock.

    a few years ago i searched and found a place that sold these bulbs for someone --- there weren't many of them ... maybe it was bulbman? or topbulb?

    can you use different bulbs in these enlargers ?

    just wonderin'
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    I'd second Barts suggestion for the Beseler 8x10 conversion kit on a 45 series enlarger. Had 2, still have 1 and have been using it for 20 years.

    Also something to consider, if the glass plate is exactly 5x7, you might not be able to get the full image with a 5x7 enlarger. Depends on the enlarger of course, but some crop a wee bit.

    Plus 8x10 gives you more flexability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnanian
    don't solars take a long-necked-bulb that is sometimes hard to find?

    i worked for a lady and did all her printing on an ancient solar ... and she smiled and had me look under the table ... there was a crate with boxes and boxes of the bulbs that she claimed were "hard to find" ( back in the 1980s ). she had searched a 100 mile radius and bought all their stock.

    a few years ago i searched and found a place that sold these bulbs for someone --- there weren't many of them ... maybe it was bulbman? or topbulb?

    can you use different bulbs in these enlargers ?

    just wonderin'
    john
    Mine has a Sylvania 211, 75W, 3000K, which is pretty far from exotic, though I doubt the grocery store has them. Not usre if it is the standard bulb, but it works fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DBP
    Mine has a Sylvania 211, 75W, 3000K, which is pretty far from exotic, though I doubt the grocery store has them. Not usre if it is the standard bulb, but it works fine.

    that's good to know ...


    oh, i just goooogled solar enlarger + bulbs and found a post
    that i had made with the places that stock solar bulbs ...

    just in case ...

    http://donsbulbs.com/cgi-bin/r/t.pl/...orporated.html

    -john

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    De Vere. Still in production and (unlike Durst) they support decades-old enlargers.

    Actually I have a De Vere head on my MPP Micromatic 5x7 but you'll not find many MPPs.

    Cheers,

    Roger (www.rogerandfrances.com)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ole
    On a Durst 138 enlarger, just remove the top glass of the NEGLA carrier. Works like a drean, a 13x18cm glass plate just fits in. I mean - why would you need glass both above and below a glass plate negative???

    Don't drop the top glass though - I did, and now I only have five spares left
    I'll pass on another vote for the Durst 138s ... I love mine and you can manage your glass plates without much difficulty at all.
    Good luck
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    Love my new (second hand) Durst Labrador G139:
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    180cm height;
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    All this for about $200 US and built like a brick s**t house.

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    Beseler 8x10 conversion question

    I've been following this post because I am interested in 5x7 and 8x10 enlarging. I thought it was just the 45v-xl one could adapt to the Beseler 810 head. Is that wrong? Will it work for the older 45M, MX, etc enlargers, too?
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    I have an Omega E with a color head. very solid and easy to align. It's a 5x7 enlarger but can also accept 4x5 and smaller negative holders.

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