Deardorff user needs an 8x10 enlarger...
Wow, now I've gone and done it! I am now shooting landscapes with a beautiful old vintage Deardorff and love it. But, I would like to do more than just contact prints. I've got a very nice Beseler 45M enlarger, but the cost of upgrading it to 8x10 is a whopping $3000+ dollars. I guess I am just looking for ideas where I might find a used 810 conversion kit or info on making it myself, or whatever.
Eaton Rapids, Michigan
A Durst 184 just sold on Ebay yesterday for less than $2000. They show up occasionally.
I picked up a Wisner enlarger back for 8X10 and made an adapter for the Deardorf. I happened to have a studio stand so I now have a horizontal enlarger room. Unless you have a room with a very high ceiling to take the regular 8x10 you may want to consider the above. Additionally this breaks down into manageable units.
What's a Wisner enlarger back?
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You can make a fine horizontal enlarger from an old Portrait camera ( a Century, like Ansels' ). There are some problems using your camera as the base of the enlarger, like re-aligning it whenever you want to print.
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I think you can forget about a used Beseler conversion kit, you almost never see them on the used market. I think I've seen maybe one or two in twelve years (but then for most of that time I wasn't looking for one either so I'm sure there must have been at least a couple somewhere that I didn't see). But you should be able to find a used 8x10 (or 10x10) enlarger on ebay. Of course getting it to you might be problematic. A few years ago local wet labs converting to digital were a good source but they've mostly all gone digital by now and sold their darkroom stuff but still, inquiries among local labs couldn't hurt and might produce some leads.
Look for an 8X10 elwood enlarger. usualy about $500.00
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8x10 Enlarger FOUND!
Thanks everyone for the helpful information. I did manage to find a like new Beseler 810 on a 45MX Chassis. It sold for about $1500 with a 240mm lens. Had to ship via UPS for another $194.00. I've got it setup and it is perfect. For what it's worth, this was the 4th one I've found on ebay in the past month. There was another 810 conversion kit that showed up after I bought mine and sold for just under $2000. They're tough to buy as the bidding is fast and furious; I missed the first three to other bidders and I thought I was a pretty savy ebayer. Anyway, this one was listed with a "buy-it-now" option so I hopped on it.
If you want an 8x10 just keep an eye on ebay. Plan on spending $1500 or so and don't be afraid of the shipping. I had a local "PakMail" place pick it up and ship it for me.
A lot of 8x10 enlargers come up on ebay. Many of them go for a song because the sellers limit the sale to "local pick up only." If you have a truck and are willing to travel, you can find some good deals.
Two years ago I bought an HK877 AF horizontal enlarger (11x11), along with film holders and 6 lenses, for the price of $1. The catch, I had to drive to Minn. to get it. It was a 6 hour drive each way. But, well worth it. I was glad that the seller had a fork lift to load it in my truck, and that I had a tractor at home to unload it.
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Deardorff photo enlarger???
I am looking for information. I am opening a collectable/antique shop at 10am tommrow morning. A friend of mine emailed me a picture of an auction item. He said the person working there called it a Deardorff photo enlarger. I am just beginning to appreciate the collectability of photographic equipment. I am having trouble finding information on this piece of equipment. The photo I received shows a minimum of three seperate wood boxes, approx. 24" x 24", sitting on a 72" wood frame w/5 adjusting cranking wheels, which is sitting on a 36" wood base on wheels. All of the above is sitting on a 10' to 12' wood or metal track. There are also, 3 asst. size lenses mounted to wood boards, 5 asst. size flat boards, 3 clamps and 3 or 4 electrical pieces.
My question is: Does, what I've discribed, sound like a Deardorff enlarger? And if so, is it worth a 4 hour drive to the auction? And most of ALL, what would be it's retail worth?
Any information would be greatly appreciated.