Like a lot of you I have "darkroom dreams", and if all goes well I will be in a place that my "darkroom dreams" could very well become a reality.
So it gets me thinking and looking at enlargers.
Which is why I am making this post.
I shoot mainly 35mm and 6x6, in color and b&w.
The thing is that I sometimes do dibtychs of two adjacent frames, on the stip of negatives in the 6x6, which would make for a negative of about 6x14.
So I am guessing I could fabicate something from a 4x5 negative carrier.
What would be a good enlarger to do this with?
Any other advice for buying a used enlarger would also be appreciated.
Any 4x5 enlarger with a glass carrier would work. Just make a mask out of something. Ruby lith I guess. Or maybe thin black paper if you're printing colour.
If you're pringing colour you'll be happier with a colour head.
If you make big prints you might want something that handles big sizes better.
My plan is to print no bigger than 11x14.
I know that many folks are very committed to one brand over another, I am partial to Omega myself, but I think that any of the professional brands are capable of producing excellent prints, Omega, Bessler, Durst, as well as several others. As mentioned above I would invest in a color head, glass 4X5 carrier, and good lens.
I just measured my Omega DII and the opening in the negative stage is 5". You could probably open it up to 14cm, but it looks as though there might be some vignetting from the bellows. Ocasionally a 5x7 enlarger pops up on ebay.
BTW: I second the dichroic head. Makes life much easier.
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Likewise, my 4x5" Durst L1200 based enlarger has a maximum or 120mm width at the negative carrier.
Go for a 5x7.
Almost any brand at this size is built to professional standards.
Personally I'd avoid Durst because their long-term product support was always lousy, even in the days when they made enlargers. If you can find/afford one, De Vere are unbeatable AND still in production.
Good Afternoon, Brian,
Good points above, of course. Put the emphasis on the enlarging lens(es) rather than the enlarger. Consider Componon, Rodagon, or El-Nikkor as good bets.
If it's only two 6x6 negatives why 14 across?
Maybe I wasn't that clear, sometimes I do diptychs, where I print two adjacent frames, like this:
Originally Posted by Nick Zentena