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    Andy, it makes sense to me now.

    You need an 8x10" enlarger with a glass negative carrier.

    Most 8x10" commercial enlargers come with a glass carrier as standard and quite a few of them are actually 10x10" so you can swing the negative in portrait or landscape mode.

    As mentioned you can use a process camera to do the job but a bit of dexterity and fiddling may be required.

    Unless you have a burning desire to build a large darkroom to accommodate the normally huge enlarger, I would suggest you purchase a powerful hand held magnifying glass. I have one and it's a large piece of glass, around 200mm diameter. By having one this size the sweet spot is quite large and your contact sheets are suddenly far easier to interpret.

    The hand held magnifying glass is a far, far cheaper solution. I know it's not the same, but it really makes a difference.

    Mick.

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    An 8x10" enlarger is a pretty large piece of equipment in general, with a long enlarging column, but there are Beseler 4x5" enlargers that have been converted to 8x10" that aren't too enormous, if you can find one. Of course if you get an 8x10" enlarger, you'll want to shoot 8x10" in no time, so you'll be looking for an 8x10" camera, lenses, filmholders, a bigger tripod, and then you'll really be stuck!
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