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    Quote Originally Posted by JBrunner View Post
    ...and ergonomic reasons one enlarger might
    be preferred to another,
    What a hassel. I've had to completely dismantle
    my glass negative carrier in order to clean the carrier
    and two glass plates. Tweezer size machine screws
    and lock washers to match. So, which enlarger has
    the easiest to clean glass negative carriers?
    That's the brand to buy. Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by hypogimp View Post
    Things that, in my opinion, are important for enlarger design:
    1. even illumination
    2. adequate cooling (to prevent negative buckling)
    3. adequate brightness (not too much, not too little)
    4. ease and precision of of alignment
    5. alignment stays put when set
    6. ease of focusing (smooth focusing without backlash)
    7. ease of head height change
    8. head height does slip when set
    9. ease of condenser change or repositioning (for a condenser head)
    10. adequate baseboard area and height for the maximum print size anticipated
    11. filter holders ideally both above the negative and below the lens
    12. availability of negative carriers, lensboards, cold-light head, color head, etc. on e-bay
    12. inexpensive
    That's why I'm happy with my Opemus 6 enlarger. The only reason I use two enlargers is that it only goes to 6x6, and I like 5x7" negatives. So the Opemus gets used for everything up to 6x6, and the Durst L138S for everything from 6x7 to 13x18cm. The Opemus 6 is especially good on point 12(b) above, even if I bought it new!
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    Agree, my previous post abut Meopta enlargers is not to underestimate them. After all, I have and use Magnifax 4 and Opemus 5, and don't plan to replace them, I am happy with them. They do great job and spare parts are very easy to find for good prices. Of course untill I start LF and find place for 5x7(4x6) or bigger, but that is another story...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dancqu View Post
    What a hassel. I've had to completely dismantle
    my glass negative carrier in order to clean the carrier
    and two glass plates. Tweezer size machine screws
    and lock washers to match. So, which enlarger has
    the easiest to clean glass negative carriers?
    That's the brand to buy. Dan
    Meopta scores well here - takes about 3 sec. to fit or remove mask or carrier glass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor Crone View Post
    Hi Keith,
    I use films like T-Max which have a rather shiny emulsion and are prone to Newton rings when useing just a plain lower glass.

    Regards,
    Trevor.
    I use Ilford films in 35mm and 120, but switched to Kodak 100TMX for the convenience of the single sheet ReadyLoad holder.
    It took a bit of getting used to, but I am now getting good negatives that yield very nice prints.
    An MPP Mk-8 5x4 Camera with a Schneider 180mm f/5.6 Symmar-S and a 90mm f/8 Super-Angulon Multi-coated.
    The Devere 504 seems to be a very popular enlarger on this forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dancqu View Post
    What a hassel. I've had to completely dismantle
    my glass negative carrier in order to clean the carrier
    and two glass plates. Tweezer size machine screws
    and lock washers to match. So, which enlarger has
    the easiest to clean glass negative carriers?
    That's the brand to buy. Dan
    For my Magnifax 4, several seconds to change negative inserts (pull out negative carrier, take out inserts, put another inserts and return negative carrier back - usually 10 to 15 seconds) - and you can't mix upper or lower glass (non antinewton or antinewton) or glasless inserts, they physically can be mounted only correctly, under minute to change mixing chamber in colour head (unscrew two screws - only fingers needed, not tools, lift head, take chamber out, put another chamber in, return head back and screw those two screws back), under five seconds to change condenser in b/w head (just pull drawer with condensor lens and put other condensor lens drawer in).

    With Opemus 5, you can't change condensors in b/w head, or mixing chambers in Meochrome colour head, so you can only change inserts in negative carrier, and it is same as for Magnifax.

    I must say Opemus has better negative carrier, with clicked stops for negatives positioning, so you can easily correctly place negative. And for 35mm glassless negative insert, it has insert with precise profile, so 35mm negative is extremely easy to move and place. Magnifax don't have so good carrier (negative stops are not clicked) or inserts, and unfortunatelly 35mm inserts for Opemus can't be used in Magnifax...

    I don't belive there is any "faster" enlarger for those things
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    Quote Originally Posted by David H. Bebbington View Post
    Meopta scores well here - takes about 3 sec. to
    fit or remove mask or carrier glass.
    I've a Meopta 6 with color head 3; new from Freestyle
    several years ago. Then I've a Meopta 6? from an in
    town dealer; 1961, missing a part. Last and least,
    I've a Meopta 5 from ebay; yet to give it a try.

    The 6 with color head was shelved years ago do to
    uneven lighting. The center portion of the head's
    bottom diffuser actually causes a fall-off of
    light in a prints center.

    What I'd like is the condenser head for that 6.
    I was very satisfied with the now 46 year old 6?.
    All the Meoptas are in dry safe storage and AFAIK
    could be put into operation with a correct part
    here and there and some dusting off. Are they
    still in business? I've up to 6x9 to do and a
    Magnifax may be of interest. Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by dancqu View Post
    All the Meoptas are in dry safe storage and AFAIK could be put into operation with a correct part here and there and some dusting off. Are they
    still in business? I've up to 6x9 to do and a
    Magnifax may be of interest. Dan
    Meopta is most definitely still in business. Freestyle still carries their enlarging lenses, though no enlargers.

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    So glad I'm not alone in loving the Meoptas - quick to change carriers, easy negative loading , brick built quality and that oh so simple split line focussing that gets me almost spot on focus everytime.

    The Eastern Block could do some things really well - shame about the rest of it.
    Hmm- Wonder if she'd notice if I bought that :)

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