Crown View as an enlarger?
I'm thinking of using my Crown View as an enlarger. I have drawn up plans for a light source and negative holder. It would be a horizontal setup as I don't think the tripod screw would support the weight in the vertical position. The camera would not be modified so I would still be able to use it for shooting.
I had an ancient 4x5 enlarger that literally fell apart and can't afford a new one at this time.
Any thoughts or ideas?
If it has a Graflok-type back, look for a Graflarger back or one of the Linhof enlarger backs (they made a cold light back and condensor backs). These aren't usually too expensive, and they convert a 4x5" (and in some cases 2x3") camera to an enlarger directly.
The old cold light heads like the Graflarger back have a significant ramp up time and don't have heater units like modern cold light heads, so it's best to use them with a compensating timer, like the Metrolux, or by leaving the light on and controlling exposure with a shutter.
It should be much easier (with a little patience) to find a useable enlarger than adapt the camera to this use. Enargers might show up on Craig's List, garage sales, auctions, classified ads, etc. Many people won't even bother to advertise something with such modest value. Of course acquiring a ready-to-go enlarger will deny you the many hours of fabricating and perfecting the means of enlarging with the Crown.
I've heard of the Graflarger but didn't know about the Linhof. I keep checking ebay and other sources but no luck yet. Most of the offerings for 4x5 enlargers are too expensive when the shipping weight is factored in.
There is a late Beseler 4x5 enlarger with a condesor head and a color head listed right now on the SanDiego Craig's List for $100.
I'd make a vapor trail to San Marcos.
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I concur with Jim Jones & JBrunner: For the cost of a tank of gas and lunch I filled my station wagon with an Omega D5-XL with a Chromega Dichroic II head, power supply, Beseler analyzer, 2 lenses and about 90% of everything I need to set up a darkroom. The deals are out there. Go for it.
Thanks for the link. It is a 23CII which only accepts up to 2 1/4 x 2 3/4.
Originally Posted by JBrunner
I have inquired about it though since I have a lot of 35mm & 2 1/4 negs to print. Great price and close to home.
Oops , your right, my bad, I didn't look close enough. But your right, it is still a great deal. Something like this in 4x5 will turn up, always does.
Originally Posted by Wade D
i had a graflarger back years ago. they work well ..
but often times when they are sold on ebOO, they are missing
the negative carriers, and the light source is sometimes uneven
or spent. aristo re-tubes and fixes them for $100 +/- dollars if you want to
go that route. while it is fun to use a camera as an projector after building
the light source or buying/retubing a graflarger, it might be more cost effective
to buy an enlarger used. if you find one way-out-of-town you can usually have them
wrapped + boxed and put in the cargo-hold of a greyhound bus and delivered
to a local bus station to pick up. it doesn't cost very much $$ to ship that way.
Scope out Craigs List and you'll likely find a D-2 obscenely cheap or maybe even for the price of hauling it of the property.