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    Thanks Martin

    The photo's are of my late grandparents, dad and uncle when they were in India in the mid 1930's, and when my late dad was a baby.

    Out of interest which enlrager did you use or did you use a contact printer?

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    Hi Connie, my negs were 6 x 9cm (2.5 x 3.25 inches)

    I have a Kaiser that will do up to 6 x 9 (chosen as all my fathers’ photos from 1946 to the 70s were shot in that format) and a 105mm enlarging lens.

    The 2.5" x 4.5" negs are going to be a problem for you to enlarge – if you can only go up as far as 6x6cm – you will have to selectively crop the neg to get a print – or find some one with a Large Format Enlarger.

    However, 2.5" x 4.5" negs would contact print quite nicely without too much eye strain for the viewers – and would be a good place to start.

    Have fun

    Martin

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    Hi martin

    have seen this on ebay Durst CLS 450 Laborator 1000 colour enlarger - what do think?

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    I think that if you can afford large format colour gear, you go girl! I think everyone should do 4x5, it's awesome!

    But if you just want to print some large format negatives, then you'd have a very hard time spending more on a decent lab, then getting into a whole new format.

    P.S. Buy the enlarger, then a 4x5 camera, then get into colour.

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    I would just like a decent 4x5 enlarger to print in black and white negs for time being as am a budget. Knew to this format so wasn't sure of the makes and models to search on the net.

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    Sorry, I'm not sure I was clear.

    When I said you'd have a hard time spending more on a decent lab...etc...etc.., I didn't mean you going out and buying a decent lab setup. I meant you might be better off getting your negatives enlarged by a decent commercial photolab, and paying them for the enlargements, than buying your own gear.

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