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Thread: 5x7 enlarger

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    5x7 enlarger

    I'm looking to redeem my status as owner of a 5x7 enlarger. I used to own an Omega E5, but at the time I was only shooting 35mm and 6x6, so I gave it to someone that needed it.
    Now I have a 5x7, and I thought I was going to be contact printing those, but I'd like to be able to enlarge those negatives, and I need your advice on what enlarger is a good model to own.
    I currently use an Omega ProLab 4x5, and I love it for its lens turret with room for 3 lenses. Is there a 5x7 equivalent?

    What say you?

    I don't have a whole lot of cash to spend on this or I'd just go on a hunt. Now I'm looking to see what's best value out there. I'm thinking about placing an ad in the local papers to see what materializes, but want to know what I'm getting myself into.

    Is 210mm about 'normal' for a 5x7 neg?

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    A good 5x7 enlarger??

    Any one that you can haul to your darkroom less than a days drive away!

    I posted a challenge a while back for anyone to come up with a BAD 4x5 enlarger. The challenge is even more difficult with 5x7.

    210mm would be 'normal.'

    All things considered, if I had a choice of ANY 5x7 enlarger I'd get this one:


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    Are you in MN?
    This recent post would indicate there are a lot of 8x10 enlargers up there, so maybe a 5x7 will show up:
    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...4&postcount=11

    This one may still be out there:
    http://www.apug.org/forums/forum41/3...-enlarger.html
    Last edited by ic-racer; 02-08-2009 at 03:11 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    5x7

    Thomas-I converted and old 5x7 B+J enlarger to use with a modern zone vI coldlight
    it comes apart in 3 pieces and even has a glass carrier....and it makes great prints!! check the bay as they come up now and then
    Best,Peter

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    Well maybe a modest enlarger (compared to the hi-tech wonder which ic-racer proposed) would be its predecessor. I.e. a Durst 138S. You cannot go wrong with that one. It's possible that a few hundred of these machines have been thown into a dumpster long time ago, but there are still quite a few to be found here and there. It's just a matter of finding one close to you. Just see to that it is fairly complete, so that you don't have to chase around for bits and pieces in order to make it work.

    //Björn

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    Another one to look out for would be a De Vere 507. Very nice enlargers, neg stage and focus controls on the baseboard, sweet.
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    I found mine locally, so you may too. No shipping. Paid $300 for EVERYTHING, heat absorb. glass, carriers, lenses, cold light, condensers, etc., etc... E4. Good shopping, Bill

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    bill,

    the E4 never had condensers. when i bought mine
    there were purchased from someone who custom made
    an adapter from an E5 so the condensers would work. the
    E4 just had an "omegalite" cold light source ( circular fluorescent tube ) ..
    sounds like you made out good

    good luck getting your enlarger thomas!
    i love mine

    john

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    Durst 138. Cheap now and built like a tank (or 2).
    :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guillaume Zuili View Post
    Durst 138. Cheap now and built like a tank (or 2).
    :-)
    Are these strictly condenser enlargers, or are/were they available with color and variable contrast heads? I guess one could always get an Aristo head for it, but they aren't cheap.
    Charles Hohenstein

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