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    I use the Durst 138 for a good deal of 35mm and 120. For those film sizes, I use Carlwen negative carriers, which to me take as much effort as medium format enlargers I've used (LPL, Omega, Beseler). With the Durst carriers, I found 35mm and 120 quite cumbersome to enlarge.

    I use an 80mm lens for the 35mm negatives which keeps me away from the Latub lens board that the 138 requires for a 50mm lens. I tend not to enlarge 35mm negatives as much as 120 or larger negatives, so using the 80mm lens isn't an issue. I found the Carlwen carriers on ebay a few years ago.
    Jonathan
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    I love my Durst 138 (cold light head) ... the head cannot quite make it to the top due to the lower ceiling in my current darkroom ... but I swear, I'd rather cut a hole in the roof before I ever discard the 138!! I had a 'short' in the circuit recently and my friends father (who was once a specialist electrician in the Antarctic) fixed it for a 'slab' (24 cans of beer in Australia) ..... he did it in an afternoon and as it was a Saturday he couldn't source high voltage cord until he realised the local motor-mower shop stocked miles of it. This story is probably not so related to the thread but nevertheless part of the 138 story! I also replaced the old tram wheels it originally had and replaced them with some good quality castors which did compromise the total height of the enlarger, hence now I can't jack it up to it's maximum.

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    Don't get rid of the 138S. Get a larger camera.

    I use a Saunders 4550XLG/VCCE enlarger for 4x5", 6x7cm and 35mm.
    I use the 138S for 8x10" enlarging and 7x17" contact printing. See my gallery for two shots of the 138S with an Aristo 12x12 cold light head and 8x10 negative holder.

    John Powers

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