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    When I graduated from 35mm the man who sold me my 6cm x 7cm Mamiya RZ gave me advice that has proved good. He said most who use MF eventually try 4x5. In today's market there is little difference in price between a good MF and a good 4x5 enlarger. I have an LPL 4550XLG/VCCE that works very well. I have since moved up to 8x10 and I can also highly recommend a Durst. I also use the variable contrast light to make contact prints from the 7x17 pictured in my avatar. In life like chess it pays to plan beyond your next move.

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    Thank you everyone I will take on board everything everyone has said and do some investigating to see what I can find myself

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    Quote Originally Posted by jp80874 View Post
    In today's market there is little difference in price between a good MF and a good 4x5 enlarger.
    John Powers
    Not in the UK

    A decent MF Enlarger is only about half the price of a decent 5x4 Enlarger.

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    Dont overlook a condensor enlarger though. There are often older 5x4 Devere condensor enlargers on e-bay, and others. If they have neg carriers youre away. All they need usually is a good scrub up. An old Devere, with shiney condensor lenses will give a fantastic light, and will do if you fancy 5x4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaggysk8 View Post
    Hello, as the title says really, I will not be getting one yet, but have no idea what is good or bad and tips and pointers in the right direction would be a great help for me.

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    Yes, why not a condenser?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RalphLambrecht View Post
    Yes, why not a condenser?
    We could equally ask why a condenser enlarger. I've used both and much prefer a diffuser enlarger but the higher contrast & brightness of a condenser can be useful with large enlargements, typically over a metre in width and upwards.

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    As Ian said it is all down to taste. Good thing about a condensor is if the grain and spotting out become too much, it is easy to diffuse the light near the neg with some opaque persex or the like.

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    I have a Fujimoto G70 colour enlarger which caters for 35mm to 6x7 and has a built in timer and a very high column for big enlargements.

    The best thing about this enlarger is the reversible light source which can switch between condensor and diffuser. Best of both worlds

    The following site has one of the later version (VR70) for sale:
    http://www.paulpetterson.co.uk/
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    I like the look of that, now is that one use colour filters or is it built in (I don't know a lot about enlargers so please excuse my ignorance)

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    Yes it has the three colour filters. The dials are on the right hand side.
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