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    Quote Originally Posted by Blacknoise View Post
    Thanks for all the advice

    I'll have a look on ffordes in a bit. Also, I saw an 80mm/f5.6 Rodenstock Rodagon locally. There asking £20 for it. Is this worth it? and is it a decent lens?

    Thanks

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    Rodagons’ are generally excellent.

    However, I'm not familiar with a Rodagon 80mm/f5.6 - mine is a 80mm/f4

    Rodenstock Serial Numbers v Age - http://www.thalmann.com/largeformat/agevs.htm

    At £20 unless it’s been dropped or is full of fungus, it would be a good starting point - you could always upgrade at a later date if you find it wanting.

    Martin

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    I got myself the lens, it came with the case and its in practically new conditon, so should be good, at least for now. Just the enlarger to get now!
    Currently shooting: KMZ Horizont and Minox B

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blacknoise View Post
    I got myself the lens, it came with the case and its in practically new conditon, so should be good, at least for now. Just
    Nice once

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    I'd like to say that going for a 4x5 enlarger is the smart move, and in some ways it is. All 4x5 enlargers are built with commercial use in mind, making them sturdy, solid, and durable. Any will handle any film format up to 4x5 inches with no problem. If you can find one locally, it can potentially be a good deal since shipping costs don't enter the equation. But there are other considerations to account for in the big enlargers. Accessories (lens boards, negative carriers) are generally harder to find and more expensive. The machines themselves are a lot bigger and heavier than their medium format siblings, and so might not fit the space available.
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    That is a very good idea fschifano, but unfortunately, I have neither the space, nor the funds to get a 4x5 model. I would really like to get into large format, but I think I'll stick to scanning/contact prints until I have more space and money. I think sticking to 6x6 for now is the best bet. I hardly ever shoot anything other than 6x6, with the occasional roll of 6x4.5. I seldom shoot 6x9, so I think if this vastly increases the price, I'll leave it for now. What is recommended for a fairly inexpensive enlarger that will cover 6x6?

    Thanks for all your advice!

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    MEOPTA OPERMUS 6 will do 6x6 and are good value for money

    Second Hand Darkrooms have a range of 6x6 Enlargers but if you are prepared to wait (and possily travel to collect) then flee-bay can be cheaper

    Second Hand Darkrooms Web Site is worth checking anyway just to find out what Enlargers you might or might not be interested in

    Martin

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    I had a look on second hand darkrooms and was thinking of the Opermus 6 before you posted, the price looks good, so I'll probably pick one up with my next paycheck.
    Currently shooting: KMZ Horizont and Minox B

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blacknoise View Post
    Hi guys,

    I've been happily using my Durst M301 with a Minolta 50mm lens. All's working well, but I'd really like to be able to print my medium format negs (mostly 6x6, but 6x9 would be useful too), what enlarger and lens combinations would you recomend? I would like to be able to print 35mm and MF on the same enlarger, so I can save some space, and sell the old one. I was thinking of keeping the Minolta too, as it seems to be a pretty good lens, its the CE 50mm f2.8, do you think upgrading this would offer much in the way of improvement?

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    The Minolta enlarging lenses are considered real "sleepers." I doubt you would see much better, if you have a good sample.

    For up to 6x9, the Beseler 23 C is a classic.
    John, Mount Vernon, Virginia USA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blacknoise View Post
    Thanks for all the advice

    I'll have a look on ffordes in a bit. Also, I saw an 80mm/f5.6 Rodenstock Rodagon locally. There asking £20 for it. Is this worth it? and is it a decent lens?

    Thanks

    Rob
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    The Rodenstocks are very good lenses. As the others have said also, hang on to the Minolta. They are very highly rated.

    And the Meopta enlargers represent a tremendous "bang for the buck," as we say here in Virginia.
    John, Mount Vernon, Virginia USA

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    the meopta sounds good then

    I always got good results with the Minolta, was just wondering if anything else was better. I only paid £25 ($40) for it, the shop had Nikons for about twice that, but I didn't have much money and just wanted something cheap to use until I could afford something better. The enlargements made with the lens at f8 are prefectly sharp, i think they might even be sharper when I shell out for a grain focuser!
    Currently shooting: KMZ Horizont and Minox B

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