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    Enlarger and lens recomendations for MF

    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?

    Thanks

    Rob
    Currently shooting: KMZ Horizont and Minox B

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    As you are located in the you would not go far wrong with an Opemus Magnifax. Very robust and with a superbly made negative carrier. These are not pretty enlargers by any means. There are two heads available namely the meocolour and meograde. The names are self expalanatory. The meogarde head is particularly nice. For lenses I am very satisfied with my Rodenstock Rodagon 80mm and I have owned an EL Nikkor 105mm f5.6 IIRC. Both are 6 element lenses and great performers. RK Photographic are still Opemus stockists.

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    Not all medium format enlargers go all the way to 6x9. I'd keep the CE 50mm.

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    I have an LPL 7700MX which will do up to 6x9 if you remove the blades from the universal neg mask.
    At present I can print 35mm - 6x9; 50mm Rodenstock f2.8 and a 105mm Schneider

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    Going up to 6x9 eliminates a lot of MF Enlargers as most only do 6x6 or 6x7

    The most common 6x9 enlargers in the UK are :-

    Meopta Magnifax (Version 4 was the last one made)

    Kaiser V900? – still made and are available new from R K Photographic or Silverprint

    Durst 80?


    If you are interested Second Hand Darkrooms have a Magnifax 4 for £249 - http://www.secondhanddarkroom.co.uk/...?p=3&cat=63261

    As for Enlarging Lenses, any good quality 100+mm lens (Rodagon, Componon, Componon S, El Nikkor) will do fine.

    The Minolta 50mm lens is a nice little unit, keep it for your 35mm Negs.

    Good luck and happy hunting

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    Thanks for all the input guys

    I was looking for something second hand and fairly cheap, the 6x9 functionalty isnt vital, so I think going with a 6x6 one will be better if its less limiting. I can always scan the 6x9 stuff. Come to think of it, i think I only have maybe one or 2 cameras that shoot 6x9, none of which get anywhere near as much use as the Bronica or Rolleiflex.
    Currently shooting: KMZ Horizont and Minox B

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    I really love my Besler 23C. It is built rock solid, easy and fun to use, and works EXTREMELY well for me! I HIGHLY reccomend them.
    Helping to save analog photography one exposure at a time

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    As I understand it, Beseler enlargers are quite rare in the UK. Otherwise I too would recommend a Beseler 23 series enlarger.

    If I were you, I'd look for a 4x5 enlarger if you expect to continue shooting 6x9.

    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blacknoise View Post
    Thanks for all the input guys

    I was looking for something second hand and fairly cheap, the 6x9 functionalty isnt vital, so I think going with a 6x6 one will be better if its less limiting. I can always scan the 6x9 stuff. Come to think of it, i think I only have maybe one or 2 cameras that shoot 6x9, none of which get anywhere near as much use as the Bronica or Rolleiflex.
    A 6x6 or 6x7 Enlarger will be less expensive.

    Plus if you are going to limit yourself to 6x6 or 6x7 you could go for a 75+mm standard enlarging lens or even a 60+mm WA (wide angle)

    Cheap is relative - Enlargers and Lenses sell for sensible money - so a bargain might also be a dog.

    Meopta Opemus Enlargers will do 6x6 and are probably the most cost effective.

    B&W only units retail for less than Colour, so if you are a B&W only guy then this is a way of reducing your expenditure.

    Multigrade Enlargers strangely often retail for more than full colour units

    If your searching flee-bay and are prepared to collect from across the country then you increase the chances of picking up a true bargain (Enlargers are heavy - so some people don’t want the hassle of packing them up properly and collect only items limit their Market appeal so always sell for less)

    Ffordes are worth a look – good descriptions and sensible prices - https://secure.ffordes.com/index.htm

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    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
    Currently shooting: KMZ Horizont and Minox B

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