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    Omega B600

    I'm not sure if this is the correct forum for my question, so if not; moderator, please move it to the proper forum. And now for the question: I am considering going back to an entirely analog process from my present hybrid method. I sold my enlarger (Omega B22XL) a number of years ago when a downsize was necessary. An Omega B600 has just become available at a very reasonable price. I shoot 645, 6X6, 6X9 and 35mm. Is the B600 a reasonable interim option? Appreciate any input.
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    Its good up to 6x6 or 6x7(cant remember), so 6x9 would be a problem. I suppose you could get by with one until you find a bigger machine to handle 6x9, like a beseler 23c II or such.
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    The B600 is limited to a maximum negative size of 6x6, and has a non-removeable lensboard.

    I wouldn't recommend it to someone shooting the variety of formats you shoot.

    A Beseler 23C series enlarger would give you the 6x9 capacity you may need.

    EDIT: Here is KHB's page on the B600:

    http://www.khbphotografix.com/omega/...inued/B600.htm
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    Thanks for your answers. I kind of thought that might be the case. I will pass on this one.

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    Get a 4x5 enlarger if you have space for it. They aren't any more expensive than most MF models and it's just a short matter of time until the LF bug hits.

    If it must be a MF enlarger, I would stay away from the B600. OTOH, they have been known to sell for $30 - which does sort of enhance their appeal.
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    Thank you Jason.
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    OK, will do.
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