Switch to English Language Passer en langue française Omschakelen naar Nederlandse Taal Wechseln Sie zu deutschen Sprache Passa alla lingua italiana
Members: 70,277   Posts: 1,534,819   Online: 829
      
Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1

    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Armidale, NSW, Australia
    Shooter
    35mm RF
    Posts
    264

    Durst M600 v Meopta Axomat 5

    I am just in the process of setting up my darkroom - well a dark room shared with the laundry ;-) I've picked up two enlargers recently... a Durst M600 and a Meopta Axomat 5. I have a selection of lenses I can use, but will probably start with a Nikkor 50 f2.8 based on recommendations here.

    I am only interested in 35mm (for now) and was wondering if anyone could advise which enlarger might be better to start with? They both seem in good condition but on first inspection I think I like the Axomat's loading system better. Not sure if this is the reality in practice. I'll get around to trying both, but if anyone could offer some advice I'd appreciate it. I guess I am after ease-of-use - that's the main criteria.

    Thank you.

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Shooter
    35mm
    Posts
    13
    Go with whichever one has more accessories with it (negative carriers etc.) It's not hard to find enlargers second hand these days, but it's extremely tricky sometimes to find all the missing bits you need!!

    ~S

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Armidale, NSW, Australia
    Shooter
    35mm RF
    Posts
    264
    Quote Originally Posted by Steinberg2010 View Post
    Go with whichever one has more accessories with it (negative carriers etc.) It's not hard to find enlargers second hand these days, but it's extremely tricky sometimes to find all the missing bits you need!!

    ~S
    Good advice - thanks. Both have everything I need however. I guess the only possible tangible differences would be quality of carriers (ability to hold film flat) and the quality of the light source. Not sure if one considered better than the other. Durst has more of a reputation but I am assuming the Axomat is a more recent enlarger.

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Finland
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    92
    Durst throws more light.
    If you ever have to make a big enlargement of an overexposed negative with an Axomat you will get bored...
    A minor annoyance, really.

  5. #5
    andrew.roos's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Durban, South Africa
    Shooter
    Medium Format
    Posts
    397
    Images
    12
    Does either have a colour head? If so, I'd suggest that one so you can use multigrade paper without filters.

  6. #6

    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Shooter
    35mm
    Posts
    67
    I own the M600 and though the enlarger is durable, the negative carrier design is my least favorite of any enlarger I've used.

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Armidale, NSW, Australia
    Shooter
    35mm RF
    Posts
    264
    Thanks everyone. Started printing today with guidance from a fellow apuger (thanks tomalophicon!) using the Meopta. Went really well! I just like the neg carrier better but will definitely try the Durst with some 6x6 negs very soon. I am sure I will bore you all with questions over the coming months ;-) Thanks for your help. So far so good!



 

APUG PARTNERS EQUALLY FUNDING OUR COMMUNITY:



Contact Us  |  Support Us!  |  Advertise  |  Site Terms  |  Archive  —   Search  |  Mobile Device Access  |  RSS  |  Facebook  |  Linkedin