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    From the better picture belfastdispatcher just supplied I can see that this enlarger is indeed a B-8; a good thing since the autofocus B-7 needs still more hard-to-find parts. Since you already bought it, just make sure you lay in a supply of enlarger bulbs that fit. Unlike enlargers that use the larger PH 211 or 212 bulbs, I doubt that any ordinary household bulb can be substituted. If you are in the UK and bulbs aren't available you could always use US 110v ones with the sort of transformer tourists use, but do get a supply while you can and congratulations on having one of the best medium format enlargers ever made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Marvin View Post
    One other (practical, not pedantic) point; if belfastdispatcher is in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as opposed to Belfast, Maine (as evidenced by his reference to a "kettle plug"), are bulbs available there for this enlarger? That's something important to check. The Omega B-8, as well as B-22 and older Beseler 23Cs, uses the slightly odd PH 111a bulbs. 110 V versions are still available in the US, but are these bulbs still made for 220 (or 240) V? If so, it would be a good idea to buy several ASAP, just in case.

    OTOH the enlarger just might have been converted to a different bulb. PH 111As use a small bayonet socket, like an automobile lamp socket, but higher voltage and no longer made. I've read that they can be converted to use PH 140 bulb (which use a small screw socket). Having a supply of bulbs is, obviously. very important. My solution was to but about a dozen bulbs, probably enough for a few lifetimes, as well as two extra Omega B lamphouses (for that oddball socket). This is a WONDERFUL enlarger, but I wouldn't want to have an enlaerger with just one used bulb., so please check on enlarging bulb availability.
    Aha, good point, I think it has already been changed as it looks out of place on the enlarger but what it has been changed to I don't know. I'll have to have a look at it.

    Yes, I live in Belfast Northern Ireland (but I was actually born and raised in Romania)

    As my battery is about to die I'm gonna wish you guys a happy new year and thank you again for your help!




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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Marvin View Post
    One minor point PDH; this is clearly a B-8 [or maybe autofocus B-7] a much better enlarger than a B-22. The B-8 (& B-7, etc.) and B-22 share the exact same lamphouse, but the B-22 has a thick single girder column, not a twin girder like the one pictured) and only handles 6 X 6, not 6 X 9. AFAIK the lamphouse is the ONLY part that can be interchanged between the two. The B-8 can use a number of parts (i.e. lens discs and cones) from the bigger (4 X 5) D-2.

    Now I'll stop being so damn pedantic :-)
    Thanks for the update, I thought all the Bs were 6X6 and the C were 6X9 and the D were 4X5 (I have a D3) and the F were 5X7 or 8X10?

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    Actually, I don't see the focusing knob, so maybe it IS a B-7; fine as long as you have the focusing tracks for the two lenses. The model designation should be on the plate on the right side of the enlarger carriage, just below the red knob in your photo. I'm curious; which is it?

    Your wife IS understanding, as is mine. My enlarger sits permanently on the cloths dryer in my combination darkroom/laundry room; she can't clean the dryer filter unless I move it for her.
    Last edited by Bob Marvin; 12-31-2013 at 03:28 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Marvin View Post
    Actually, I don't see the focusing knob, so maybe it IS a B-7; fine as long as you have the focusing tracks for the two lenses. The model designation should be on the plate on the right side of the enlarger carriage, just below the red knob in your photo. I'm curious; which is it?

    Your wife IS understanding, as is mine. My enlarger sits permanently on the cloths dryer in my combination darkroom/laundry room; she can't change the dryer filter unless I move it for her.
    It is a manual focus one, I don't think I would want an autofocus one, even my cameras I prefer to be manual focus. And old I have two Zeiss cameras from the 50s, a Zeiss Ikon Symbolica and a Zeiss Ikoflex, my only medium format camera as of yet.


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    While I have some battery left, I have another question, the 35mm film holder seems to crop my film quite a bit, is that normal?


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    Quote Originally Posted by belfastdispatcher View Post
    While I have some battery left, I have another question, the 35mm film holder seems to crop my film quite a bit, is that normal?


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    The viewfinder of many 35mm cameras also crops , so in the end it is usually OK. You can use a file to enlarge the opening also; that is a somewhat common modification.

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    I think it's a B-7; on my B-8 the lift lever to raise the head off the negative stage is located on the opposite side (left side looking from the front). Apparently some had a filter drawer in the lamphouse and some (early in the model) didn't. Mine has it and the Ilford 3x3 contrast filters work with just a bit of the corners snipped off.

    I'm pretty happy with the results I've gotten. I do mostly 6x6 and have acquired 50, 80 and 105 EL-Nikkors for it. I made my lens cones, as it was set up for 35mm when I bought it.

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    "Thanks for the update, I thought all the Bs were 6X6 and the C were 6X9 and the D were 4X5 "

    I think Omega was a bit inconsistent with their "B" and "C" designations; there were "C" 6 X 9 models early on and, I think, later "C" 6 X 7 models.

    "I think it's a B-7; on my B-8 the lift lever to raise the head off the negative stage is located on the opposite side (left side looking from the front)."

    My B-8 has the lift lever on the right also; I think it was moved to the left on later production machines.

    Also, my B-8 came without a filter drawer, but I was able to get one, and the part that holds it, from a partial B-8 being sold for parts on eBay. It's not essential, but I do prefer it to an under the lens filter holder.

    There are too things I especially like about this enlarger, compared to others I've owned:

    1. The inclined column, which makes it easier to print larger

    2. The rotating negative carrier, so that the image I'm printing can always be laid out horizontally on the baseboard–no need to rotate or re-set the easel.

    Also, it's really sturdy; pretty much like a 4 X 5 Omega D-2, but 1/3rd smaller.
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    "It is a manual focus one, I don't think I would want an autofocus one, even my cameras I prefer to be manual focus. And old"

    Me too, although I don't think an autofocus enlarger, being all mechanical, would be as much of a PITA as an autofocus camera :-)

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