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    I have a similar durst with a color head as a second enlarger. It can easly be turned to project to the wall so you can make 11X14 or 16X20 without much effort. It has a filter drawer so you can use either Kodak filters. Even if you upgrade later a small 35mm is a good backup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geraldatwork
    I would look for a better enlarger. You don't have to spend a fortune but for $100-150 or so if you are patient you can do a lot better probably including a better lens.
    That's a bit over subjective.

    Actually Durst enlargers are one the best European made enlargers (Italian so think Ferrari) and if it's in good condition then it would be extremely difficult to do better regardless of price. It appears to be going for a song, and the savings would more than pay for everything else needed.

    The build quality of the M301 & M601 is the same as more modern Durst's only differances are better integration of colour head, cosmetic and more plastic parts on later models. When this model was in production Durst also made a cheap & cheerfull 35mm enlarger, racking my brain cell I think it was a CL35.

    If I was looking for an enlarger having seen and used a great variety I'd only buy a De Vere or a Durst. I've 2 + Durst's and a hybrid De Vere/Johnsons 5"x4". (A friend has the other half of the De Vere/Johnsons hybrid).

    As it happens I'm happily bidding for 5"x4" & larger Durst's and De Vere's of a similar vintage to the M301 as having used Durst's for over 30 years I have every confidence that they are one of the best enlargers available.

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    Taking the suggestion to check Craig's list, I found this
    http://www.craigslist.org/sby/sys/62048373.html

    It is a factor of 10 up in price from the ebay listing I found, but it will do larger format.

    He claims a 4x5 holder, but can enlarger do 4x5?

    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattCarey
    Taking the suggestion to check Craig's list, I found this
    http://www.craigslist.org/sby/sys/62048373.html

    It is a factor of 10 up in price from the ebay listing I found, but it will do larger format.

    He claims a 4x5 holder, but can enlarger do 4x5?

    Matt
    No it can't. I think he means 6x4.5 as it is between 35mm and 6x6 in the list.

    Bob.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattCarey
    Taking the suggestion to check Craig's list, I found this
    http://www.craigslist.org/sby/sys/62048373.html

    It is a factor of 10 up in price from the ebay listing I found, but it will do larger format.

    He claims a 4x5 holder, but can enlarger do 4x5?

    Matt
    I have rethought this idea--and I think the first enlarger (Durst M301 for $40) is a better fit for me. I have to admit that with my time constraints (which are just getting worse*) a small, cheap enlarger makes sense. If I want to enlarge 4x5, I will take it in to a lab. For now, 35mm enlarged, 6x9 and 4x5 contact for me!

    I sent a message to the guy with the Durst.

    Matt

    * Kid #2 on the way in two months. I figure no time for darkroom for a good 6 months after that!

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    I have been using mine for a while. I have the colour head, the colour analyser and the copy head (never used). Get rid of the small base. The analyser is not useable any more, have not been able to get the mercury cells. But the enlarger is great for 8X10. Had a minor problem with the lense (since replaced), it started to come apart! So, if the aperture ring starts getting loose just make sure it is not coming unscrewed. It can come to pieces.

    Tom
    I was going to try pornography, but could not find any used pornographs

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuck94022
    Matt, by the way, another great source for used enlargers in the bay area is CraigsList. www.craigslist.com. Go to For Sale, type in "darkroom" or "enlarger" in the general for sale category, and you'll see tons of stuff, all within driving distance.

    -chuck
    Chuck--good call.

    I just got 2 enlargers from Craig's list. Both Beseler: a 23C and a 67C. The 67C needs some cleaning, but the 23C looks to be in good shape. The 67C is missing the board as well. Two enlargers, 3 lenses (All beslars, 2x50mm and 1x75 or 80mm), $40.

    Now I need to get some negative carriers (6x9 and 35mm) and I am on my way!

    Matt

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    beslars are not bad lenses to start with, even though you may want to acquire some good lenses.
    Rodenstocks, Nikkors are the best (IMHO)
    Mama took my APX away.....

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