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  1. #11

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    I have a Omega B66xl and a Beseler 23c.
    The Omega gets the use because at this time I don't shoot anything larger than 6x6 (8x10 pinhole doesn't count).
    Its easier to move (part-time bathroom/darkroom setup) and its easer to use. It goes up and down, with no rotational movements to worry about(alignment). The VC filters cost less because I don't have to use the 6x6 inch filters.
    Until I get a permament darkroom or I start shooting larger than 6x6, the Omega will be my enlarger.

    I would reccommend a Omega B22/B66 series to anyone who needed a condenser enlarger for 6x6 and smaller.


    Dan

  2. #12

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    Fujimoto enlargers come pretty compact and light-weight, though there are a lot of plastic parts on them.

  3. #13

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    [QUOTES=Paul Howell]
    "It seems to me that there are 2 dimensions,
    height and the footprint, including space for the easel."

    I'd add weight as a part of the total bulk.

    "What size prints and how much space will you have,
    counter space and ceiling height to work with?"

    A 11x14 capable enlarger would do although 12x16
    from full frame would interest me more.

    What about the Bogen 22s from not too many years
    ago; the A or the B? Any body know the difference?
    Way way back IIRC I got started with an enlarger
    which had no condensers. I think it had a bulb
    in a large globe shaped head. Maybe a
    diffuser glass lower down? Dan

  4. #14

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    Bogen and Vivtair made some good mid range enlargers. For a full frame 11X14 or 12X16 I think any of the 6X6 enlargers mentioned so far will work well. The Durst will project to a wall, and the Omega to the floor for even larger prints, I am unsure of the Bessler. I have a Durst 6X6 with a color head, I have not measured the base boards, but it not much smaller than my Omega D, but the Omega is much taller and heavier. With a a Drust you need both condenser sets, 35mm and 6X6, and if you have the color head both mixing boxes. Mine has an adjustable masking negative carrier.

    Which ever enlarger you chose make sure you have good glass.

  5. #15

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    You do not explain why compactness and low weight are important. I can see these two charcteristics as being more important in an enlarger that must be set up and then stowed away. I can see compactness as being important so that the enlarger will be able to be placed in a location...a 8 foot tall column with 7 feet of headroom is a very definite problem. Quality and versatility are also important. You have made no mention of budget. Of course someplace along the line budget catches up with all of us.

    My advice: Durst M70. Light, no, compact, not particularly. Cheap, no, but cheaper then ever in the past Quality and versatility, as good as it gets in an enlarger to handle up to 6x9.
    Claire (Ms Anne Thrope is in the darkroom)

  6. #16

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Shively
    The Omega B22/B22XL had a very compact head.
    A comment made on a 35mm forum told that the
    Omega B22s made good 35mm enlargers. IIRC it
    was not intended to be a complement. Dan

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