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    Best Quality - Most Compact?

    I may be forced to down size and could use
    a 6x6 or 6x7 capable enlarger. Likely would shop
    eBay. I now use an Omega B8 and have a Meopta
    dichro on the shelf. If I could some where find a
    condenser head for it that might work.

    I think though the Meopta some what more bulky
    than some others out there. I could go for a 6x6 as
    I've not shot much 6x7. Put another way, what's
    the most enlarger for the least size? Dan

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    I think the Omega might be a good choice. The vertical, single column is much less bulky than a Beseler 23 series with its two girders. It would be pound foolish, though, to get one that wouldn't accomodate the largest neg you plan to enlarge. Whatever you choose, it should be able to be aligned, have no light leaks (which, of course, you can modify yourself) and be rock steady when you're using it. After that, it's the quality of the lens that matters the most. Good luck.
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    Dear Dan,

    The smallest Omegas I have seen are still bigger than a Meopta Magnifax, of which we use two. Any further size saving would, I think, be minimal, and I've owned maybe a dozen enlargers over the last 40 years.

    Cheers,

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    The smallest 6x6 enlargers I've seen are the old Durst 6xx series. Construcion quality seems high but I can't speak to their light output.

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    I've got an old Omega B66 bolted to the counter. No baseboard. How small do you want? By small do you mean short? Do you mean the baseboard? I stuck the colour head I got on it so I guess it's now a 6x7 enlarger.

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    The Omega B22/B22XL had a very compact head. The XL model was bulky only in being pretty tall--may not work with low ceilings. I used an XL model for many years and it was well constructed and reliable. It didn't do 6x7 negatives, if I remember correctly--only 6x6.

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    It seems to me that there are 2 dimensions, height and the footprint, including space for the easel. What size prints and how much space will you have, counter space and ceiling height to work with?

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    Belelar 67 is very small, almost as small as the 35mm beselar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markok765
    Belelar 67 is very small, almost as small as the 35mm beselar
    Hope your holiday is going well, Marko.

    You have to be careful which Beseler 67 you are getting. I have one of the Beseler 67C enlargers that I bought in the mid 1970s. It has a single, large (and fairly massive) support girder. The newer models can have either a double support, like the 23CII, or a single, much smaller support, on the more recent models.

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    Mine is just the 67. the girder is about 4 cm each side.
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