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    I'll add to the "I'm buying an enlarger" threads...

    I totally lucked out and I wanted to share.

    On a whim last night I found a Craigslist post for an enlarger. At the price it was going for I figured that it would've already been gone, but I emailed the guy just in case, remembering that this *is* Iowa and stranger things have happened. He emails me back and says that yes, he's serious, and also that he didn't want to have to ship it.

    http://desmoines.craigslist.org/pho/982902657.html

    D5XL with Dichro head and accessories for a whopping $300 and a couple loaves of homemade bread.

    I am SO freaking excited. I can't even tell you how much I've been jumping around today. I feel somewhat like Christmas is coming a little late this year.

    I'm about to search the forums for information. It comes with the manual on CD so I plan to print it and have it with me when I put it together. Any info you can point me to would be great.
    No idea what's going to happen next, but I'm hoping it involves being wrist deep in chemicals come the weekend.

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    Congratulations, Stephanie!

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    Excellent enlarger!

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    I've never been so excited. I'm so happy I'm cleaning my house! Well, trying. I'm also looking up enlarger information.

    One hour and 15 minutes until Adam gets home and I can tell him the news.

    Anyone want to give me ideas as to what lens for what? 80mm for 6x6, obviously, and 50mm for 35mm, but what for 4x5? I was thinking a 150mm and someone else mentioned that a 150mm would be a good fit. I'd like some suggestions, though.
    No idea what's going to happen next, but I'm hoping it involves being wrist deep in chemicals come the weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephanie Brim View Post
    I've never been so excited. I'm so happy I'm cleaning my house! Well, trying. I'm also looking up enlarger information.

    One hour and 15 minutes until Adam gets home and I can tell him the news.

    Anyone want to give me ideas as to what lens for what? 80mm for 6x6, obviously, and 50mm for 35mm, but what for 4x5? I was thinking a 150mm and someone else mentioned that a 150mm would be a good fit. I'd like some suggestions, though.
    Stephanie,

    Congratulations. A 150 or most 135 enlarging lenses would do for 4x5. I've used the D5XL for decades in labs and my own darkroom.

    Lee

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    BRAVISSIMA, STEPHANIE!!
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    Congrats! Wonderful enlarger. Always wanted one of those!

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    WOW! Nice.

    Way to score.

    Either 135 or 150 will work for 4x5....the 150 is probably better if you're not trying to print super-duper large on the baseboard...and even if you are, you can get pretty darned large prints with a 150 on the D5XL.


    Congrats!

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    Start with a 135mm and use it for the 6x6 and 4x5!

    Mike

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    Nice find, enjoy it.

    I have a D5 with 80, 105, 135 and 150 mm lenses, all Nikkors.
    The 135 will work for 4x5 but I use the 150 especially as the click stops on the 135 are a bit messed up.

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