For medium format I use a LPL (Rollei branded) 670 MXL/7700 and a Leitz 1c
The LPL 7700 is a great enlarger. However its heavy to move when I switch to a Leitz 1c or Valoy II. I find having a color and condenser head is useful. The LPL is easy to change out heads, very similar to a Durst 605.
I recently acquired a Valoy II, Leitz 1c and LPL 7700 CXL (condenser) for a community DR. For prints on 8x10 paper the Valoy is a delight to use. Its so small and the helical with illuminated Nikkor 50mm is user friendly. The Leitz 10x12 wood easel is a perfect companion to the Valoy.
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They're the same enlarger. Depends on who the importer was/is. 4 of my 5 LPL's are Saunders/LPL. My newest LPL is Omega/LPL. Same enlarger all made by LPL in Japan.
Originally Posted by brucemuir
Three. 6x6cm and 13x18cm Meopta and 6x9cm Azov.
In Use:2 1x Omega D5xl with Ilfospeed 400HL head (used for MF)
1x Meopta Axomat (for 35mm)
Awaiting rewiring and some cleaning: 1x Durst 606, which will go to a friend went it's done
In pieces, in boxes, several. I might keep the column of an old Magnifax, but I might scrap the rest
Nine but only three in use in my darkroom (DeVere 5108, Durst 670 and Focomat V35) The other six I keep just in case.
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I have three as well-- an LPL C7700 pro which takes up tp 6x9 format which I bought, a Durst M601 and a Durst M305 with the Durst Cls 305 colour head, both given -- I have various lenses now -- a 105mm f4.5 E-Rokkor, a 50mm f4.5 E-Rokkor, an 80mm f5.6 Componon ( given) a 50mm f4 El-Nikkor
(came with the free Durst M305) a 50mm f2.8 El-Nikkor my ex-wife bought me ( luckily she didn't take it when she went ! ) and a 3.25 inch Wray 'Supar' f4.5 which came with the free Durst M601.
An 'Old Dog still learning New Tricks !
An 8x10 Elwood, a 5x7 Elwood, 2 4x5 Beseler's set up to use, plus an Omega D2V in storage in the basement.
Too many. But as I told the wife, I'd only stay with one system!;
Durst Laborator L1200 Multigraph
Durst M805 Multigraph
Durst Laborator L1200 Elite 2000 MOT with VLS501
Durst Laborator L1200 with VLS500 & CLS450 heads
Durst Laborator L1200 Femokit Condenser
Durst Laborator L900 with VLS500 & CLS450 & Condenser heads
How many people use enlargers in parallel or at the same time? Or with multiple people printing at once? I've often wondered in home darkrooms how much the edge fogging is if I wanted to have a friend print at the same time.
I mean it's a separate light source so it should fog but you see multiple enlarger setups in schools, labs, etc. and I've always wondered how they dealt with it or how much of a problem it was. I couldn't imagine that the matte black surrounds prevent all fogging.
Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.
Well, I started the day with one. An Omega B22.
Then my boss dropped by around 3:30 and mentioned that he saw a couple of enlargers at ReStore. ReStore closes at 5, and I couldn't get out of the office until 4:30. Thirty minutes to make it 10 miles in DC traffic. 4:55 I throw the car into park and bolt in their door.
"Hey, I heard you guys have a couple of photo enlargers. Any idea where they are?"
"Photo enlargers?? What are those?"
"Oh, you know, they're about so tall, with a metal frame, and a box with bellows attached to it."
"Oh yeah, those. Right down that aisle."
And there sat, side by side on a dolly, a dusty but beautiful Beseler 23C II with a 50mm Nikon lens, a 35mm carrier and an electronic elevator, another dusty but also beautiful Beseler D-67 with a functioning 67S dichro colorhead and a 35mm and 6x7 diffuser, a 35mm carrier, and an 8x10 Bogen easel with nice flat square blades. No price tags.
"Hmm...how much are you guys asking for these?"
"Uh...no idea. We're not sure what they are really. How much would you offer?"
"How's $20 each?"
"How about $30 each and we'll throw in everything else on the dolly?"
Twenty minutes of grunting, groaning and coaxing these babies into the trunk and back seat later and I'm on my way to lala land.
So now I've got three.