More than God —or Goddess— ever intended one human to ever own . . .
I hereby confess before you, my peers, that I am a compulsive enlarger buyer — or, sometimes, a ready and willing receiver of enlarger donations from fellow —or I should say, former!— printers who are curing themselves of the same disorder (aka: a "sucker"). This has of course been exacerbated by the drastic price drops in used enlargers that corresponded with the rise of digital photography. Not my fault.
My only reasonable explanation (or excuse) is that —as a former Durst tech rep— I know the quality behind certain enlargers. It's impossible for me to resist snapping up a Durst M605, complete and pristine, when it's only 40 euros, or when a friend tells me that he's about to throw out an enlarger and asks, "Do you want it?", I answer, "Certainly not I have too many as it is what kind is it?".
Him: "A Focomat with the lens".
Me: "I hate you for this when do you want me to drop by?"
Just last week I missed obtaining an 8x10 Kienzle which belonged to a famous French photographer. As I understand it, it was being given away (honest). But it went instead to another sucker. Whew! That was close. Anyway, I dont have anymore space in the kitchen for that! (...though, on second thought, with a high enough wattage lamp, perhaps I could've bake cookies in it).
But seriously, since I see a lot of young people walking around with film cameras at the moment (OK.. sometimes just as a fashion accessory!) I was thinking recently that it'd be a good idea to teach darkroom printing and —at the end of the course— include a small enlarger in the (low) price, as well as free follow-up advice. This would be to encourage these younger photographers to continue developing and printing at home...and maybe in a small way help preserve our craft and pass the torch along (as well as contribute to keeping film alive!).
Just an idea, for the moment ... Otherwise, it'll soon be "Swap Meet Heeere I come!" (cause I ain't got time for flea-bay).
Last edited by Christopher Nisperos; 01-31-2013 at 12:48 PM. Click to view previous post history.
Well, personally, I wonder what happened to Enlzilla. The one bigger than my car that Sean got a hold of several years ago.
Dang...we are about to toss out a Durst M605...so it goes
and, no, I can not sneak it out and give it to someone...it has a university property tag on it...
At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.
Always sad to hear these things; my college also "tossed" several 5x4 enlargers, rather than sell them. Even offered to buy them, but they refused and they were taken to the tip.
Originally Posted by Vaughn
Never understand why educational/government institutes do this - surely some cash is better than none?
Thankfully their last clear-out went to auction, but anything that didn't sell - you guessed it, got dumped. Crazy - I would have happily taken the 10 6x7 enlargers off their hands, but they refused to sell to me; seems some rules aren't made to be flexible, rather idiocy reigns.
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I would have loved to get a M605 to replace my M600.
Oh well, that would be a 6 hour drive to get up to Humbolt County. a bit too far to drive.
Although with proper disposal paperwork university (and company) equipment can be sold to others. But the beurocracy is what it is.
Just because someone is educated, does not mean that they can figure out how to get out of a bed in the morning.
Originally Posted by ozphoto
Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!
Nothing beats a great piece of glass!
I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.
Omega D5 with a home-brewed LED head
I'm looking forward to buy a 8x10 enlarger (the smallest possible) but they are not very common here in New Zealand
Originally Posted by Sirius Glass
A Durst L1200, Leica V35, Leica 1C with Ilford MG head and a Beseler 23C, guess that makes four. Like to have a Leitz 11C, but too expensive, and nearly won an Agfa like Sean has but missed out, I believe that they are really good.