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    Scored my first enlarger

    Hey guys. I'm about to take the next step in my analog walk. Some of you know, I started with a DSLR last year and a wise friend loaned (and then gifted) me a Mamiya (which is now tattooed on my arm). Although I'm happily souping my own film, prints have consisted of scanning the negatives and then sending off JPEG's to be printed digitally.

    Well I've got a basic darkroom getting started apparently. The new haul contains a Bogen X-35 enlarger with a 35mm film holder. I have a little bit of 35mm negatives to play with but really I need to find a 120 film holder that will work with this enlarger (most of what I shoot is 120). The enlarger itself seems completely functional.

    I also have a fancy looking timer now, a GraLab 450.

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    If you can't find a suitable holder online, just make one out of stiff cardboard. The stuff on the backs of legal pads works great. Paint it flat black.

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    Quote Originally Posted by viridari View Post
    [I have a Mamiya camera and a] Bogen X-35 enlarger with a 35mm film holder ... I need to find a 120 film holder that will work with this enlarger
    TTBOMK, this enlarger only takes 35mm, hence the moniker.

    You don't mention the Mamiya model you have. Not all '120' enlargers may work with your negatives. There are many enlargers that take 6x6 120 from a C-220/330 or folder, a few that take 6x7 from an RB/RZ and fewer that take 6x9 from a Universal/Press 23. If you have a 645 than any 120 enlarger will work.

    Quote Originally Posted by viridari View Post
    I also have a fancy looking timer now, a GraLab 450.
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    f-Stop Timers - Enlarging Meters
    http://www.darkroomautomation.com/da-main.htm

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    good for you viridari.. me myself is waiting for my first enlarger..
    can't wait for it to arrive..
    may you have a pleasant journey ahead..

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    Just noticed we're not too far apart. I actually trek up to Raleigh fairly often, as well as down to Charlotte.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Lindan View Post
    You don't mention the Mamiya model you have.
    It's the one in the tattoo that I linked to in the OP. Specifically it's a C330.

    99.999% of my stuff is 6x6. I have some 6x9 from WW2 taken by my grandfather which I've managed to scan but someday I'd like to try getting prints from the better ones.

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    The lens on it is "VOSS 1:3.5 50mm No. 54522" (Made in Japan)

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    Quote Originally Posted by viridari View Post
    The lens on it is "VOSS 1:3.5 50mm No. 54522" (Made in Japan)
    *****
    The price was right. It's a so=so lens; be sure to stop it down to f/11. Perhaps your next purchase should be a better-quality enlarging lens.
    John, Mount Vernon, Virginia USA

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    Quote Originally Posted by viridari View Post
    The lens on it is "VOSS 1:3.5 50mm No. 54522" (Made in Japan)
    I used to use that lens before I got my Fuji one.

    Works pretty good if your making enlargements 11x14 and smaller. It has always delivered good results!

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    Could U send me a .jpg of the 35mm film holder I have the same Bogen X-35 enlarger with no instruction book or film holder just ordered a new 211 bulb for it. Want to see if I can setup something to teach kids about film. Send .jpg to stressed61614 at yahoo dot com

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