more than a year after I started to consider getting an enlarger here I am again. Meanwhile we moved into a rather small flat what implies some limitations. Still - the kitchen size should allow me to give some darkroom activities a chance - say prints up to 8x10 or so.
So - the plan is to look for a 35mm OR 6x6/6x7 enlarger. I would go for a 35mm model only if it should be considerably smaller then a 6x6/6x7 model.
Currently I shoot 35mm (a bit, but more is planned) , 6x6 (quite a bit) and 4x5 (less than I would like to). As I do not plan larger than 8x10 prints and given the space conditions the 4x5 for the near future out of question - this leaves the two smaller formats as candidates for enlarging.
I want to do ONLY B&W - on multi contrast baryt/fiber papers. I will also do 4x5 contact printing and want to use the enlarger as a light source.
Given on what I have read I would prefer an enlarger with a diffused light source.
The question is:
Which enlarger is stable, reasonably compact (or easy to take apart), but still align-able. Also if some spare parts (bulbs etc) are necessary - for which models there is a chance to find some (and where)
Should you have some particular model in mind - please do mention what accessories it should come along. I know there is lot of small stuff one needs to actually do something.
thank you in advance