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    Just sharing a quick idea of 4x5 enlarger

    As availability of large format enlargers is next to nil over here, transport costs from Europe would be prohibitive etc, I decided to throw together my own.
    Consists of kinda beaten Linhof Kardan Standard mounted to Meopta Opemus 5 base, Plaubel international back and Epson 1200 transparency lid as cold light source and some black tape :P Holder made on plywood, need to make new for every format (9x12cm + 6x12cm in addition to 4x5).
    Exposure is via shutter, no VC filters yet (no big deal as I print on graded paper usually).

    In general appears to work, fighting with light leaks is a bit frustrating ofcourse. Aesthetically is not any beauty as well
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    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In this case, maybe change "beholder" with "print".

    Why not!
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    Linhof had something like this years ago: a special head for their 4x5 TC's.
    It does not have to be pretty as long as it works.

    Great job, congrad's !

    Peter

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    I've been wondering if that would work.

    I was actually considering a horizontal version, tripod and wall.
    Mark Barendt, Ignacio, CO

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    you are not crazy. I have as a display example a home made 35mm/127 enlarger head that I found in a junk bin at a camera show. It, from the look of the thing, was made from the combination of a kit for the condensers and lens, but otherwise is a mix of felt, masonite, and old soup cans and tobacco tins, etc.
    my real name, imagine that.

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    that is very nice!

    graflex used to sell what was called a "graflarger back"
    - a cold light head ( aristo ) that fit onto any camera
    with a graflock / international back.

    http://graflex.org/speed-graphic/acc...tml#Graflarger

    every once in a while they show up on Eboink
    ... i bought mine there and eventually sold it there too ...

    it looks like yours will work well too
    im empty, good luck

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    The use of an Epson transparency scanner lid is an especially interesting idea.

    Now that folks are nervous about the future of Aristo cold lights, your idea opens the door to a work-around.

    "Nesessity is the mother of invention"

    Welcome to the club of: If you can't buy it, make it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by werra View Post
    As availability of large format enlargers is next to nil over here, transport costs from Europe would be prohibitive etc, I decided to throw together my own.
    Consists of kinda beaten Linhof Kardan Standard mounted to Meopta Opemus 5 base, Plaubel international back and Epson 1200 transparency lid as cold light source and some black tape :P Holder made on plywood, need to make new for every format (9x12cm + 6x12cm in addition to 4x5).
    Exposure is via shutter, no VC filters yet (no big deal as I print on graded paper usually).

    In general appears to work, fighting with light leaks is a bit frustrating ofcourse. Aesthetically is not any beauty as well
    Does the transparency lid provide enough light for enlargements? What are your exposure times?
    Regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by RalphLambrecht View Post
    Does the transparency lid provide enough light for enlargements? What are your exposure times?
    For 2x enlargement (18x24cm paper) at f11 around 10 seconds on 20 years expired paper. Which is quite similar to time for the same paper using Meochrome head and 35mm film.
    And this paper is slow, MCP was 2-3 times faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by werra View Post
    For 2x enlargement (18x24cm paper) at f11 around 10 seconds on 20 years expired paper. Which is quite similar to time for the same paper using Meochrome head and 35mm film.
    And this paper is slow, MCP was 2-3 times faster.
    That's quite good, and I'm amazed. You've got something there!
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