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    Help With Purchasing Enlarger and Extras

    Hopefully this is okay to ask here.

    I have been looking around for some darkroom equipment to do some black and white printing. In my area someone is selling some darkroom equipment. They are asking $75.00 OBO for all this stuff. I have include some pictures I was sent from the seller. Everything in the images are include. Enlarger, timer, 6 trays, 35mm negative carrier and 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 negative carrier, omega 75mm f/4.5 enlarging lens w/f stop scale , 50mm f/35 enlarging lens w/ f-stop scale and box (7) variable contrast filter by Beseler for black and white printing and whatever else is pictured.

    This is within my budget but I don't know a whole lot about this stuff. I don't know the model of the enlarger, I know that it is Omega brand. Given everything is in working order does this look like its working going for? I would also like to be able to print 6x7. Would I be able to use this stuff if I got a 6x7 negative carrier or whatever else might be needed?

    Thanks for any information you can provide with this.
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    Don't see any pictures, but it sounds like its a med format omega or Bessler enlargers,there good enlargers. Dark room medium format equipment is going for a low price right now on ebay and Craigslist. Don't know about the 6X7 part .

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    Yes I just realized I forgot to add the photos. They are up now.

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    From the photo, it looks like maybe it's the Concept Six - http://www.khbphotografix.com/omega/
    On the left side, click on "discontinued enlargers" then look at that list. I don't know enough about Omegas to know if it can do 6x7.

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    Bessler 23C will handle up to 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 (6x9). Some have found them as cheap a $50 in good condition. I've been using one for nearly 40 years and it still looks and works like new.
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    Quote Originally Posted by justinphilip View Post
    Hopefully this is okay to ask here.

    I have been looking around for some darkroom equipment to do some black and white printing. In my area someone is selling some darkroom equipment. They are asking $75.00 OBO for all this stuff. I have include some pictures I was sent from the seller. Everything in the images are include. Enlarger, timer, 6 trays, 35mm negative carrier and 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 negative carrier, omega 75mm f/4.5 enlarging lens w/f stop scale , 50mm f/35 enlarging lens w/ f-stop scale and box (7) variable contrast filter by Beseler for black and white printing and whatever else is pictured.

    This is within my budget but I don't know a whole lot about this stuff. I don't know the model of the enlarger, I know that it is Omega brand. Given everything is in working order does this look like its working going for? I would also like to be able to print 6x7. Would I be able to use this stuff if I got a 6x7 negative carrier or whatever else might be needed?

    Thanks for any information you can provide with this.
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    My advice would be to hold on for an enlarger which can do 6x7 w/o modification. Those latter Omega's are capable enlargers (I loved my C- 700) but you should be able to do better than that.
    John, Mount Vernon, Virginia USA

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    The enlarger looks like Omega C-700 to me. I have no idea what it is that is sitting under the enlarger and has few knobs. If it were me, I'd be comfortable paying $75 assuming everything works as advertised. In fact, if everything works, I'd probably jump on it.

    Just to give you an idea, my enlarger has cost me $40. I paid $35 for the VC filters. I paid about $20 for the trays. I just bought a new timer for about $180, etc, etc, etc. You may not need everything in this package but for what you need, I think you are getting a good deal.

    Oh, I don't think C-700 can do 6x7... but since I do not have that model, I'll defer to others. Typically, IF the enlarger is capable of that size (which I don't *think* it is), you'll need negative carrier, condenser, and lens.

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    It looks like a good deal,find out about the 6x7 part, if you know the model, which it can of looks like a c-700, go do a google search for omaga ,c700.

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    It looks like it will do 6x7 (google omega c700). You will need the right negative carrier and a lens that will cover it. If it has something for 6x6, the lens may cover 6x7. It is a good deal. The C700 isn't the most robust enlarger around, but it will get you started and it is inexpensive!

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    I was wrong. It DOES do 6x7. Here's a link to the manual assuming it really is C700.

    http://www.darkroompro.com/pdf/enlargers/omega_c700.pdf
    According to its page 11, 6x7 (requires?) 105mm lens.

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