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    Omega B-22 or B-6

    You shoot 35mm and MF (nothing larger than 6x6)
    Both are reasonably priced
    You only have space for one

    Which would you choose?

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    Which ever one looks to be in the best condition, and offers the most accessories in the deal. Both are similar, maybe if one has a longer column, I would go for that, unless you arent going to print anything larger than 11x14. Talk them both down, and keep one in storage for back-up and extra parts. Then, of course, you can always buy my B-66 Pro Lab, and have a condensor head and a dichro head with some other needed items. Sorry, I had to plug one of my machines.
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    B22. Both are good, but parts and accessories for the B22 are much more widely available.
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    Yeah after googling and searching .. tons of info/parts people using D22's but not much info specific to the B6's ... found some stuff on the B8's and B600's ... I think the size of the B22 is fine for what I need at home, plus the guy is moving so he's gonna throw in a bunch of extra darkroom goodies.

    However, the B6 is only $60 .... with more darkroom goodies. Maybe I should just grab both, hehe.

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    Make sure the B-22 has its filter drawer. They are often missing.
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    B22 was my first. Very simple & rigid. if you think you may want to go larger than 6X6 then the B6.

    Get 'em both & you can be picky about what extra darkroom stuff to keep & what to get rid of. If you get a couple of good pieces out of the extra kit so much the better.
    Sell off the excess.
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    I've got the B-22 with a color head. I've had it since, well I think anyway, it was late 60's or early 70's when I bought it. It came with the condenser and then I upgrades to the color head. I use the filters in the color head for VC paper. Never had a problem with it. It's light & easy to move. I've got it on a card table in a bathroom that, if we get guests, can be moved very easily.

    My recommendation go with the B-22. I believe mine is the XL with the longer thingy to move the head up & down.
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    Anyone know if the negative carriers are interchangeable between these two?

    Eh, never mind I think I can see that they are not :-)

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    Picked up the B-22 ... in great shape, just needs some light cleaning. Has the filter drawer, both condensors + the extra one (which i assume is for 35mm work?) Also has an under lens filter holder. I believe its the XL column ... if it was any taller it wouldn't fit where I put it, hah.

    Gonna rip some prints tomorrow evening!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5stringdeath View Post
    + the extra one (which i assume is for 35mm work?)
    Yes. Not strictly needed, but that's what it is for.

    You did well.
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