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    What enlarger would you choose?

    When I move to my new house in Michigan, I will be building a darkroom. I have been out of gelatin silver printing for many years but spent 28 years of my life as a commercial/fine art photographer. I have extensively used 8x10 & 5x7 Durst, and 4x5 Beselar, Omega and Saunders enlargers but have little experience with smaller enlargers (used a Beselar 23C and Omega B22 a few times). When I build my darkroom, I will only be printing 120 (6x6) negatives.I will be printing B&W only and prefer a diffusion enlarger. I don't like the cold lights as much as the dichroic/multigrade heads.

    What medium format enlarger would you choose and why?

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    If you were closer I'd make you a great deal on a Beseler 23C II with a 23DGA dichroic head and power supply. Personally, I like Omega enlargers, and use a D-6 Pro Lab for everything. I used to print 35mm and 6x6 on dedicated C-700's. I still have three of them.
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    any of the omega enlargers will treat you well.
    i have and love a d3v but it might be overkill for 6x6.

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    I like the Saunders LPL 670 VCCE enlarger. Very easy to dial in different contrast amounts.

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    If I were you I would choose an enlarger from:

    1) those that you have some familiarity with and liked in the past; and
    2) those that you can get accessories for easily.

    The 4x5 enlargers work really well with 120.
    Matt

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    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    For that format and diffusion/colour head requirement, I would recommend the LPL C7700 Pro. It's rigid enough and easy to use, which are probably the only real requirements.

    Personally I would use my DeVere 504 (I own both it and a C7700 Pro) since it's even more rigid, but that's more bulky than it needs to be for MF.

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    Uh oh... i have never "just looked" at graflex.org. What have I been missing? Be right back...

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    "he's the man who never returned" apologies to the MTA song by Jacqueline Steiner and Bess Lomax Hawes.
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    handcoater,

    Another vote for a 4x5 enlarger, rather than anything smaller. More robust and rigid, and flexibility in case you later feel limited by medium format.

    Omega D's and Besler 45 units would likely be front runners due to availability in the USA. Along the same vein, parts and accessories for them will likely be available, long after the smaller units make their way to the second hand shops, dump, etc. Currently they are going cheap, and you might be able to get what you need for little more than just for showing up with something to haul it all away.

    Durst are great units (and I understand so are Deveres), but parts may be a problem (availability and expense)...

    To give you an idea where I put my money, currently own a D5 with dicro head (and condenser head in a box), and a Durst L184 8x10 with a condenser head I am setting up. But then again, I do shoot both 4x5 and 8x10...

    Hope that helps,

    Len

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