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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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    I thought that I would only print 120 6x6s as the largest size and only black & white. The first reasonably priced enlarger in good condition was a Omega 5D-EX with a Chromega Dichroic II head. The seller who was a photofinisher convince me that the diffusing color head would work for black & white. Well, because I spent too much time at APUG [note to self: stay away from APUG], I now develop and print film from single frame 35mm, 35mm, 120 6x6 and 4"x5" in black & white and color.

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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

    “Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”

    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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