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    Durst enlarger

    Hi,

    I have a question is this a good enlarger set? I recently started (finally) shooting 8x10 negs and this one came up for a decent price.
    - Durst Color Laborator 184
    - Durst CLS 301 box
    - Durst Lamot 220 electronic bediening
    - Durst Digitim 2000 electronic timer
    - Durst TRA 301 stabilised powersupply
    - Complete set quality lenses
    - Masks for different negatives sizes up to 10x10 inch
    - easel with compressor

    I tried searching on google but I am looking for some feedback from users here as well.
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    Peter,
    I just recently acquired a L184 chassis with a V184 condenser head. Still getting bits I need to make it fully operational, but that is coming together. It looks like that would not be an issue with the system you are looking at as it looks to be complete, and that would provide considerable value for you.
    No question it well built; rigidity will not be an issue.
    You might want to take a look or ask the question on the Large Format Photography Forum web site.
    Hope that helps,
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    Thanks Len, I followed your advice.
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    Peter....

    You'll have what many regard as the 'Rolls Royce of enlargers'.
    I used a Durst 138s (at work) for years..... and still enjoy my 30 year-old L1000 at home.


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    Good to know. I can pick it up next friday. Already heard the cls 301 is not the best part but for starters it should do I geuss.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter de Groot View Post
    Good to know. I can pick it up next friday. Already heard the cls 301 is not the best part but for starters it should do I geuss.
    You do realize you will need a truck or minivan at least to transport this beast? My L1200, also considered "professional", already weighs in at a hefty 30-40 kg. And it only goes to 4x5 max and doesn't have a full framework to stand on, like the L184. IDK, but the L184 could easily be over 100 kg looking at some pictures of it...
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    I have the G139 (L184 base with 138S head) - you'll definitely need a hand to move it.
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    It will be deconstructed for convenient moving. So a car and a thing that you put behind it(i forgot the english name) should suffice me thinks. But it is huge indeed. I will have to store it first so I can make some room at home. I hope it will fit.
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    Peter,
    The whole thing breaks down fairly well, after all they needed to ship them all over the world...
    A car and trailer should be able to get it home. My brother and I used a small open pick up truck with a tarp covering it in the back. You might want to bring some pentrating oil if the various bits have been sitting together for a very long time.
    It does separate into two main pieces, the bottom table stage and the upper column with the enlarging head. The upper column and enlarging head will be the most ackward to move and you might want to remove the head prior to removing the upper column from the table stage, if it can be easily done.
    Your main issue in setting it up will be an issue of ceiling height, unless you are looking at horizontal projection. In my case I located it so that the head rises between the floor joists.
    Good luck and enjoy,
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    Thanks for the info Len. I think the guy selling it knows a fair deal about the enlarger so I should be ok. I heard the main colom is 2,30 meters tall and my ceiling is 2,50 meters. I should be able to get it in there. Not planning to make really big prints yet so that should be fine to. Well see. I let you know.
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