Newt and MattKing and zsas ... thanks... that is very helpful...
zsas... yes, you are right.... there are a lot of packages, including free ones. So... we did a bunch of reading, asked some different questions... and the general concensus seemed to be that Saunders was better made than the Beseler, and Omega, and really, the rest. A couple folks compared the Saunders to a combination of the Omega and the Durst.
Comments included "holds alignment really well, better than the rest"... Very smooth adjustment controls... easy to flip it around and make large prints on the floor (this is of special concern to Olga as she is only interested in large prints now... of course, that may change, but for now it is what it is...).
So... it seemed to make sense, given the current market, to be patient and hold out for First Prize.
What are thoughts for equipment? I purposely avoided asking this question originally as I thought it is kindof newbie.. and I think folks should do a lot of reading... and I have... but what the heck.... if folks would like to offer opinions, I would love to hear them... or if you would like to add links to other discussions, as I am sure there are many, I will read them. I am also giving them to Olga to read.
What enlarger would you prefer to have in your darkroom? Thanks again to everyone for their thoughts and help.... it really helps with trying to understand something that is impossible without hands on experience. We are trusting your valuable years of experience and expertise.... of course... tempered with opinions ...
It looks like we may have found one and we shall see if we can get the deal to go through...
But, I am still very interested in opinions of what is the "preferred" setup... although I know it is very much tempered with.... what are you going to do with it?? And right now... Olga is guessing as to what she will want in a year, or two... and what direction she might go. My feeling is always to do the best with what knowledge you have, and then if other equipment is better suited for future endeavors...well... then you find that equipment.... and enjoy it... and see where the journey leads you.
Who knows... if she somehow wound up with a large negative camera... well... then the solutions might change... Right now it is an older Elan and I also have a very old 2 1/4 bellows (maybe it is a 110, I can't remember... yes... I think that is it) that I took a lot of b&w with in the early 70's. She wants the largest prints she can make. And here I thought bigger is better was a guy thing.
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