A fellow APUG'er was kind enough to post a hint that a local school was giving away four Leitz Focomat V35 enlargers for free, and I was lucky enough to get one of them. I normally use a hybrid workflow, and have not made prints with an enlarger since elementary school, so I am pretty clueless on how to check if it is in working condition. The lens is there, and there is a multigrade module on the side of the enlargers head, but the timer unit seems to be missing.
So, guess it boils down to these questions:
- Is this particular enlarger any good?
- Anything special I should look for when examining it?
- Are timer units enlarger specific (ie do I need to find a Leitz?)?
- The enlargers I remember working with back in school did not have multigrade modules, where can I find more information on what that it does?