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Medium Format Enlarger Recommendations


arhb 12 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2017 9:54PM
I have been considering buying a Paterson Universal enlarger for a few months now, but I thought I would have a word here with some fellow 'film' members to get a better perspective on what's good and what's not so good.
It'll be for medium format black and white prints, so if anyone can say what the Paterson is like, or recommend another brand/model, or simply give me some guidance on the subject, it'd be appreciated.

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Snapper Plus
14 4.4k 3 Scotland
23 Apr 2017 12:27AM
I think that Paterson were at the less exotic end of the market pricewise, so I'd suggest you might want to expand your horizons a bit. Your best bet will be to check your local Gumtree and set eBay for local listings, since you'll probably get a full bundle with lens and whatever as people clear things out. Makes like Durst and Meopta are well regarded, and a colour head can be set up to use with multigrade black and white papers. They will also be diffuser rather than condenser heads, so less of a problem with dust. If you are prepared to wait a bit you should be able to score some really cheap kit.
Paul Morgan 18 19.4k 6 England
23 Apr 2017 3:43AM
Try here, there`s few including medium format and 90 swivel (if its your thing for large blow ups) prices look quite good.

https://www.secondhanddarkroom.co.uk/index.php/s-h_enlargers/meopta/?k=:3:63261::0

Philh04 Plus
14 2.1k United Kingdom
23 Apr 2017 9:03AM
You can also look here if you want to purchase from a reputable dealer...

http://www.mrcad.co.uk/shopnoajax.ink?categoryid=153

Phil
thewilliam2 2 1.3k
23 Apr 2017 10:17AM
Are "professional" enlargers still available for silly low prices?

When we shut our processing facility, the two de Vere 504 enlargers fetched almost nothing. Indeed, many folk just dumped them into skips. Printing is a lot easier with a really good enlarger.
Nikonuser1 Plus
7 160 16 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2017 10:38AM
I have a LPL C 7700, and a LPL 7541(wall mounted) both are great enlargersGrinGrin

Cliff
arhb 12 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2017 10:51AM
Just my opinion, but since there's been a ressurgence amoungst yourg people for analogue tech, like cameras and record players, the prices are now higher than what they were 5-10 years ago.

Re the De Vere 504, can this be used for MF(6x4.5cm) as well as 5x4, via a change of lens?
I would also like the option to rotate the head to project onto a vertical wall for larger prints - do all enlargers have this option?
Snapper Plus
14 4.4k 3 Scotland
23 Apr 2017 10:53AM

Quote:Are "professional" enlargers still available for silly low prices?

When we shut our processing facility, the two de Vere 504 enlargers fetched almost nothing. Indeed, many folk just dumped them into skips. Printing is a lot easier with a really good enlarger.



There's a DeVere 504 listed local to me on ebay finishing tomorrow. It is said to be in full working order, has an Ilford Multigrade head, Beard 16x12 easel and a 150mm lens, plus other stuff including wall brackets, transformer, footswitch, etc. It is currently sitting at 56.08 with 4 bids. It's collection only, of course.
thewilliam2 2 1.3k
23 Apr 2017 2:48PM
Provided it's not too far, that might just be worth the journey. Twenty years back, the 504 would have cost well into 4 figures and I've never used a better enlarger,
Philh04 Plus
14 2.1k United Kingdom
23 Apr 2017 3:27PM
Severe 504's with Ilford 500 and 600 Multigrade heads are well into 4 figures still....
Philh04 Plus
14 2.1k United Kingdom
23 Apr 2017 3:35PM
Darned auto correct... Severe = Devere.
arhb 12 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2017 5:11PM
The Highlands is too far to drive unfortunately Sad
I have seen a Durst M605 with a fair amount of extras, excluding easel, for 150.
About 2-3 miles away.
Philh04 Plus
14 2.1k United Kingdom
23 Apr 2017 5:45PM

Quote:I have seen a Durst M605 with a fair amount of extras, excluding easel, for 150.
About 2-3 miles away.


That sounds a good deal, Durst were a good make, almost as respected as De Vere. An easel should be quite easy to source, a 4 blade Beard is probably the best to go for, avoid cheaper 2 blades...

Phil
jembo 15 139 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2017 9:02PM
Can recommend the Durst M605 - I have one and it's a nice poece of kit. Will take negs up to 6X6.
thewilliam2 2 1.3k
23 Apr 2017 10:50PM
The advantage of the de Vere is that the focus knob is on the front of the baseboard so we don't have to stretch and strain when making large prints, Really good lenses seem to have a shallower DoF so focus adjustment is critical.


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