Which enlarger to keep?

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  1. PlasticSpanner

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    Posted this in the Equipment forum but I suspect it may be better in here so my apologies for dulpicating it!:confused:

    I have just bought several boxes of what was described as "photographs" from an auction which I knew to have an enlarger and developing equipment in. After getting it home I notice there are actually 3 enlargers but I don't have the room (or diplomacy for the wife) to keep all of them.

    I will mostly be processing 35mm colour negatives/slides and hopefully B&W so that should rule out one of them!

    The enlargers are:-

    Zenith UPA-5 which I think will only do B&W
    Durst F60 with 35mm adapter
    And the largest a Paterson PCS 2500 with spare lamp assembly but the control box is missing (RGB Adjusters?)

    Any advice regarding which one would be best to keep would be greatly appreciated! :thumbup:
     
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    Thanks Doc! :lol:


    The Zenith is a cool looking thing almost like an antique! Comes in it's own suitcase which doubles as the base!

    The Paterson is missing it's power supply which I can easily replace but I would like to know whether the 3 coloured lights are supposed to be variable via a control box with dials or if they are just split from the PSU?

    The Durst has a drawer for colour filters which I now know doesn't mean a colour filter for colour prints! :lol: Thats the kinda thing you find on these forums! I was using it last night with some B&W negatives included in the sale and I'm amazed how easy and exciting it all is! I'm definately hooked now! :D
     
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    Sounds like a fire hazard. Before using anything that looks really old, I'd have it checked out by an electrician. Rewiring an enlarger to modern safety standards is similar to rewiring a lamp. Fire in the darkroom = bad!!! It combines light, heat, dust, and uncontrolled, spraying water all in one. ;)

    Try each of them out, and see which one you like.

    You can print color with the Durst by stacking CMY filters in the filter drawer. It's just a pain in the butt compared to a head with dial in filters.

    I think the Durst F60 probably has the most potential, but I would second Doc in BC's suggestion to pick up a Beseler 23CII if you ever have the chance. I have an old 23C, and have worked with 23CIIs, and they are great enlargers, with a million available accessories. An enlarger is the camera in the darkroom. Do you shoot with a dusty, old camera that you found in a box? Well, I do, but I'm nutty like that. ;) As cheap as used enlargers are going these days get a good one.
     

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