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Friday, August 28

Larger Enlarger



If you ever wondered why the vast majority of ultra large format photographers make contact prints, here's the answer. Maybe if you lived in a converted church or had a custom made, two-storey shed with a six-inch concrete base you'd get away with it. For the rest of us, forget it!

The machine above does up to 11x14 but even 10x8 enlargers are monsters. Your 5x4 floor-mounted De Vere would look pretty puny by comparison.

Thanks to David M. for emailing me the advert above. It's from the back cover of the current View Camera magazine. David reckons a Leitz Focomat for 35mm would fit in the bellows.

If you click on the jpeg, you'll see the various features of the enlarger such as motorised negative stage, focusing and baseboard. Durst also say they will build one for negatives up to 20x24". One can only imagine - but David M. would probably fit in the bellows...

3 comments :

Photo Utopia said...

Looks good, I wonder if it might not be that high and really that is a five your old boy with a beard stuck on?
Imagine thinking I'll just pop in +2y -1m in the filter pack-where is the stepladder....

marty said...

Dude!! That's seriously a big beast... I thought Durst stopped building "analog" equipment long ago,

Cheers, M.-

DougH said...

I have a couple of workhorse enlargers (Durst l1000) which limit me to 4X5 negs. Larger negatives would suggest larger prints via an enlarger; and working with over-sized prints would require a very spacious darkroom and alot of effort. Check out Clyde Butcher's site to see what's involved
http://www.clydebutcher.com/photographic-techniques