Burke & James solar for 5x7??

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by CBlood59, Feb 3, 2004.

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    CBlood59 Guest


    I would like to know if the B&J Solar enlarger can be used to enlarge 5x7
    negatives. Does anyone have experience with this enlarger?

    Curt Blood
    CBlood59, Feb 3, 2004
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    John Guest

    If the diffusion plate is 5X7 then the enlarger can be used to
    enlarge 5X7 negatives. I'm no authority on enlargers but I think the
    Solar is a re-branded Elwood.


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    John, Feb 3, 2004
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    JCPERE Guest

    Well you have to have the 5x7 model. I have a 5x7 Production Solarmatic. This
    model holds the head in a sort of spring loaded lever design instead of just
    sliding along the vertical post. Very easy to move the head and lock in place.

    I found the normal diffusion head to be very hot. Mine has the double
    diffusion glass with one piece having more density toward the center to help
    with the hot spot. Didn't take me long to replace this with an Aristo cold
    light. They also made a condenser model the 57HC but I've never seen one.

    A good basic enlarger but nothing special. But probably (along with the
    Elwood) the cheapest used 5x7 enlarger around. I still have mine but now use
    an 8x10 Elwood for my main large format enlarger. AFAIK Solar and Elwood had
    nothing to do with each other.

    JCPERE, Feb 3, 2004
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    John Guest

    You could well be right. For some reason I was under the
    impression that B&J bought their enlargers from Elwood.


    John S. Douglas, Photographer - http://www.darkroompro.com
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    John, Feb 4, 2004
  5. I have one sitting on the other side of the room. This is
    the diffusion model and will take 5x7. A similar chassis was
    used with a combination condenser/diffuser for 4x5. Mine
    takes the impossible to find No.301 enlarger lamp the same
    as some Elwood models. I had one the condenser enlargers
    many years ago. It used a PH 211 lamp. This will take one
    but I think the reflector is intended for the larger
    envelope of the 301. Solar was a trade name of Burke &
    James. These were good quality not very expensive enlargers.
    They are set up to take several kinds of lens boards
    including 4x5 Speed Graphic boards.
    You may have to shim the base to get it into alignment.
    Richard Knoppow, Feb 5, 2004
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    Gary Beasley Guest

    Yes, but you will have to be sure your 5x7 Solar is working properly.
    I had one and it had a hot spot in it probably due to having the wrong
    bulb in it. FWIW its pretty easy to adapt the Solar head to an old
    Beseler 67 chassis, increases the sturdyness of the whole thing.
    Gary Beasley, Feb 6, 2004
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    CBlood59 Guest

    Thanks for the input.

    Curt Blood
    CBlood59, Feb 7, 2004
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