Durst enlarger condenser

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Paul Giverin, Nov 6, 2010.

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    I know this is a bit of a long shot but does anyone know where I might
    get hold of a Lidicon 80 condenser for my Durst M370 enlarger.

    The standard Lidicon 50 which is fitted is fine for 35mm stuff but I've
    just bought a Yashica 24 and will be wanting to print 6x6 negs. I
    already have a 75mm enlarging lens and a 6x6 neg holder. Its just the
    condenser I need.
    Paul Giverin, Nov 6, 2010
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    Chris H, Nov 6, 2010
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    Paul Giverin, Nov 8, 2010
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    No idea if they can help but the places that do wet fill stuff are
    getting few and far between.

    The other place to look would be any car boot sales. I have noticed some
    around on boot sales. Darkroom kit has almost zero resale value these
    days as the number of people using it is declining sharply. As the
    older users stop there are very few younger ones starting.

    I was talking to Nova/Permajet and they said the use of film has dropped
    a lot over recent years. The main users being the collages and
    universities on their courses. Calumet also said their sales of (35mm)
    film had dropped by 90% over the last 10 years and again the main users
    were collages.

    The question is how long will it last? As mentioned above as the older
    users retire and fewer younger ones start it will not be economical to
    manufacture/sell wet film and darkroom kit.

    It will get worse as the schools and universities stop. It is only a
    matter of time. Less than 10 years I would say.
    Chris H, Nov 9, 2010
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    I just bought a 100 pack of 8 x 10 Ilford MGIV Glossy with a few sheets
    missing off ebay at the weekend. It was local to me so I saved on
    postage by collecting in person. I was chatting to the chap who said
    that he had gone completely digital. I asked him if he was selling any
    of his darkroom stuff as I needed a 120 developing tank. He said that he
    had a load of stuff (including the 120 tank) that he was throwing out.
    He said I could have it for free as he hated waste. I pick it up on

    Turns out that all this stuff was University equipment.

    Looking on the bright side though, I've just read that Rollei have
    launched two new b&w films...... RPX 100 and RPX 400. Both are available
    in 135 and 120 format.

    Going back to my enlarger problems.... I've got another enlarger which
    I've never used. It was part of a cheap job lot of other darkroom stuff
    that I needed. This is a diffuser enlarger so no issues with condensers.
    I need to modify the neg carrier to take 6x6 negs but that won't be a
    problem. So I'll probably use that exclusively for MF and keep my Durst
    for 35mm.
    Paul Giverin, Nov 9, 2010
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    The biggest problem is the shelf life of the chemicals and film coupled
    with the minimum [economic] production quantities.

    My local Calumet used to have two large (2 metre high) coolers for film.
    Recently it was down to one shelf in one cooler. They moved locations a
    month ago. There is no cooler in the new showroom.

    Film fanatics shout about new release of film. The truth is it is
    consolidation. Yes a new film is released but it replaces three or four
    that have been dropped.

    I use Nikon DSLR's (previously other makes of 35mm) and I thought I
    would pick up a second hand Nikon 35mm body to use with my lenses. There
    is something about the feel of a mechanical film camera you just don't
    get with a DSLR.

    However on thinking about it, I have no dark room, I realised I would
    never actually use it. I would not be able to develop/edit, print etc
    myself. Also the time taken to get the prints back.

    Film is really only a viable proposition these days if you have a dark
    room and time.

    Yes to put things in perspective I was a letter written to the one of
    the photo magazines some years ago (50 or 75?) berating the magazine for
    concentrating on the new low quality toy format of 35mm rather than Gods
    own 126 roll film...... formats come and go but my local camera club
    still has a member with a field camera who does his own glass plates!

    The problem is it is practically impossible to make your own 127, 126
    35mm film.
    Chris H, Nov 11, 2010
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