Old Paterson Enlarger?

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Geoffrey S. Mendelson, May 15, 2008.

  1. Someone gave me an old enlarger. It has no markings on it, but it came
    with a set of Paterson trays, Paterson tongs and a Paterson 3 element
    lens, so I'm guessing it is a Paterson enlarger.

    I have no data on it's age, but it came with a bulk loader still contaning
    film with the flap from a roll of Tri-X with a 1990 expiration date.

    It consists of a plastic base, a metal pole that screws into a threaded
    cap which fits into the base and the enlarger itself. The enlarger has a
    push botton on the bottom of the arm to relase a clamp against the pole,
    a red knob to slide a red filter in and out and the a hidden push botton
    which allows the entire top of the enlarger to pivoit backwards allowing
    you to move a negative in the carrier.

    There is a metal housing for a regular size enlarging bulb which locks
    in place with a twist. The condenser at the bottom of it has a frosted
    flat side, which can be moved by twisting to hold the negative in the

    It came with 35mm and 126 carriers. The lens has a regular leica thread,
    and screws into a larger threaded ring for focusing. There is wire bail
    that looks like it holds up strips of negatives if they are in the carrier.
    This took a while for me to figure out, it rotates but seemed to have
    no function. At first I thought it was the release for a missing top
    of the negative carrier, but then I figured out the condenser can
    be rotated to hold the negative in place.

    There was a drawer for filters, but it's missing.

    Any information about it would be appreiciated.

    Thanks, Geoff.
    Geoffrey S. Mendelson, May 15, 2008
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  2. I found a photograph of it:


    (sorry for the split link)

    It's the enlarger on the left side of the photograph.

    Geoffrey S. Mendelson, May 15, 2008
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  3. Looks as if you could use a better news reader, instead of whatever's on
    that Linux box you're using:

    In answer to your original query, no, I'm not familiar with this
    specific enlarger, but have seen lots like it. Sounds cheap and flimsy,
    but hey, it's an enlarger, and with a decent lens will make decent
    prints. (I'm guessing that lens you got probably doesn't qualify.)
    David Nebenzahl, May 15, 2008
  4. To which I was going to add, just don't jiggle the table it's on while
    making your exposures.
    David Nebenzahl, May 15, 2008
  5. I use SLRN. Works fine for me. The only thing I miss is a spelling checker.
    Actually it's fairly well made and stable. The only problem it has is that
    the enlarger itself rotates on the pole if you are not careful. I probably
    will put a small piece of stick on felt in there if I remember to buy it.

    The lens was the standard 3 element cheapo enlarging lens of that era.
    I use the past tense because it can not easily be opened and there is
    a large star shaped splat of fungus on one of the elements.

    Someone gave me a vivtar 50mm lens of the same era, without an enlarger
    to go with it, now they are together.

    To summarize the discussion that was here recently there are three classes
    of lenses, both the Paterson and the Vivitar are probably the lowest.
    For 5x7 or 8x10 prints from 35mm negatives they will do ok.

    Better lenses may not in this case produce better results.

    Geoffrey S. Mendelson, May 16, 2008
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    savvo Guest

    Says the guy using a mail client; Geoffrey's just misusing a rather good
    savvo, May 16, 2008
  7. What are you talking about? Thunderbird is both a mail and news client,
    therefore as good a newsreader as any.

    At least it doesn't stupidly chop URLs apart ...
    David Nebenzahl, May 16, 2008
  8. The handling of URLs depends on how word wrapping is
    set on both sides. Usually a URL can be sent as one piece by
    enclosing it in carets < >.
    Richard Knoppow, May 16, 2008
  9. With a decent newsreader at both ends, that should be completely
    unnecessary. We should be well past the old days of BBS markup and such ...
    David Nebenzahl, May 17, 2008
  10. Now if it'd only handle multipart binaries.....

    erie patsellis, May 17, 2008
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    John Guest

    Thunderbird is good for something ?

    John, May 20, 2008
  12. Yes, it's a damn good mail and news client. Why don't you think so?

    At this point, Forte Agent is pretty much a has-been as far as mail+news
    programs go.
    David Nebenzahl, May 20, 2008
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    jch Guest

    I second that observation. I have been using Thunderbird (v20060302)
    under OpenBSD for at least four years as an email client, and
    newsreader. It is an /excellent product/. My wife uses an Apple Mac
    Mini with OS-X 10.4 (a FreeBSD based OS). She also runs Thunderbird
    without /any/ problems. She ran Windows 2000 Professional before, and
    cut her teeth on Thunderbird. Moving to an Apple platform from Windows
    was very easy; all the relevant address books, settings, and mail files
    moved over without a hitch.
    jch, May 21, 2008
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