Student looking for enlarger

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Evan Parker, Aug 27, 2003.

  1. Evan Parker

    Evan Parker Guest

    I am a high school senior looking for a black and white enlarger. I do
    not have much money, but I really want an an enlarger as I belive that
    black and white photography is my true passion. Over the past nine
    months, I have developed over 250 rolls of film, but during only a few
    of those months have I had access to a darkroom, because of summer and
    the budget cuts going on at my school, so I have many sheets of
    negatives and very few prints to show from them.

    Anyone that has an enlarger which they do not use (and one which I can
    assure will be put to good, productive use) or knows where I could
    purchase one at a reasonable price (I do not need a computerized Durst
    enlarger, a simple 35mm would do! :) ), please reply to this thread
    (and also e-mail me at ).

    Thank you!
    Evan Parker, Aug 27, 2003
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  2. I presume you are not actually in Western Samoa, which is where your .ws web
    site is registered. (Yes, officially .ws is Western Samoa.)

    Can you tell us where you're located? Enlargers are bulky and hard to ship.
    That actually increases your chances of getting one, because people can't
    sell them over long distances.
    Michael A. Covington, Aug 27, 2003
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  3. Evan Parker

    John Guest

    in the FWIW category.

    .ws = Western Samoa.

    Talk about your shipping fees !


    John - Photographer & Webmaster -
    John, Aug 27, 2003
  4. Evan Parker

    Evan Parker Guest

    Just so everyone knows, I am located in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. The domain name is merely because I could not find the domain name I
    wanted under the traditional .com, .net. or .org.

    I'm still looking, so if anyone has any suggestions, I would be very
    glad to hear them!

    Thanks for your help.
    Evan Parker, Aug 27, 2003
  5. Evan Parker

    Mike King Guest

    In the past ten years I have been given two 5x7 Elwood Enlargers that
    studios were throwing away, I bought a 4x5 Omega with two lenses for $100, A
    Durst M-601 for $25(sans condensers but I had the condensers which I had
    pulled from the M-601 I bought and put a color head on so no problem), and
    just bought a B-600 Omega for under $20.00 (I kept the easel and gave the
    enlarger to a friend). Look around, check schools, studios, newspapers--all
    of which are rapidly converting to digital. Worst place to look is around a
    group of die hard darkroom nuts like (OOPS, that's me).
    Mike King, Aug 27, 2003
  6. Just start nosing around and you'll find all sorts of abandoned stuff.
    It's fun detective work and you'll save some decent equipment from
    rotting away in some widow's basement! Be patient and you'll get an
    entire darkroom and save lots of money on buying accessories and
    Craig Schroeder, Aug 28, 2003
  7. One possibility might even be to put an ad in the paper: "Student wants
    darkroom equipment at minimal price." You might catch somebody who is
    thinking of placing an ad to try to sell something.
    Michael A. Covington, Aug 28, 2003
  8. Evan Parker

    Dan Quinn Guest

    RE: (Evan Parker)

    Don't be patient. Truck on off to eBay. For enlargers search the catagory
    or by brand. One tip; few 35mm only are available. Those that handle 120
    and 35mm are more numerous. You'll find prices are very low and shipping
    not that bad. Dan
    Dan Quinn, Aug 28, 2003
  9. Evan Parker

    Mike King Guest

    Oh yeah, forgot the third Elwood I bought at auction for $25.00, and the
    Kodak dry mount press for $5. The Elwood's came out of a studio, he had
    three he'd acquired two from other studios when they closed their darkrooms.
    I bought two Pentax MX bodies for $5.00 each the day after an auction, they
    got no bids, they both needed battery covers so I put another $5.00 into
    each of them. You just have to look and know how these things work.

    The 4x5 came from the same studio via a local camera store about 5 years
    later, it's a D-3 that need new counter balance springs which I found at a
    camera swap meet later for $10.00

    The 601 was incomplete but came from Columbus camera group (I think I paid
    as much for shipping as I did for the unit. I had the condensers, I had
    bought a new 601 in 1976, bought the colorhead and put the condensers in a

    The B-600 came from a second hand store, it had a 35mm condenser a 50mm
    Omegar and 35mm condenser and a Beseler 8x10 borderless easel. I gave
    $17.50 plus tax, as I recall, kept the easel and gave the enlarge to a
    friend who's short on space but wants to start a darkroom and a small
    enlarger will be perfect for him.

    I'd ask around, check with older studios, schools, photography instructors
    and camera stores, but you should buy at least some of your supplies and
    equipment locally, if you expect stores to "bird dog" for you, they really
    don't want the stuff, even on consignment, anymore. The local paper just
    disposed of two 23C's and CB-7 (the CB-7 went in the dumpster, needed a
    motor, just as well I didn't know until later, my wife will kill me if I
    bring home any more "strays". They also gave me 7x100 feet of TMY 35mm when
    they went digital, out of date but in my freezer.
    Mike King, Aug 28, 2003
  10. Evan Parker

    Mike King Guest

    I bought a DII from a guy in Missouri, he shipped it to me C.O.D. from a
    pack and ship place, I paid a C.O.D. fee for each box, there were three, a
    packing fee (since he didn't pack it himself) plus shipping. Missouri to
    Iowa cost me $200. I had to borrow money from my boss until I could get to
    the bank. If you cannot buy locally (and I see no reason why not) get the
    freight charges stated in writing before you bid. And you won't find D-3's
    on eBay for $100.


    Mike King, Aug 28, 2003
  11. Evan Parker

    Hemi4268 Guest


    I am going to tell you what you don't want to hear. I at one time made my
    living at Photography. Went to the best schools in the country to learn it.
    Now I am retired.

    Anyway, if I were you I would find someone that knows photography to look over
    your negatives. You and he or she pick out 20 of your best shots of the 5000
    or so images. Have them professionally scanned and corrected on the computer.
    Find a friend that has a good electronic printer and print them out.

    You will find that with normal silver enlarging, the expense is not the
    equipment but the supplies.

    Hemi4268, Aug 28, 2003
  12. Another would be to see if you can post something on a bulletin board in a
    major camera store. As I recall there are several big ones in Columbus,
    Michael A. Covington, Aug 29, 2003
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  14. Evan Parker

    Dan Quinn Guest

    RE: (Evan Parker)

    Searching eBay for, enlarger, region Cleveland, catagory electronics,
    I did find two 120 size enlargers; a Beseler 23CII and a very tempting
    Nikor 6x7. No S&H. Dan
    Dan Quinn, Aug 29, 2003
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