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Ian Watson

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An unwanted enlarger
« on: October 07, 2022, 05:01:54 »
The time has come to clear some space in my garage. Most of my old darkroom gear can go. However, I feel a pang of regret at the thought of disposing of my enlarger. It is a Leitz Focomat Ic. It seems a shame to dispose of such a lovely example of mechanical engineering. Yet what else can I do with it? Who would both want it and be willing to arrange to obtain it? I will keep the lens, of course.

Suggestions or moral support would both be welcome.

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Re: An unwanted enlarger
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2022, 08:49:35 »
Keep the lens and let go - Without the lens it's more or less useless anyway,,,
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Re: An unwanted enlarger
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2022, 10:05:00 »
At least in Denmark it is possible to sell such this even at a reasonable price.
I have sold 2 Durst enlargers recently, off course with an enlarger lens ;) (Rodenstock)

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Re: An unwanted enlarger
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2022, 13:36:14 »
Could it be adapted to become a copy/repro stand - I guess you have considered that if you need one :) 

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Re: An unwanted enlarger
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2022, 14:26:29 »
My attic contains an Omega, a Fujimoto and a Leitz Valoy right now.  I finally found someone a couple of years ago who would take the LPL, Schneider and Rodenstock lenses and the other darkroom gear.  For free, of course.

It's hard to part with the Valoy.  I bought it at a garage sale in pieces--lens, negative carrier, enlarger, copy arm, base...all scattered around the room.  In total, I think I spent $7.50 for all the parts.  Went right home, plugged it in and sparks flew as breakers were thrown in the house.  I had to rewire it, not a hard job.  Bought a piece of anti-Newton ring glass and rigged it up in the negative carrier.  A simple piece of gear but totally reliable and perfect for 35mm negatives.  Got many years service out of it. 

Ain't it a bitch when you finally manage to accrue the material and gear to put together a really nice darkroom and the whole thing becomes useless.  I barely had time to get the LPL (my newest enlarger) aligned perfectly before I went to digital. 

 
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Re: An unwanted enlarger
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2022, 16:25:36 »
Thank you all for the thoughts.

Bent, there is not much of a market here. You did trigger the memory of a place in Toronto that keeps film supplies and has quite the assortment of odds-and-ends. I will call them when they open and see if they will give the enlarger a home.

Otherwise I will bite the bullet, take the lens and dispose of the rest.

Dogman, I quite agree! Now we spend our money on computers and printers instead ;)

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Re: An unwanted enlarger
« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2022, 16:33:17 »
Back in the 80s I'd have bitten your arm off for this Ian.

I did all my best printing with an old condenser enlarger.
When I briefly flirted with 6x7 & colour, I sold this and got a diffuser design.

It took me a while to work out why I couldn't achieve the same bite & contrast as before :(

Mind you, if your Letiz is diffuser, maybe it wouldn't have helped....

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Re: An unwanted enlarger
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2022, 18:56:03 »
Happy news! Downtown Camera in Toronto will take it off my hands. They have a few enlargers that are not selling but they will take a Leitz.

Colin, the Leitz Focomat is a condenser. Mine cost me $50 fifteen years ago.

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Re: An unwanted enlarger
« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2022, 19:52:01 »
Sounds like an ideal result Ian.

Ironically it seems to often be people in their 20s using film & doing their own printing now.
I guess for some of us who've done it once before the novelty has gone.
I do miss what Selenium toner used to be able to do & the slight peril of using it in a spare bedroom/darkroom!