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08-14-2022, 04:11 PM   #1
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Home for a color enlarger?

Over 10 yrs ago I picked up a color enlarger and never used it. Basically ~ someone who was shifting to digital only. I still shoot film but get pictures developed other places - I do some B&W and color developing at home. Anyways - trying to find a new home for a color enlarger since I don't see myself getting into this aspect. Does anyone develop color film at home anymore?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Eagle94VT Quote
Over 10 yrs ago I picked up a color enlarger and never used it. Basically ~ someone who was shifting to digital only. I still shoot film but get pictures developed other places - I do some B&W and color developing at home. Anyways - trying to find a new home for a color enlarger since I don't see myself getting into this aspect. Does anyone develop color film at home anymore?
Some people turn enlargers into a copy stand also.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Eagle94VT Quote
Over 10 yrs ago I picked up a color enlarger and never used it. Basically ~ someone who was shifting to digital only. I still shoot film but get pictures developed other places - I do some B&W and color developing at home. Anyways - trying to find a new home for a color enlarger since I don't see myself getting into this aspect. Does anyone develop color film at home anymore?
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A more targeted question would be does anyone make color wet prints anymore. while I do develop color film at home on occasion, I don't make color prints anymore even though I have a color enlarger. But color enlargers make for a good BW enlarger too with variable contrast paper because you can dial in your paper grade with the color head.

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About a decade ago I tried to find new homes for my 2 Beseler 45 enlargers, one with a colour head, the other with a Zone VI cold light head. The sad fact was that shipping an object of that size and weight was more than the equipment was sellable for, and I was unable to find a local buyer. Both ended up at the local landfill.
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10-15 years ago I tried to give away a complete functioning enlarger on Craigslist, free for pickup.
Someone emailed to say they'd take it - but only if I would throw in free delivery!

Today with the resurgence of interest in film photography it shouldn't be too hard to find a buyer for yours.
However I'd keep it. As as mentioned a color head is very handy for black and white printing with variable contrast papers.

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You can print B&W with a color head just fine, in fact easier, as you can dial in contrast vs. needing to use lens filters that can get damaged and lost.

Finding someone to actually pay you for it might be the problem. They're impractical to ship due to size and weight, so you're restricted to your local market.

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A few years ago I had some equipment to get rid of, sadly, and I found that a local high school still had a photography club. They welcomed my beloved tools, so I was happy and they were also. So one option would be to call around to places like that.

(Of course I still have a lot of stuff including old cameras, some partly disassembled, that I cannot bring myself to part with... I don't know what my heirs will do with the old Exaktas, but they are what I grew up with, if anyone might believe I ever grew up.)
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QuoteOriginally posted by rlwilsonjr Quote
A few years ago I had some equipment to get rid of, sadly, and I found that a local high school still had a photography club. They welcomed my beloved tools, so I was happy and they were also. So one option would be to call around to places like that.

(Of course I still have a lot of stuff including old cameras, some partly disassembled, that I cannot bring myself to part with... I don't know what my heirs will do with the old Exaktas, but they are what I grew up with, if anyone might believe I ever grew up.)
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I donated a lot of film gear to a high school myself. It seems a great way to go - if film isn't a priority for you.
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I hope you don't regret selling this off...
I had an Omega B22XL with condenser and color heads, 3 lenses, timer, Omega color analyzer, Kodak model 11 color processor with an Omega heater/thermostat...I even had Cibachrome drums and base, and I couldn't give it away. I eventually found a buyer who gave me $100 for everything ..including a 3x3 ft marble slab I had it sitting on. I wish I had kept it.

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the only good way is to obtain factory shipping packaging... for some reason that makes it alot cheaper... as the dimensions go down to a size MEANT to be shipped.


example, alot of the 35mm only enlargers say beseler Cadet size... were actually meant to be stored in a suitecase... but without the proper suitcase storage container, you looking at sending a banana box.
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