B&W Printing - Help

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Looking at getting into black and white printing - I always find film prints to have that little bit extra over digital prints.
I want to do this properly so I figure that if I get the best equipment available I won't need to invest twice to upgrade if it's something I take to. Equally if I don't take to it I can sell it again, although maybe at a loss, but nothing ventured nothing gained.
Has anyone got any views on what's the 'right stuff'?

Also, as a benchmark, what's this kit like? and is it worth it?http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI....arms=algo=LVI&its=K%2BD%2BC&otn=3&po=Op1&ps=5

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I don't know much about that enlarger but £250 is a lot of money, you can a decent durst version m600/800 for under a third of that price.
 
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I would probably look at finding an enlarger and then adding the kit to go with , having a quick browse through ebay, I find these are particuarly interesting, and yes the option you are looking at is significantly over priced.

hope this helps

mark



This is seriously worth keeping close watch

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/complete-pro-quality-darkroom-NO-RESERVE_W0QQitemZ130240099044QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item130240099044&_trksid=p3286.m14.l1318


in order of preference then

very highly rated

LPL 4250 Mk2

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/LPL-4250-MK2-COLOUR-ENLARGER-Bench-Model_W0QQitemZ110270873797QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item110270873797&_trksid=p3286.m14.l1318



average

Chromega Dichroic

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Chromega-B-Dichroic-Colour-Enlarger_W0QQitemZ110270871247QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item110270871247&_trksid=p3286.m14.l1318


highly rated

Durst M370

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Durst-M370-colour-and-black-and-white-enlarger_W0QQitemZ370069619839QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item370069619839&_trksid=p3286.m14.l1318
 

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Well you don't need to pay that much for an enlarger Joe, I'm sure you could source one cheaper. However - there looks to be a lot of gear there that comes with the enlarger. It's a bit ambiguous on things like how many trays there are - but if you want to do larger prints, then the larger tray sizes are damned expensive as well as a lot of those other items listed there if you have to source them separately.

I'm not interested in getting back into film processing, but if I was, I'd have to seriously consider that Durst package for the sheer convenience of getting all that kit in one go and not chasing around after it.
 
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