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Becky s. Hall

Durst 606 vs. Bogen 22a Special Enlarger

I am creating my own darkroom and purchased a Durst 606 enlarger, but then was given a nice Bogen 22a enlarger. I have heard that the Durst model is a little better, but the Bogen seems easier to use. I have not used either of these models and don't know anything about them. Which do you think is better?

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10/10/2001 11:51:35 PM

doug Nelson   I have no experience with either of them, but look at these factors. How steady are they? Does either of them wobble when someone walks by? Grab the focus knob and turn it. Does the head wiggle for a second or more? You want it rock steady. Of course, this assumes you have it on a good, solid table or counter top. Focus an image onto white paper. Is the knob easy to turn, but firm enough to hold sharp focus? One may have a better lens than the other; don't throw out the good one. It may fit on the other enlarger as well. You'd have to ask someone more knowledgeable to find which lenses are better. Finally, open it up to see if the glass condensers or diffusers inside are intact, not cracked or broken. Be sure you have a 35mm negative carrier (holder).

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10/12/2001 1:43:09 PM

Jim Miotke
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  And count your blessings - as they say, two enlargers are better than one ;^)

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10/15/2001 7:53:47 PM

Laurie A. Williams   fotobugg here just wanted to say that i've been using my fathers durst for about 23 years and I wouldn't trade it for anything.. then about a year ago I bought a bogen.. the man was right hold on to both... you will find that they are both very good and they have very different uses. just spend some time with both... you will understand what I meen.... thanks for listening..

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12/20/2008 8:09:45 PM

Laurie A. Williams   ps if anybody tries to pawn off a cadet ll tell them to keep it. I bought one and it's junk... just my opinion......fotobugg

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12/20/2008 8:12:43 PM

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