Building a super large format enlarger? Light sources for super large format are difficult to find. Here is one that may work for you.
16X20" COLD LIGHT. Power supply runs on 120V, but puts out 600V. Voltarc Blue tubing. $400 for the coldlight. $100 for the power supply. Both available separately.
20X24" TRANSILLUMINATED COPYBOARD. A 20X24" double glass copyboard that clips to the shell of the 16X20" cold light is available. There is a piece of opal plexiglass that goes between the glasses. Glass and Plexiglass are clean. Aluminum frame. Although the copyboard will hold 20X24" material, the above mating cold light will not illuminate 20X24"; it will certainly illuminate 16X20". $250
ARISTO SOLID STATE CONTACTOR MODEL 1200. 115 Volts, 1200 Watts capacity, allows the use of almost any timer or high wattage device, plug your high wattage device into contactor and contactor into timer, contactor absorbs the starting shock. Timers such as the Lektra that handle up to 1500W are uncommon. This contactor has 3 prong socket and plug. $100
Calumet 8X10 enlargers are some of the best built 8X10 enlargers ever made. They are also some of the least known enlargers ever made. 8' tall, 36X40" baseboard, negative stage and lens stage all moved up and down by geared drive, lens stage is also moved by a fine focus geared drive chain that hangs down so that it is easy to focus while looking throuch a grain magnifier. Super Chromega Dichroic II 1000W colorhead. Heads need work; heads are listed on my OMEGA ENLARGERS web page.Lensboard. These enlargers came from a commercial lab. I set them up vertically in my studio in an out of the way place, then I piled stuff on top of and around them. One of them has a motorized head. Both may be operated manually. Enlargers needs detailing. The motorized enlarger also has an electric shutter just above the lensboard. The lensboard is 6X6". Pin registered negative carriers without glass. As-is, $1500. $2000 for the motorized enlarger with the shutter.
Calumet 8X10 enlarger negative stage, bellows and lens stage. Bellows are light tight and in good condition. Designed to accept a Condit negative carrier. No negative carrier included. Designed to accept a 6X6" lens board. $300.
Calumet 8X10 enlarger hand cranks. Universal machine hand cranks of such size are available new for comparable prices and more, but these are specific to the Calumet 8X10 enlarger and probably available nowhere else. $125 for the larger one. $100 for the smaller one.
Some images of some of those enlargers are below. Details on my Durst Enlargers web page.
Polaroid MP4XLR copy camera with 8X10 Polaroid copy adaptor converted to enlarger. I have built and sold 3 of them so far; my customers have been happy with them. I can supply it with a GLENNVIEW built incandescent or fluorescent head. I can adapt an Aristo 810 head to it. A 210mm F9 Schneider G-Claron or equivalent lens is required. Enlargement range 11X14" to well beyond 20X24" on baseboard. Head swivels for wall projection, total height 64". The 1st photo is of a Kenro 8X10 copy adapter converted to an enlarger. The 2nd photo is of a TTI 8X10 copy adapter converted to an enlarger. In this case, I had to build the head from scratch. I added a wall mount to the top of the column to stabilize it. The key elements in doing this are experience, knowledge, mechanical design and construction skills, and the ability to make a variable density diffusion disk. I have the skills, but I do not have the Polaroid components to build another. What is needed is an MP4XL column and an 8X10 copy adapter. I can build one using different components; I have a Leitz copy camera that I can convert into an 8X10 enlarger. I can also build an 8X10 horizontal projection enlarger. The last picture shows the people who bought the Polaroid/TTI/Glennview enlarger from me. Space is scarce almost everywhere today. Most requests I get today are for smaller 8X10 enlargers. I have converted three 5X7 and one 4X5 Durst enlargers into 8X10 enlargers. I have converted 2 horizontal projection copy cameras into 8X10 enlargers. I built one 3600W horizontal projection color enlarger for 30" long rollfilm. I have built panoramic enlargers, one of which is listed on my PANORAMIC CAMERAS web page.
2X FIXED ENLARGEMENT PROOFING ENLARGER
8X10 NEGATIVES OR PROOF SHEETS ENLARGED TO 16X20: Complete with light source, lens and below the lens filter holder. Negative carriers optional. Bolts to wall. The last of these has been sold, but I can make another, albeit with a different lens. $1000. Wood body, weighs about 30#. 4 bulb incandescent light source with variable density diffusion outlet sheet that evens out illumination. New 305mm F9 Graphic Kowa coated enlarging lens optimized for 1X to 3X. Accepts 35mm or 120 rollfilm Saunders Super Proofers, available new or used or as a convenience from me for $25 each. Single sheet 8X10 multicoated glass for Super Proofers to lay upon to flatten film, $50. 8X10 double glass multicoated sheetfilm negative carrier available for $100. Want to do color or variable contrast?--add your own color correction filters and/or variable contrast filters. Includes alignment jig for easy setup. The alignment jig is a wood box that you place on top of your easel. You then place the enlarger on top of that box and bolt the enlarger to the wall; remove the alignment jig and the enlarger is now in alignment! This is the most practical 8X10 enlarger you can find today. It takes up very little space. It hangs on the wall freeing up your counter space. The enlarger is 32" long. Mounting note: Enlarger should be 35 13/16" from wood nose to easel.
2X FIXED ENLARGEMENT PROOFING ENLARGER, as above, but Aluminum body, with lens. Without light source; set up for use with your Speedotron head as lightsource. Weighs 16#. Designed for use on copy stand, it has a 3/8-16 screw socket, no alignment capability and no alignment jig. Your copy stand must have 46" height between mounting screw and baseboard. A 5X7 Durst enlarger chassis (with proofer replacing head) allows for alignment and is available at extra cost. Also has 4 bolt holes for mounting directly to wall. With variable density diffusion outlet sheet that evens out illumination from single overhead Quartz light or strobe tube. $1250 Mounting note: Enlarger should be 36 11/64" between square AL nose and easel when focused
8X10 NEGATIVES OR PROOF SHEETS ENLARGED TO 11X14: This is just like the 2X fixed enlargement wood enlarger above. Complete with light source, lens and below the lens filter holder. Negative carriers optional. Bolts to wall. $850. Wood body, weighs about 30#. 4 bulb incandescent light source with variable density diffusion outlet sheet that evens out illumination. New 305mm F9 Graphic Kowa coated enlarging lens optimized for 1X to 3X. Accepts 35mm or 120 rollfilm Saunders Super Proofers, available new or as a convenience from me for $25 each. Single sheet 8X10 multicoated glass for Super Proofers to lay upon to flatten film, $50. 8X10 odouble glass multicoated sheetfilm negative carrier available for $100. Want to do color or variable contrast?--add your own color correction filters and/or variable contrast filters. Includes alignment jig for easy setup. The 11X14" proof sheet may be mailed in an envelope whereas the 16x20 proof sheet is best mailed in a tube. The enlarger is 35" long. Mounting note: Enlarger should be 28 5/8" from wood face to easel. Refer to photos of the 16X20 wood enlarger above; this looks like that, but with a different length between the negative stage and the lens stage. Photos below of lens on this enlarger.
These parts are for the beautiful Elwood mahogany and cast iron tabletop enlarger. If you have one of these enlargers, it is worth restoring. It belongs in a museum. Counterbalance weight with chain, Ex+, $50. Pulley for top of column, Ex+, $50. Mahogany section with lens stage gear rack, $120. Note that there are attachment screws included with the mahogany section and with the pulley.
De Vere lensboard for 5108 8X10 enlarger, threaded for lenses with 90mm X 1mmp lenses such as the 300mm Rodagon it is illustrated with. This lensboard will also accept the 300mm Componon and several other lenses. This is a custom made GLENNVIEW product. $OLD. The customer wrote "Got my lens panel today. Superb engineering and craftsmanship! Thanks."
De Vere 115V Control, power supply. I am unsure what head this is for, so only $125
8X10 CHROMEGA F HEADS and accessories
I have two 8X10 Omega 12X12" SUPER CHROMEGA F DICHROIC II COLOR HEADS. They are listed on my OMEGA ENLARGERS web page.
For information about printing B&W using a color head check out my web page on Variable Contrast Printing using a color head.
8X10 SALTZMAN accessories
Chromega F heads listed above will fit the Saltzman with little or no adaptation. The Aristo W1212 fits the Saltzman without adaptation. Because the enlarger is so robustly built and because it has such a large top plate, virtually any head may be adapted to the Saltzman. This enlarger has been sold. Some of the accessories in the storage cabinet below the enlarger are still available and are listed below. The last 3 photos are of another 8X10 Saltzman--also sold. I leave these photos up so that you can see what a Saltzman looks like.
8X10 Saltzman condenser head parts. Medium screw base lamp socket with ~12X12" aluminum shroud for #302 lamps, $100. Fan shroud, ~6X6", $25.
Carlwen rollfilm carrier base and carriers for Saltzman available
Original Saltzman 8X10 filter holder. It no doubt originally held a red filter. I can supply it with a red filer for $125 or $100 without the filter.
Original cast Saltzman 8X10 lensboard. If you look closely you can see the outline of a universal diaphragm lensholder or UDL that used to be mounted on this lensboard. Saltzman made UDLs. The 4 screws held the UDL on the lensboard. 81.3mm hole size. 6.25" diameter. $100
Machined Saltzman 8X10 lensboard. The flange is for a lens with 90mm X 1mmp threads such as the 300mm Componon in lens skirt or the 300mm Apo Rodagon or Rodagon-G. In fact, many large format enlarging lenses have this size thread. 93.6mm hole size in lensboard w/o flange. 6.25" diameter. Lensboard with flange, $250. Lensboard without flange, $125.
300MM F5.6 COMPONON, coated, Ex, $300. Add $100 for lens neatly mounted on 8X10 Saltzman lensboard. It is illustrated mounted on a GLENNVIEW made Durst lensboard. The Saltzman lensboard for this lens is illustrated above.
GLENNVIEW made Saltzman 8X10 lensboard. Black anodized aluminum. 1" Pilot hole. 6.25" diameter. $100. 2 available.
5" recessed or extension Caesar Saltzman lenscone, Ex+, $250. Lenscone has a 77mm hole + 4 screwholes where a Caesar Saltzman universal diaphragm lensholder was attached. On right in below image.
12" extension lenscone. This can be used for reductions or the enlarger may be used as a very stable macro or copy camera. This has the lensboard attachment hardware as found on the enlarger. Note that one of four lensboard retainers is missing. RARE. $300. If you want me to make the missing retainer, add $125. On left in above image.
Original Saltzman joint connector for 1.25" diameter tubing. This may be used on an enlarger or on a camera stand. $85
Original Saltzman knobs. The wood knob on the left is used on the hand cranks on enlargers; it turns freely on the shaft which makes it easy to turn the hand wheels. It has a 5/16-18TPI threaded shaft and is $85. The 1.5" diameter black bakelite knob has 1/4-20TPI threaded shaft and is $20. The 1.5" diameter knurled aluminum knob has 1/4-20TPI threaded hole and is $25.
Original Saltzman adjustable table supports. Single piece steel. 1/2-20TPI. Note that the 3 on the left are broken. OMG! I hope no one was injured in that accident. These support the enlarging tabletop and are adjustable for alignment. $40.
Original Saltzman adjustable table supports. These differ from the above in that the cast piece is aluminum and the 1/2-20TPI threaded rods and nuts are steel. These support the enlarging tabletop and are adjustable for alignment. $80.
5X7 SALTZMAN accessories
The 5X7 Saltzman enlarger is rare. I had one; it was sold to someone in Colorado. We had fun carrying it down 4 flights of stairs. As far as I know, it may have been a one-of-a-kind item because I have never seen another. It is rare enough and attractive enough to belong in a museum.
Original cast Saltzman 5X7 lensboard. Originally this had a 58mm capacity Caesar Saltzman universal diaphragm lensholder neatly attached; the 4 screwholes used to hold the UDL on the lensboard. 76.7mm hole size, 5.25" diameter, RARE, $100.
GLENNVIEW made Saltzman 5X7 lensboard. This lensboard has a slight projection just like the original. 1" Pilot hole. 5.25" diameter. Anodized black aluminum. $100.
Saltzman top cap, Aluminum hemisphere to fit over the top of (I am guessing) either a lightstand or a 5X7 Saltzman enlarger, about 5" diameter, will trade for about 8" diameter Saltzman top cap (for camera stand or 8X10 enlarger), or $25
Miscellaneous 8X10 and 11X14 enlarger parts and accessories:
8X10 Kodak negative carrier, single sheet of slightly scratched glass, $65. I removed the hardware in order to clean the glass out to the edges. Glass is 8 3/8 X 10 3/8" in size. $115 with new sheet of glass. $135 with 2nd sheet of cover glass. Made of really high quality vintage wood, probably mahogany. This would be a good one for your homemade enlarger.
10X10 hinged negative carrier. I do not know what enlarger this fits. The overall size is 12X12". Window opening is 9 1/2 X 9 1/2" square. Included glass is worthless. There is one glass retaining clip missing. Another good one for your homemade enlarger. $65.
5X7 Kodak glass carriers. The black carrier is metal. The green carrier is wood. Each has a bottom sheet of glass. A top sheet of glass is required to hold the negative flat. The glass in the metal carrier is scratch free, $100. The glass in the wood carrier has a 1/8" scratch, $30. I will supply a top cover glass of new coated glass for $50 additional.
Easel from Fotar enlarger. Black formica covered. 42X62X" in size; it is thick too @ 1 5/8". You do not have to use it for an enlarger easel. It could be used for any purpose where you need a flat stable Formica covered substantial surface. $200
Negative stage and bellows from 8X10 Fotar enlarger. This is so oversize that it is possible to convert this to an 11X14 negative stage. Bellows are light tight and in good condition. Negative stage has a hinged door to keep light contained and dust out. Set up to accept a pin registered carrier. No negative carrier included. Flat top and grooved sides make for easy alignment and for easy installation on your existing enlarger. Originally, this was bolted to the Fotar enlarger chassis with just 2 massive 3/4" bolts spaced 10" apart as seen in the last photograph; these bolts are included. Converting a substantially built 8X10 to 11X14 would be one way to go. The 8X10 Calumet enlargers listed above would be an excellent choice. Another way would be to make a horizontal projection enlarger. The negative stage inside dimensions are 14X17". The opening in the bottom of the negative stage is 12" square; the opening in the top of the negative stage is 13.25" square. It is possible to enlarge it to accommodate 11X14. The top of the negative stage, where the head goes, is 16X25". $400