I Just got my new darkroom set up!
I'm thrilled. I had been working with a Meopta Opemus III with its inexpensive lenses, and wasn't exactly thrilled with the results. For a $140 I just got
Beseler 23CII enlarger with an extra bulb
4 negative carriers (35mm, 35mm slide, 6x6, 6x7, I still need a 6x9 for some of my old negs grr.)
3 lens boards with a wollensak 75mm f1.9 (off of an old ollsiliscope apparently), Schneider Xenar 105mm f4.5 and an el-nikkor 50mm f2.8
8x10 easel (excellent on the borders, 11x14 easel (not the best, but it'll do until I can save up for another), Kodak Darkroom masterguide, Kodak PolyContrast filters for under the lens. I'm using the Gralab for developing, and an old time-o-light that I have for the enlarger. Question on the polycontrast filters - should I use them or save up and get some of ilfords 6x6 and cut them down to fit into the area above the negative carrier, or will the kodak not change image quality below the lens?
I spent the night printing, and the results are excellent, I've been focusing with a grain focuser and I can't believe how much sharper these prints are compared to the Meopta. Orders of magnitude better. I'm extremely happy.
"Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships."