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I just found a Focomat IIc on the curb. It's incredible what some people throw out
Old 09-07-2018   #1
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I just found a Focomat IIc on the curb. It's incredible what some people throw out

So, I found a Leica Focomat IIc enlarger on the curb not too far from my house yesterday. I was waiting at the traffic light on my bike (I'm from Amsterdam after all) and was mindlessly looking around. Then, to my right, I saw a huge enlarger and had to check it out. When I got closer I saw it was a friggin' Focomat!

It has an Ilford 100h multigrade head and so far everything seems to be working, though I have no clue how the mechanical autofocus system works (any help?).

I'm extremely stoked, especially since I just got a darkroom a few months ago! Woohoo!
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wow, that is a GREAT find!
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Sheesh. You should go buy a lottery ticket immediately! Seriously, congratulations! Good to keep one's eyes open at all times, I suppose.
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I'm trying to picture in my mind you going down the road with that Focomat strapped to your bike.

Have a good time with it.

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Old 09-07-2018   #5
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I am from Amsterdam too and I use my Focomat IIc daily. Just contact me via the rangefinderforum and we can make an appointment.


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Old 09-08-2018   #6
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I am from Amsterdam too and I use my Focomat IIc daily. Just contact me via the rangefinderforum and we can make an appointment.

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Great! I definitely will!

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I'm trying to picture in my mind you going down the road with that Focomat strapped to your bike.

Have a good time with it.

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Well, it didn't really work strapped to my bike. It's insanely heavy! I had to leave everything behind and pick up my bike later haha!
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Well, it didn't really work strapped to my bike. It's insanely heavy! I had to leave everything behind and pick up my bike later haha!
So now there is a bike left on the curb?
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Probably a poor man made his wife angry...

Congrats on your lucky find. Make sure you ride back to the same spot everyday to check, just in case!
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So now there is a bike left on the curb?
There was for a little while, but that's nothing out of the ordinary in Amsterdam. There's hundreds of thousands of bikes sprawled across the city.
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Amsterdam. What a great place to be a cyclist! If I left my bike for 10 minutes without being locked to something substantial it would disappear.
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Great find and Erik is indeed a man of skills when it comes to focomat, prints, photography. Enjoy!
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A truly great find!
Lens with?
I'm sure Erik can get it set with autofocus..
I used to own a Leitz Easel with lovely adjustments..
I found most of a Beseler Enlarger, a complete 35mm Omega..
My Spanish lens 50 mm (El-Nikkor) fits perfectly.
Enjoy and make great prints..
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I talked to Tijmen. Guess what. He found the Focomat IIc just around the corner were I live.

From what he told me it must be a very good enlarger. We've made an appointment to talk about it. It seems that the Focomat is ready for use. Lenses included. Some people are really lucky.

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Congratulations. An enlarger that will handle up to a 6x9 neg is rare find. I acquired my Durst 609, while on my bicycle. Unfortunately, it was in South Austin, about 4 miles from my house and about 4 blocks from the nearest bus stop, which was on a busy six lane city street.

It was definitely an awkward bus ride home.

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Overwise I can't explain what is happening in Amsterdam.
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So, I found a Leica Focomat IIc enlarger on the curb not too far from my house yesterday. I was waiting at the traffic light on my bike (I'm from Amsterdam after all) and was mindlessly looking around. Then, to my right, I saw a huge enlarger and had to check it out. When I got closer I saw it was a friggin' Focomat!

It has an Ilford 100h multigrade head and so far everything seems to be working, though I have no clue how the mechanical autofocus system works (any help?).

I'm extremely stoked, especially since I just got a darkroom a few months ago! Woohoo!
I hope you are checking that curb daily -
let us know what Leicas they throw away!
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Fabulous find - keep us updated!

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Great find. Good for you!
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I am from Amsterdam too and I use my Focomat IIc daily. Just contact me via the rangefinderforum and we can make an appointment.


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Erik I hope this post was made after you rushed to your darkroom to make sure yours was still there.
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Erik I hope this post was made after you rushed to your darkroom to make sure yours was still there.
LMAO!

Good job I didn't spot it when in Amsterdam on cricket tour - or my kitbag might still be there!

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This event proves that most people in The Netherlands do not know that you can still shoot on film and make beautiful prints on gelatin silver paper.

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This event proves that most people in The Netherlands do not know that you can still shoot on film and make beautiful prints on gelatin silver paper.
I am always in love with those speedy sociological studies of yours, Erik.
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I am always in love with those speedy sociological studies of yours, Erik.
I'm always right in the middle of the people.

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This event proves that most people in The Netherlands do not know that you can still shoot on film and make beautiful prints on gelatin silver paper.

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Oh he was definitely aware. I talked to him for a short minute. He still shoots analog from time to time, but hadn't had time to print anymore. He was moving places and the enlarged couldn't come with. I got extremely lucky!
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Oh he was definitely aware. I talked to him for a short minute. He still shoots analog from time to time, but hadn't had time to print anymore. He was moving places and the enlarger couldn't come with.
This event proves that this individual and most people in The Netherlands are two opposite kind of characters.

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This event proves that this individual and most people in The Netherlands are two opposite kind of characters.

Yes, agreed. Tijmen did not tell me this story as we were too busy about the IIc. Strange guy as he could easily sell the enlarger on "Marktplaats".

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Yes, agreed. Tijmen did not tell me this story as we were too busy about the IIc. Strange guy as he could easily sell the enlarger on "Marktplaats".
I fully agree to say that a Dutchman who prefers to give something valuable to whomever wants to take it for free and use it, rather than easily selling it for his own profit, can be called "strange". That fellow citizen may even be a foreigner living in The Netherlands.

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That fellow citizen may even be a foreigner living in The Netherlands.
Yes, we call these people "strangers", vreemdelingen. It seems that this has nothing to do with nationalities.

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The blessing of digital:

those who did not enjoy the darkroom got rid of their equipment. Prices dropped and everyone can now buy a fantastic enlarger. Or find them in the street. Or just be given one.

Spend your money on lots of film, lots of chemicals and lots of paper !!! That being essential to grow as a photographer and a printer.

And to keep analogue alive !!!
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M. Hilo: seconded.

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