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Omega DII No 2 renovation started by Nokton48, on Flickr

Here's Omega DII No 2 finally here and renovation started. So far I have removed eight old plastic bushings, and replaced them with four brass and vinyl tubing idler bearings, and four load bearing radial ball bearings. The old plastic rollers were out of round and very worn, this is a very sweet upgrade. The column now slides up and down smooth as silk.

Will need a few important parts, not surprisingly. Luckily my friend has a box full of Omega DII parts

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Old 06-03-2019   #203
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Arista EDU RC Grade 2 by Nokton48, on Flickr

Paper arrived over the weekend. 250 sheets of 8x10 Arista EDU RC Grade 2 Matte finish, and 100 sheets 5x7 Arista EDU Grade 2 matte finish.

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All four printed with Modern Enlarging Systems Model II (graded paper only) LED Omega D light source. Uber cool 3 sec f32 total enlarging exposure
Arista Ultra Matte #2 8x10 Multigrade Developer.
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Old Mans Cave Unnamed waterfall Comm Ortho by Nokton48, on Flickr

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All three 4x5 Sinar Norma
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Old 06-05-2019   #206
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Enlarged onto 8x10 Arista Ultra EDU #2 graded paper, using Modern Enlarging Systems Model II LED head as light source.
Uber bright LED light source, blue LEDS only (for graded paper use). Which I happen to prefer right now.

5 seconds at F32 enlarging time. development in Ilford Multigrade developer. Using vintage Omega Omegalite circuline bulb exposure time same height 35 secs at F16.

Glen Helen Yellow Springs waterfall
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Omega DII Second Enlarger rebuild by Nokton48, on Flickr

The DII chassis on the right, I picked up last weekend. It turns out it has a couple of issues I can't resolve, so I went to another friend, and bought a second DII chassis, this one needs cleaned up but will work properly. The first chassis I will keep for parts as these units are not expensive.

I spent the afternoon cleaning with 0000 steel wool, fine sandpaper, and various cleaners. Tomorrow I should be able to complete this second enlarger and move on with getting it installed on my new drop table.

Dirty job!
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Second DII finally initial install by Nokton48, on Flickr

Side by side Omega DIIs is real luxury. Finally DII #2 is initially installed on the second drop table. Needs more cleaning and boku adjustments, but the images on the easel look sharp and all good. I can print on it starting right now.
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Yellow Springs 2 Norma Ortho D76 Arista Multigrade by Nokton48, on Flickr

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Yellow Springs 4 Norma HP5 D76 Arista Multigrade by Nokton48, on Flickr

Yellow Springs 5 Norma HP5 D76 Arista Multigrade by Nokton48, on Flickr

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Thanks Jerry!


Brandywine Falls 1 Norma HP5 D76 Arista by Nokton48, on Flickr

Brandywine Falls 2 Norma HP5 D76 Arista by Nokton48, on Flickr

Brandywine Falls 3 Norma HP5 D76 Aristo by Nokton48, on Flickr
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I have two 4x5 Omega DII enlargers, each fit to a homemade 16x20 drop table. This allows me to work as I need to, at comfortable heights.

The enlarger at the left, has a circuline Omegalite head, my fave for making small 8x10 prints. 150mm Rodenstock Rodagon f5.6 printing 8x10s from 4x5s currently.

The enlarger on the right, is new to me, about 90% restored and now usuable. It has a Modern Enlarging Systems Model 2 blue LED head, and a 180mm Rodenstock Rodagon on it. The LED head is uber bright, about 150 watts worth. I will use this rig for making bigger prints. Also notice the Laser Align on the easel. I check focus planes each time I move the carrier up or down.

Omega DII with drop table added by Nokton48, on Flickr
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Cleveland Waterfall Rockface by Nokton48, on Flickr

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Old 06-15-2019   #215
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I need to make a light for exposing 8x10 contact prints. I have many 8x10 negs from 25 years ago to print. I am thinking Lomida souped in Ansco 130 to start. I'm also thinking about using the box to split filter 8x10 contact print with fibre VC paper. I do have a set of large Multigrade filters I bought for this purpose.

Also maybe a 5x7 Omega E6 with Omegalite head. About time I got busy with my 5x7 Norma.............. I have all the big chrome Componons up to 360mm.

I'm totally comfortable using graded paper, right now I prefer it.

16x20 is as big as I will ever go.
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Old 06-17-2019   #216
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I took an inventory this weekend, and I have PLENTY of everything on hand to make my two favorite fibre paper developers.

Ansco 130

Water 125F 750cc
Metol (Elon) 2.2 gm
Sodium Sulphite 50 gm
Hydroquinone 11 gm
Sodium Carbonate 78 gm
Potassium Bromide 5.5 gm
Glycin 11 gm
Water to make 1 liter
Add pinch SS to water, then rest in order


Ansco 113

Amidol 6.6 gm
Sodium Sulphite 44 gm
Potassium Bromide 55 gm
Water to make 1 liter
Add SS and PB, then Amidol

I have some old Fortezo 8x10 #2 Matte, some old Agfa Brovira, and fifty sheets of 8x10 Ektalure, also 11x14 and 16x20 Ektalure.

Ordered from Photographers Formulary, fresh PMK and TF4, Dr Beers variable contrast paper developer, and their version of Selectol Soft. Also I have some old Ektonol that might still be good.
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Excellent prints, the ones above! They create expectations.


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Nokton48, Sodium Carbonate is sold as "Ph up" in Walmart in the garden dept for swimming pools and as Arm & Hammer Washing soda. Cheaper than Formulary.
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Thanks I bought several pounds of citric acid food grade, very cheaply on Ebay. For when I run out of indicator stop bath.

TomA told me to get a big box of 20 Mule Team Borax. Works great. Lasts forever
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Ansco 130 was my print developer of choice too. Got better with age and I always seasoned a new batch with a quart of old developer. Lasts forever.
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The "Glycin glow" is pretty amazing. I hope it come through in my graded Aristo RC prints.

Also regarding Lomida contact printing paper, I'm thinking the LED would work for burning the Uber slow paper. Could take minutes to expose but who cares? Enlarge Contact prints. LOL

Only downside is the cost. $125 for 25 sheets of 8x10

Thinking back through the fog, I used to enlarge with Azo and Velox papers. Before I had an enlarger. Used a slide projector to expose Velox. Later on I discovered Azo.
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Omega E6 Omegalite by Nokton48, on Flickr

I'm looking for a clean Omega 5x7" E6 Enlarger, and the Omegalite E6 head. I really don't need the baseboard, but I need the base. Something that looks like this one.....................
Let me know if you have anything
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Excellent prints, the ones above! They create expectations. Erik.

Thanks Eric!
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Omega E6 Cones 2 by Nokton48, on Flickr

These are cones for the Omega 5x7 E Series Enlargers. The cool thing about staying with Omega, is that all the DII 4x5 cones I have modified, can be fit on the bigger E enlargers. Some other accessories are interchangeable, too.

I have a deal in the works for an E3 or E5 (autofocus) 5x7 Omega enlarger plus a bunch of accessories.

I will build a short 2x4 wood table to support this enlarger's baseboard. If I can print 5x7 negs up to 16x20 I will be a very happy camper
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This is what i am working on getting. Mine comes with a lot of accessories and a home made LED head
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Homemade LED head for any enlarger
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New Omega E3 5x7 Autofocus Enlarger by Nokton48, on Flickr

My new Omega 5x7 E3 Autofocus Enlarger arrived yesterday in three heavy boxes. These are the main pieces in my garage.

IT'S a BEAST.

It looks pretty good for being 70 years old! Having restored three 4x5 DII's I am ready for this. I am building a baseboard by gluing two pieces of 3/4" MTF. Lots of dirt and corrosion but I know how to deal with that. I will build a short 2x4 table to make a little bigger than 16x20s.

I also got a 4x5 condenser DII head with E3 Adapter, a homemade LED 5x7 E3 head (VERY COOL!), three E3 negative carriers, 5x7, 4x5 and 3x4. And two E3 lens cones and three E3 lenses. The two lens goodies are: The 190mm Wollensak, and the 135mm Wollensak. The enlarger came with both of those cams, the 190mm is serial number matched to the focusing cam on the enlarger column.

So, away I go into 5x7! I also do 8x10 but those are contact printed.
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E3 Baseboard Bottom Side Finished by Nokton48, on Flickr

Here the E3 Baseboard is finished. This is the bottom side, I was going to also use wood glue, but really I don't think it's going to come apart. Has over a hundred countersunk 1.25" construction screws holding it together. So this is now a 1 1/2" thick MTF baseboard.

This should support the heavy E3 5x7 Enlarger with no problems, I would think.

Now I will start to put the enlarger together, and see how everything fits together.
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E3 Ready for Restoration 1 by Nokton48, on Flickr

Here is the 5x7" E3 is rough assembled, ready to start restoration.

The head attached is a home made LED, installed into an original Omega E3 Diffusion Head. It required a shutter under the lens because of the funky bulbs. They had to stay on during printing.

Looks good so far. BTW 16x20s are it for me. So this will do the job.
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E3 5x7 150 F9 Schneider G-Claron by Nokton48, on Flickr

So now I need some appropriate glass, for enlarging 5x7 negs on the new E3. I went to www.glennview.com and Glenn notes the 150 F9 Schneider G-Claron works well as a 5x7 wide angle unit. It just so happens I have this lens. Once I get a good "fit" on the enlarger I will cut down the board and build the custom table so everything is at a convenient height. No need for a drop table with this one. What other lenses work well for WA 5x7?

I have the 120mm WA Rodagon but I think that's a 4x5 lens? If I'm wrong I'll be delighted.
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New Enlarging Setup by Nokton48, on Flickr

The DII on the left, is set up to make 8x10s from 4x5 negs, using a glassless film carrier, and 4x5 Omegalite Diffusion Head. Notice the Laser Align tool sitting on the 8x10 Speed Easel. The DII on the right, is set up make 5x7s from Minolta 16 negatives, using the Modern Enlarging Systems LED Diffusion Head and a dedicted 16mm film carrier and lens, which replaces the regular enlarging lens. This will be fun. And this is why I love having multiple enlargers.

New Enlarging Area Roughed In by Nokton48, on Flickr

The big new Automega E3 5x7 Enlarger will probably end up in the back corner. As you can see I have moved some storage shelves around. Working to clean up the E3, I did buy an original E3 instruction book from KHB Photographix. I'm also repainting parts of the E3, removing also a lot of rust and dust. I have completely cleaned up the enlarging cones for the 135mm and 190mm Wollensaks. Also trying other lenses to see what works well with 5x7 negs.
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This will be the new Washing and Drying Side. And Film Processing too.
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100 SCREWS ????? You may unseat me as the "King of overbuilders" with that one, Dan!

I may cut it down. It's NOT coming apart After the initial cleaning is done, I need to build a 2x4 table to go under it.
It will prolly end up in the far right corner of the darkroom.
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I'm buying some old Omega E parts from Glenn Evans, and I inquired about having him rebuild this Omega E-3 5x7 glass carrier unit. I don't have all the parts, he will have to make the clips, etc. So the carrier is on it's way to Glenn. He had built a number of custom things for me in the past.

www.glennview.com

I do have the original instruction book (from 1947) coming here soon.
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Durst 138 ANR 5x7 Glass by Nokton48, on Flickr

Glenn says he is out of Anti Newton glass, but suggests perhaps coated glass? We will see.

Meanwhile I snagged this original Durst 138 5x7 ANR glass (German Ebay) for about $85 total delivered.
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E3 Finally Installed by Nokton48, on Flickr

I've cleaned up the Automega E3 to the point it could be installed downstairs. Right now it is set up for 4x5 Condenser printing. 5x7 I will work on as new parts arrive. Needs aligned but looks pretty good with the 190mm Wolly. Image fills the baseboard left to right with 4x5 neg. 5x7 projection will require the longer easel; I'll cut it down after I figure it out.

I'm ready to start printing again, I've been recently distracted with home repairs and such. Picked up some more Multigrade developer and another 100 sheets of 8x10 Promaster VC RC yesterday.
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