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Old 20th May 2020, 02:11 PM
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6x9 is one of the formats I shoot and I can say the De Vere 203 does not fully cover 6x9, you can get 6x7 + a few mms more and that's it. My 6x9 work gets printed on a De Vere 504.

The De Vere 504 will of course cover formats from 35mm up to 5x4 but if you are using 35mm most of the time then a good MF / 35mm enlarger would be more suited to your needs. Doing 35mm on on a 504 works great, but it is massivly over-kill.

There are not that many 6x9 cameras out there, are sure you really need 6x9 capibility ?

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2. After a short period of familiarisation you will find that the front-of-baseboard adjustment wheels make autofocus unnecessary - you focus as you change the magnification.
3. 40x60cm from 35mm on the bench - just! 19x magnification.
4. M39? Lens boards are available for all sizes. M39 is common.
8. The glass negative carriers have adjustable masks for different formats. Choose anti-Newton glass for the top and avoid condenser illumination.
9. No
10. Is it possible to move the plate with the lens to create tilt effects, or to correct distortion? Yes
The best head for N&B is the Multgrade 500, which has an EBM-Papst balanced fan, controlled. Mixing chambers for 6x7 and 35mm are available.
I worked in Paris (Pictorial) for a short while and De Vere enlargers were common in the pro labs, distributed by Sitte.
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Old 20th May 2020, 06:23 PM
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I can throw some light on this one:

5. Is there any advantage to choose a MKII version rather than the previous one?


The MK II is newer of course and finished in an attractive black, whereas all the MK Is I have seen have been finished in cream. The MK II black finish looks better to my eye than the cream finish.

My two De Vere MK Is (504 & 203) have the cream finish.

I have used MK II 203s both at the old RPS Bath darkrooms and at couple of colleges I have run lith printing courses at and as far as I can remember they operated exactly the same as the MK 1s.

I asuume a decent MK II would be more expensive than a decent MK I but by how much I have no idea. But if you buy a good example of either you are bound to be delighted and will have an enlarger that will last you a life-time.

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Old 19th November 2021, 03:35 PM
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With a very long delay but.. Alex, Neil and JoReynolds many thanks!!
I've been away from photography for more than a year now, health problems :-/ and haven't bought my enlarger yet
it's going better now and I'll try to catch up in the next few months.
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I hope you are now in better health now

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Question 9. Is it possible to rotate the head by 90 to print on the wall?

Answer = No

The head and lens panels are independent and fixed to the column. However, the height of the column allows printing up to 50x60 com on the baseboard.

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