Ollinger's Guide to Photographic Enlargers: Miscellaneous Make Enlargers
Ollinger's Guide to Enlargers

Miscellaneous Make Enlargers

Introduction

A large number of companies made enlargers over the years. In cases where I had enough to justify giving a brand its own page, I have done so; these are the rest.

This may be sparse, but in most cases, the information here is all I have to go on, and I'm fortunate I have this much.

I have a few of Instruction Manuals and brochures available for download. click for manual


Quick Comparison

Make Model Country Era Format Baseboard Head Focusing Autofocus Column Ref Notes
Baco (none) n/a 1940s - 1980s 6 x 9 cm 18 x 24 condenser n/a No n/a 4, 6 Converts to copy stand; comes with negative carrier. $50
Baco Precision USA Late 1940s 2-¼ x 3-¼" n/a Diffusing condensers Rack & pinion No Single post 2  
Compco 620 USA Late 1940s 2-¼ x 3-¼" n/a Diffusion Helical No Single post 2 Mfg by Compco
Cosar/Mornick 371R   1981 6x7cm 18 x 24" Diffusion   No   4 Voltage-regulated power supply for colorhead; film advances in carrier. Model 371U same but with unregulated p/s.
Curtis Color Film Enlarging Printer USA Late 1940s 35mm n/a Condenser (plastic) Optical bench design No Optical Bench design 6 Specially made for making 4x5 color separation negatives from 35mm transparencies. Mfg by Curtis Labs
Curtis Enlarging Color Printer USA Late 1940s 35mm n/a Double condenser Rack & pinion No Single post 2 Specially made for color printing. Mfg by Curtis Labs
DeJur Versatile I USA Late 1940s 2-¼ x 3-¼" n/a Double condenser Bellows No Single post 2 Mfg by DeJur Amsco
DeJur Versatile II USA Late 1940s 3-¼ x 3-¼" n/a Double condenser Bellows No Single post 2 Mfg by DeJur Amsco
DeJur Versatile Professional USA Late 1940s 4x5 n/a Double condenser Bellows No Single post 2 Mfg by DeJur Amsco
Make Model Country Era Format Baseboard Head Focusing Autofocus Column Ref Notes
Engineered Products Unicam USA Late 1940s 4x5" n/a Diffusion Rack & pinion No Single post 2 Used owner's camera as the lens stage
Fotar 4x5   1981 4 x 5" 26 x 36" Diffusion   Yes   4 Autofocus with manual override; blower cooled
Fotar 10   1981 8 x 10" 26 x 36" Diffusion   Yes   4 Autofocus with manual override; blower cooled
Fotar FH 810   1983 10 x 10"   condenser or diffusion   no   5 Horizontal model; fully motorized; dual speed, 2-direction remote of lens and chassis $9,000-11,250
Fotar FV 45   1983 4 x 5" 30 x 36" condenser or diffusion   no   5 Freestanding on 7'6" frame; 30x30 copyboard; manual operation. $3,950
Fotar FV 810-100   1983 10 x 10" 32 x 42" condenser or diffusion   no   5 Freestanding on 8' frame; $6,930
Fotar FV 810-101   1983 10 x 10" 32 x 42" condenser or diffusion   no   5 Wall mounted on 10' frame. $9,135
Fotar FV 810-200   1983 10 x 10" 32 x 42" condenser or diffusion   no   5 Freestanding on 8' frame. $5,890
Make Model Country Era Format Baseboard Head Focusing Autofocus Column Ref Notes
Hansa H-2000 n/a 1981 6 x 6cm 14-12 x 17-3/4" Condenser   No   4 Easy conversion to copy stand
Hansa Prima 35 n/a Early 1960s 35mm 10 x 12 Double condenser Rack & pinion No Single post 1, 3  
Hansa Prima 6 x 6 n/a mid 1960s 2-¼ x 2-¼" 14 x 16 Double condenser Helical No Single post with parallelogram 1, 3  
Homrich VA 120T n/a 1981 5 x 5" 30 x 40" diffusion   No   4 Motorized focus, 1000W lamp, digital electronic autofocus option and copy adapter available (VA 120D includes triopod column and motorized adjustable table plate)
Homrich VA 180T n/a 1981 5 x 7 " 30 x 40" diffusion   No   4 Motorized focus, 1000W lamp, digital electronic autofocus option and copy adapter available (VA 180D includes triopod column and motorized adjustable table plate)
Homrich VA 200T n/a 1981 10 x 10" 30 x 40" diffusion   No   4 Motorized focus, 2000W lamp, digital electronic autofocus option and copy adapter available
Homrich VA 250T n/a 1981 10 x 10" 30 x 40" diffusion   No   4 Motorized focus, 2000W lamp, digital timer and shutter; digital display of filter values; motorized baseboard; digital electronic autofocus option and copy adapter available
Homrich VVA 250 n/a 1981 10 x 10" horizontal diffusion   No   4 Horizontal model; motorized adjustments; twin-guided lens carrier; 4-way masking
Ihagee Lumimax n/a Late 1930s 5x6cm n/a n/a Helical No Single post Link Comes with wooden case for travel
Make Model Country Era Format Baseboard Head Focusing Autofocus Column Ref Notes
Kalt Parallelogram #66 n/a 1981 6 x 6cm 13-1/2 x 17-1/4" condenser   No   4 Base converts to copy stand
Kenro UES-10 n/a 1983 10 x 10" 35 x 37" diffusion   No   5 Includes Omega D5500 color head with closed loop dichro light system; 20x24 vacuum easel, motorized lens and neg carrier drive; $9,475-$14,750
Keyser Cold Light USA Late 1940s 4 x 5" n/a Cold light Rack & pinion No Single post 2  
Kindermann Amatofirm III n/a Early 1960s 35mm 10 x 12 Single condenser Helical No Oblique post 1, 3  
Kindermann Amatofix and Amotfix-Automat n/a Early 1960s 35mm 16x20 Single condenser Helical No Oblique post 1  
Kindermann Amatograph-Automat n/a mid 1960s 2-¼ x 2-¼" 15-½ x 23-½ Single condenser Rack & Pinion Yes Single post with parallelogram 3  
Lewco Minilite USA Late 1940s 2-¼ x 3-¼" n/a Diffusion Rack & pinion/helical No Single post 2  
Make Model Country Era Format Baseboard Head Focusing Autofocus Column Ref Notes
Magnalux 35 n/a Early 1960s 35mm 18 x 24 Single condenser Rack & pinion No Single post 3  
Magnalux 120 n/a Mid 1960s 2-¼ x 3-¼" 14 x 19 Double condenser Rack & pinion No Single post 3  
Magnalux Super n/a Mid 1960s 4 x 5 18 x 25 Double condenser Rack & pinion No Single post 3  
Marful Model 44 USA Late 1940s 4x5 n/a Diffusion Rack & pinion No Single post 6 Direct-positive reflection enlarger/reducer
Minori 4 x 5 n/a Mid 1960s 4 x 5 24 x 30 Double condenser Rack & pinion No Single post 3  
National G-33 USA Late 1940s 4 x 5 n/a Cold light Friction No Single post 6 Two sets of bellows-above and below negative carrier to allow perspective control
Ocean Ocean n/a Mid 1960s 2-¼ x 2-¼" 14-½ x 18 Double condenser Friction No Single post 3  
Patterson 35mm B&W n/a 1981 35mm 15-1/2 x 16" condenser   No   4  
Patterson 35mm Color n/a 1981 35mm 15-1/2 x 16" condenser   No   4 13 color filters and UV filter built into the head; lever slides the fitlers into the light pathy; illuminated filter indicators (with developing and printing kit)
Paxomat IC n/a Early 1960s 35mm 10 x 12 Single condenser Rack & pinion Yes Single post 1, 3  
Paxos 6B n/a Mid 1960s 2-¼ x 2-¼" 14 x 18 Single condenser Rack & pinion No Single post 3  
Paxota 35-S n/a Early 1960s 35mm 10 x 12 Single condenser Rack & pinion No Oblique post 1  
Peco 1A Canada Late 1940s 2-¼ x 3-¼" n/a Diffusion Rack & pinion No Single post 2  
Peco 1B Canada Late 1940s 2-¼ x 3-¼" n/a Double condenser Rack & pinion No Single post 2  
Photo-Sphere Senator USA Late 1940s 3-¼ x 4-¼" n/a Diffusion Friction No Single post 6  
Printex n/a USA Late 1940s 4x5 n/a Double condenser Friction No Single post 6  
Precise 160-A USA Late 1940s 2-¼ x 3-¼" n/a Diffusion Helical No Single post 2 Mfg by American Photo Labs
Primos Autofocus 35 Pro n/a Early 1960s 35mm 15-½ x 19-½ Double condenser Helical Yes Single post 1  
Primos Autofocus 35 Junior n/a Early 1960s 35mm 15 x 18-½ Single condenser Helical Yes Single post 1, 3  
Primos Testreflex 35 n/a Early 1960s 35mm 14 x 17-½ Single condenser Rack & pinion No Single post 1, 3, Link Reflex system for focusing test negative
Primos Testreflex 2-¼ x 2-¼" n/a Mid 1960s 2-¼ x 3-¼" 14 x 17-3/4 Single condenser Rack & pinion No Single post 3 Reflex system for focusing test negative
Prinz 66 n/a 1981 6x9cm 14 x 17-½ condenser n/a No n/a 4 Comes with 2 neg carriers; head detatches to covert to copy stand
Prolarger Vertical and Horizontal USA Late 1940s 35mm n/a Triple condenser Focusing tube No n/a 2  
Make Model Country Era Format Baseboard Head Focusing Autofocus Column Ref Notes
Rollei 6x7XL n/a 1981 6 x 7 cm 18 x 24" condenser   No   4 Removable lens cone, lamp; colorhead or condenser models available -- Reviewed Darkroom Photography, Jul 1981 (Vol 3 #4)
Rollei E 6x7 n/a 1981 6 x 7 cm 17-3/4 x 17-3/4 " condenser   No   4 Convection-cooled; colorhead needs no external transformer; chassis and head priced separately
Rowi 35 n/a Mid 1960s 35mm 12-½ x 15 Double condenser Clamping lever No Single post 3  
Rowi 66 n/a Mid 1960s 2-¼ x 2-¼" 13-½ x 16-¼ Double condenser Rack & pinion No Single post 3  
Make Model Country Era Format Baseboard Head Focusing Autofocus Column Ref Notes
Saltzman 30W, 30-WA, 30-WR, 30-WRC USA Late 1940s 5x7 except 30-WA: 8x10 n/a Cold light Worm gear No n/a 2, 6 Models are essentially same except max negative size, size and weight of enlarger itself
Saltzman MB6A USA Late 1940s 8 x 10 n/a Double condenser Worm gear No n/a 2  
Saunders Color Enlarger II   1983 6 x 7cm 19 x 21-1/4 condenser   No n/a 5 $90
Skyview 35 USA Late 1940s 35mm n/a Double condenser Tube No Single post 2 Mfg by Cleveland Instrument Service
Skyview 23 DGE USA Late 1940s 2-¼ x 3-¼" n/a Double condenser Bellows No Single post 2 Mfg by Cleveland Instrument Service
Skyview 4x5 DGE USA Late 1940s 4x5 n/a Double condenser Bellows No Single post 2 Mfg by Cleveland Instrument Service
Spiratone 35 USA Early 1960s 35mm 12x16 Double condenser Rack & pinion No Single post 1,3  
Spiratone 4 x 5 Color PA USA Mid 1960s 4 x 5 19 x 24 Double condenser Rack & pinion No Single post with parallelogram 3  
Spiratone 4 x 5 Color Pro USA Mid 1960s 4 x 5" 19 x 24 Double condenser Rack & pinion No Single post 3  
Spiratone 66 USA Mid 1960s 2-¼ x 2-¼" 12 x 16 Double condenser Rack & pinion No Single post 3  
Spiratone 80   1981 6 x 6 cm 17-1/2 x 18" condenser       4  
Spiratone D356 USA Mid 1960s 2-¼ x 2-¼" 14 x 20 Double condenser Rack & pinion No Single post 3  
Standard Fixed Focus USA Late 1940s 35mm n/a Diffusion Fixed No Box 2  
Make Model Country Era Format Baseboard Head Focusing Autofocus Column Ref Notes
Thimble 35 n/a Early 1960s 35mm 14x18 Double condenser Helical No Single post 1  
Unicolor 35-S n/a 1981 35mm 13 x 15 condenser   No   4  
Unicolor 66S n/a 1981 6 x 6cm 13 x 15 condenser   No   4 XL model available with larger baseboard and 18x max magnification; can be used as copy stand
Unicolor 66DS n/a 1981 6 x 6cm 14 x 17-3/4 condenser   No   4 XL model available with larger baseboard and 18x max magnification; can be used as copy stand
Uniphot/Levit Star-D n/a 1981 35mm 14 x 19 condenser   No   4  

Key

Era: It's nearly impossible to get actual production year spans; I've provided this simply to give an idea of when an enlarger was in production.

Focusing:

Autofocus: not to be confused with what we think of as autofocus today; these enlargers don't focus themselves. What they do is offer a sort of tracking control so that once the image is focused, it stays in focus as you change the elevation of the head for cropping.

Column: all columns are assumed to be vertical unless oblique is noted. Oblique columns (i.e. angled forward) are nice at higher head elevations because the image won't expand back across the column post when the head is at the top of the post. On smaller enlargers this wouldn't be a problem, but at larger magnifications (and with lenses with shorter focal lengths), this can become a concern.

References

  1. Modern Photography magazine, October 1962
  2. Modern Photography magazine, December 1949
  3. Modern Photography magazine, February 1965
  4. Darkroom Photography magazine, Vol 3 #5, September 1981
  5. Darkroom Photography magazine, Vol 5 #5, July 1983
  6. Minicam Photography magazine, September 1947