Welcome, Durst M601

“Read my lips”, I told everyone who wanted to listen. Hell, I even said it to those who did not want to listen.
“Read my lips”, I spoke, “I’ll never ever own an enlarger anymore. I develop my film and then I scan it into my digital workflow.”
Yep, that’s what I’ve been saying for the past few years. Ever since I started doing film photography again.

By the way, the last time I used an enlarger was in the early nineties of past century.

I must admit, since I’ve I did some cyanotypes recently, watching the magic of an image appearing out of nowhere, my mindset has somewhat changed. Secretly, I’ve been browsing a second-hand site for enlargers.

My youngest daughter, Little A (18+) is now living with me so I have less room in my apartment. Also she wishes to see my Jobo CPE2 developing machine leave the kitchen.

A good second-hand enlarger goes for 50-200+ Euro while you can find a Meopta for 30 bucks or less.

Why not settle for a Meopta?

I wish to find an enlarger that does 35mm and 6×6. Meopta had such enlargers but they are very hard to find.
When I got my Axomat 3 back in the seventies (years of production: 1974-77), I was still a photography student. I wasn’t able to buy a Durst.

Now I wish to own something more sturdy, and “better”. No, I am not biased. Meopta served me well.

Two weeks ago I made kind of fun bid on a Durst M601 with a 50mm lens, a timer, a 30×40 glazing press, a red safe light, and some paper and chemicals.
My bid was 50 Euro.

I had almost forgotten. But then, a few days ago I got an email telling me the seller agreed with my 50 Euro.

So now I own a very good second-hand Durst M601 J

I’ll have to find a place I can use as a darkroom. I’m thinking putting the enlarger on a small table with wheels so I can roll it into the bathroom on Wednesday afternoons when Little A. is at school.

Now all I have to do I find a place where I can set up my Jobo CPE2 again.

The images I make with my 4×5” camera’s will still be part of my digital workflow albeit I’ll be making digital negatives so I can print them too.

Read my lips, color will remain digital though.

PIERRE ANDRE LECLERCQ [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D, from Wikimedia Commons


  1. I said when I packed my darkroom away that I would never print negs again. Then a friend of mine gave me Beseler enlarger, I’m now in the process of resetting up my darkroom in the spare bedroom. 😀

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