3rd party/Minox enlarger

Discussion in 'Minox' started by c_p__, Jan 10, 2000.

  1. Hi,

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    After going through a couple of rolls (I'm new to Minox...) and having access to a scanner with great difficulty and of course, the Minox enlarger is even more inaccessible, I was thinking of "making" an enlarger (I know, it would be easier to get a 35mm enlarger ...) for Minox and 16mm.

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    Since the Minox enlarger is old and probably the copyrights has expired??, is there somehow of getting the Minox enlarger blueprint? If it is avail., I can get it made. (I think) The only obstacle would probably be the condenser. I do have access to milling, drilling and possibly iron/aluminium casting expertise. (My brother-in-law runs a foundry business and an avid photographer and a tinkerer.)

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    If this is viable, there may be a chance to make a couple more if Minoxers are interested.

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    I'm going to cross-post this to the Submini list to get more response if possible and see the possibilty of this.

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    Thanks
     
  2. In a Kindermann Canada 1993 price list, there was still new Minox enlarger lsited ( at C$1660).
    The BW Minox enlarger probably was stock item. By 1995, no more new Minox enlarger from Minox.
    <p> You may still find many Minox enlargers being offered on eBay, at reasonable prices.
    <p> As for remake Minox enlarger in Asia, that sounds a good idea. The best thing to do is
    write to Minox GmbH Wetzlar, Germany, and talk to them about it. It may be possible to make Minox enlarger in Asia at lower cost.
    <p> You may find Minox email address from their website http://www.minox.com
    <p> I think Minox is the only one who has the blue prints.
     
  3. I agree with Martin. First thing should be used or
    new old stock minox enlarger. Next thing could be a contact
    to the minox factory. These people are very helpful and
    perhaps they are really interessted in a new production.
    Sure they have spare parts, perhaps you can buy all
    important parts as spare. In the past, these parts were
    low priced, for example, a complete condensor (3 lenses!!!)
    was about $ 40 in 1996.
    A few weeks ago, there still was a NEW enlarger to sell
    at Wuestefeld, a local photo dealer here in Berlin, Germany,
    for about $600. Try www.wuestefeld.com
     
  4. Minox is enormously helpful, but given the move to Wetzlar, a massive
    sell-down of spare parts, etc., it is likely that they no longer have
    all of the parts for the Minox enlarger. Indeed, you may not really
    want a Minox enlarger because of the extreme difficulty in getting the
    special bulbs for the optical system. Best would be to get a Minox
    enlarging lens with film carrier and mount it to the lens board of an
    ordinary enlarger. The Submini-List (and maybe Sub Club) have shown
    examples of this sort of "enla head" arrangement.

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    The last production of enlargers was around 1988. My own was made in
    1984 by Minox on special order, and it took several days while they put
    the parts together. Wonderful device; try to get a Model III if you
    buy one used.
     
  5. Hello everyone. An old but interesting thread. Why the "Golden Calf" of a Minox enlarger? I have one and it is good, but my C-700 Omega is a lot more user friendly. Buy the Minox negative holder (not cheap), get a good quality (ie name brand) 20-35mm enlarging lens from where-ever (Ebay is good) and have fun. Cost me less than $100 USD, and now I can go to 11x14 with the Minox negs (only with a fine Calif. Chard by my side). Enjoy, Bill
     

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