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Convert Axomat5 to 6x6?

Discussion in 'Everything Film' started by Rob Greaves, Jul 6, 2001.

  1. Rob Greaves

    Rob Greaves New Member

    Does any know know if it is possible, or have they managed to use an Axomat5 enlarger for 6x6 negs? I see Meopta do a light diffuser for 6x6, and obviously I can get a lens to suit, but they don't do a 6x6 neg carrier. Maybe the enlarger would need some modifications also, but what are your thoughts? I'm desparate to be able to print my medium format negs as well as good old 35mm.

    Rob Greaves.
  2. Steve L

    Steve L Well-Known Member

    Meopta do a 6x6 neg carrier for the Opemus 6, but I don't think you can adapt the '5' to suit. It only does 35mm. You could try the importers 'RK photographic'. They advertise in AP.
  3. RonM

    RonM Alpha Napper


    The importers "RK Photographic" do have various sized neg carriers, including 6x6, however, I'm not sure if they will work with the 5? you might want to check out their web site <A HREF="http://www.thedarkroom.co.uk">http:// www.thedarkroom.co.uk </A> and or possibly contact them

    Good luck with your search.

    <font color=blue><b>RonM</b></font color=blue>
  4. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    There are 2 easy stages:
    1. Sell Axomat 5
    2. Buy Opemus 6 (or any other M/F enlarger)

    Sorry, can't think of another way!

  5. Brian

    Brian Venerable Elder

    At last..The sensible answer.

  6. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Thanks, Brian.
    As an aside, why do enlargers all use the L39 thread? I assume that it was originally to use the camera lens, but could the enlarger thread have come first? I'm sure that you'll know!

  7. Brian

    Brian Venerable Elder


    I don't know the real answer but. The first Leica with interchangeable lenses was introduced in 1930. The first mention of the Leitz Valoy enlarger that I can find is 1931. Bearing in mind that at this time the 24mmx36mm format was almost unique to Leitz the use of the camera lense would have made sense. Although Leitz must have intended the common usage as a convenience rather then an optical ideal. Interestingly cameras are so well documented, Enlargers hardly ever get a look in.
  8. Canonball

    Canonball Well-Known Member

    So do medium format enlargers use the L39 mount lenses too?
    Many moons ago, I had a Gnome enlarger (35mm & B/W only, a Cadet I think) which came with an L39 flange as standard, but I changed it for an M42 mount to use my Pentax lens. I think the M42 flange was an optional extra, probably cost about an extra 7/6d at the time. Ah those were the days, when we had real money./img/wwwthreads/smile.gif

    Canon(Even nostalgia ain't like it used to be)ball
  9. Brian

    Brian Venerable Elder

    It's an interesting point Geoff. Now perhaps you can remember what enlarger you were using 71 years ago but I can't. The interesting thing is were there enlargers prior to 1931 that used the L39 thread and if so did Leitz pinch the idea from someone else. I would have thought enlarging was fairly rare in the twenties so would suggest that not many were around. Re other lenses for other formats, the El Nikkor 150mm is M55 from memory. But some just as with large format lenses are installed by splittig the lens, passing one half through a plain hole and then screwing the other half back together. Well you try explaining it?/img/wwwthreads/wink.gif


    The Postman bit Smith this morning. Thought you would like to know.
  10. Canonball

    Canonball Well-Known Member

    Ah now you're just trying to confuse me Brian, and yes, I know that dosen't take much doing./img/wwwthreads/smile.gif

    One of my mates at the NCDL in Leeds will be paying Postman Pat a visit following the unprovoked attack on poor Smiffy. I hope he retalliated./img/wwwthreads/wink.gif

  11. Brian

    Brian Venerable Elder

    Pee'd all over him Geoff, but your mate can finish him off. Talking about mates quiet with Will at work, poor sod.

  12. Canonball

    Canonball Well-Known Member

    Ah too late Brian, he's home now.<img src="/img/wwwthreads/wink.gif">


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