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Durst M601, any good?

Discussion in 'Everything Film' started by The Circle Of Confusion, Jul 20, 2007.

  1. The Circle Of Confusion

    The Circle Of Confusion Well-Known Member

    I've got the chance to get my mits on a Durst M601 enlarger. Is there anything particularly good or bad about this model that I should look out for?

  2. Rhys

    Rhys Sasquatch

    Not much help on this one, I've got an M605 B&W enlarger and found it to be an excellent enlarger - I guess they will be similar.
  3. taxor

    taxor Well-Known Member

    I only had the M605, but I think the build quality will be pretty good. They're sort of the next step up from the 'c' models which were (i've read) OK. Is it a colour head or condenser type?
  4. PeteE

    PeteE Well-Known Member

    'M' means Monochrome not the colour head type: I have one, given to me by an old gent free; it came with a 50mm f4.5 Minolta E-Rokkor and a 75mm f4.5 British Wray Supar lens, condensers for 6x6 and 35mm format and I find it very good. There is a filter draw so I use Ilford Multigrade filters for B/W multigrade printing, and I keep my LPL C7700 for colour RA4 printing.
  5. taxor

    taxor Well-Known Member

    Not sure you're right on that Pete. I had an M605 colour and an
    M605 B&W, both were 'M' spec models. I much preferred the condenser head though.
  6. The Circle Of Confusion

    The Circle Of Confusion Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info chaps. I'm going to have a look at the kit tomorrow. If it's in good nick I'll buy it.
  7. dyncoed

    dyncoed Well-Known Member

    Ive got one, just the basic B&W one with a tray for MG filters and diffuser. Its OK for B&W work, 35mm and 6x4.5. One critisism i have is, that on the highest extension on the column, it has a tendency to wobble, and the focusing wheel is very stiff and hard to reach if your using a smaller focus finder. The light output gets worse on the higher settings. Leave filters out until focused, this will help light output for focusing, but do not be tempted to use a stronger bulb than 75W either, it will definately pop your film very quickly, or even worse, melt it!.

    I upgraded mine from a M301, which was a smaller model just for 35mm work, but the baseboard fixing limited you to a 12x10. The M601 is more sturdy, as it takes film up to 6x6, and enlarges so far up to 16x12, which is a size i havent yet progressed to.

    My suggestion is to go for a more solid M607 if you can afford to, but if the M601 is dirt cheap, it'll do if you can live with its limitations.

  8. Woolliscroft

    Woolliscroft Well-Known Member

    Can you still get the bulbs? There have been realy supply problems with incandecent enlarger bulbs since Philips stopped making them. You might be better off with something that takes halogen bulbs.
  9. dyncoed

    dyncoed Well-Known Member

    I got some bulbs from Firstcall last year in Somerset, so i dont know whats the present supply is like.
    I'd assume that there are a few places that still stock them, if not, there's bound to be some on t'internet somewhere ;)

  10. The Circle Of Confusion

    The Circle Of Confusion Well-Known Member

    The guy is selling the enlarger with timer, an easel, MG filters, dev trays and the usual gubbins for about £80 which seems a canny price to me.

    I will have a look into a source for the bulbs.
  11. The Circle Of Confusion

    The Circle Of Confusion Well-Known Member

    Ooo I see you have cake. Happy birthday :D
  12. dyncoed

    dyncoed Well-Known Member

    It doesnt sound too bad for all that, although I have to say I only paid £5 for mine. For my fiver i got an enlarger, 50 + 80mm durst(Schneider)lenses, film holders(35mm + 6x6), diffuser filters, bulbs and a spare condenser glass lens.

    Although it has weaknesses, I'm actually in no rush to change mine!

  13. The Circle Of Confusion

    The Circle Of Confusion Well-Known Member

    A fiver!!! Bargain :D
  14. taxor

    taxor Well-Known Member

    Although I prefer B&W (condenser type) enlargers, I must admit that locating replacement bulbs is the main problem now. Some enterprising company in one of the emerging economies will take over production sooner or later and specialist bulbs like these would probably escape the impending ban. BTW, happy birthday Mark!
  15. The Circle Of Confusion

    The Circle Of Confusion Well-Known Member

    Well I've bought it. It was in good condition with all the necessary accessories and a spare bulb (very handy given what I've just read!)

    It's currently languishing in my folk's loft as I'm still househunting at the moment. Hopefully once that's sorted I'll get some prints made. Hurrah!
  16. taxor

    taxor Well-Known Member

    Have fun! :)
  17. dyncoed

    dyncoed Well-Known Member

    Yes, enjoy!


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