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Found this small enlarger on the curb with other large items to be discarded.  After giving it a thorough cleanup, new bulb and new switch, I tried it and it seem to be ok.  It’s quite bright and it focuses easily.  The little drawer in between the light bulb and negative carrier, what is it for...?  I am guessing it’s to insert filters, but maybe not.  The square measured roughly 70mm x 70mm and it has two tabs on opposite sides.  

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Yes, a filter drawer. My Omega B22XL had a filter drawer in the same position. It took thin filters cut to size of the tray for multi contrast paper. I believe they are still available.

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5 minutes ago, TomB_tx said:

Yes, a filter drawer. My Omega B22XL had a filter drawer in the same position. It took thin filters cut to size of the tray for multi contrast paper. I believe they are still available.

Thanks for your reply.

Last time I had a functional darkroom was back in 1989.  I never used any filters because the  home made enlarger I was using back in the days had no filter drawer.  Do you think something cheaper may work instead of very expensive Ilford filters ...   

 

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For multicontrast paper you really need a filter set matched to the type of paper. The filters balance light at two wavelengths to vary the contrast. I found the old filters I used to use for Kodak polycontrast did not work well with the modern Ilford paper I tried. Rather than experiment more I went back to single contrast papers (2 & 3 work for me) and skipped the filter effort.

I also picked up a Leitz Focomat V35 with color head, and then found a trashed one with the multigrade B&W module which I moved to the good enlarger. But I've been sidetracked for years and haven't tried it out yet. I used an Omega B22XL for decades, and find I can still get good prints faster with it, because of long experience. But I'll admit I just scan my negatives most of the time - getting lazy in old age.

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