what is difference between omega d-2 & d-2V enlargers

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Would like th know the difference between the Omega D-2 and D-2v enlargers. there seems to be only about $75 in price used for these.

-- Gary Ross (gryrss@cyberhighway.net), January 15, 2001


The Omega D2 and D2-V are both condenser enlargers. The V stands for "VARIABLE"

With the D2 you have to change the section of the enlarger that holds the condenser lens when you print from different film formats...35mm requires a different condenser than the one required for 4x5.

With the D2-V you use the same condenser for all formats...all you need to do is change it's position.

That makes it a much simpler machine to use...

-- Dave Richhart (pritprat@erinet.com), January 15, 2001.

Gary... I should add that you can find out more than you ever wanted to know about Omega enlargers at "Ask Harry"... the website is at * www.classic-enlargers.com *

-- Dave Richhart (pritprat@erinet.com), January 15, 2001.

Some "D2V's" aren't marked as such. (I have one.) You can tell if a D2 is variable by determining if the upper condenser lens is adjustable in it's distance from the lower pair of condensers. If so, than it's a "variable" head.

-- neil poulsen (neil.fg@att.net), January 16, 2001.

The "Variable" head has a door on the front that opens up with "shelves" in it that allow you to place the condensors at different places.

The regular head is just the black lamphouse, and you have to change the entire condensor set (looks like a silver cylinder under the black lamphouse) for different film formats.

If you use more than one format, the variable head is nice as you don't need to purchase several condensor sets. If you stick to one format, you 'll never use the "variability" of the variable head.

Does the D-2 price include a condensor set?

-- John H. Henderson (jhende03@harris.com), January 16, 2001.

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