I have been trying to find a reasonably priced copy stand that gives me enough height to use a 135mm Rodagon Enlarger lens, and also, to use one of my other enlarger lenses to photograph full slabs. I looked around for quite a while, and everything seemed to be in the $200 or higher range. So, I started thinking, maybe I can use an old Enlarger Stand, remove the projector, etc. and have a very sturdy copy stand.
I looked for a while, and decided that it wasn't going to get much cheaper than one I saw for $20 with $28 shipping (for a total gamble/investment of $48). That total is about $15 less than I even paid for my low-end copy stand.
Well, the stand arrived today, and it's a sturdy thing. The height is much more than I imagined at about 3 feet, and it's a very simplistic and unobtrusive design. The enlarger that it belongs to is the Fuji N670 MF. Some of the things that worked out well.
1) It has a screw on the back that allows me to adjust the focus plane using the "mirror" method.
2) A turn knob on the side makes large adjustments up and down very fast and easy, and it's pretty steady at a given height. There is a spring like ribbon of metal that is coiled up in the top of the stand, that adds upward tension to the whole mount mechanism.
3) The construction is all metal, and very sturdy. It is solid, has a very nice working size base, but at the same time it is easy to move around and my bellows mounts to where the enlarger mounted with the same size screw.
My question for you all: IS THIS A GOOD IDEA?
Is anyone else using an enlarger base as a copy stand? What are the pros and cons of this setup (besides the obvious one that it requires that you have enough space for this kind of stand)? Is this a disaster waiting to happen that I'm not thinking of?
I'm attaching a few pics I snapped so you have an idea of what it looks like.
The original eBay auction picture:The enlarger stand with my Canon 50D and bellows attached:Some of the knobs and settings: