Question about Meopta Opemus 6a Enlarger


Ogorriz

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Hello.

I am building my own lab at home again, after 20 years away from film. A good friend gave me a Meopta 6a head without the column, and now I need to buy it separately, something that seems quite difficult.

Found online a Meopta 5 enlarger very cheap (15€) one hour by car from home. The head will probably be damaged but the column seems to be fine.

My question is: Does anybody know if the opemus 6a head will fit in the Op. 5 column? If so, I will spend the time to go for it.

Thank you.
 

one eye jack

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Hello.

I am building my own lab at home again, after 20 years away from film. A good friend gave me a Meopta 6a head without the column, and now I need to buy it separately, something that seems quite difficult.

Found online a Meopta 5 enlarger very cheap (15€) one hour by car from home. The head will probably be damaged but the column seems to be fine.

My question is: Does anybody know if the opemus 6a head will fit in the Op. 5 column? If so, I will spend the time to go for it.

Thank you.
opemus5.jpg


From my reading I think it's doable as the column stand is similar (oblique) ? See Opemus 5 pic above.
See OPEMUS6 MANUAL photo ,the head attachment (rack and pinion looks the same) . Hope this helps. :)
Oh and welcome!

http://www.meoptahistory.com/?id=312

Opemus 6a
http://www.meoptahistory.com/index.php?id=306

Opemus 6 user manual:
http://dedius.free.fr/public/Photo/MEOPTA/ENLARGERS/NOTICES/opemus-6-en.pdf

Opemus5 part2 manual:
http://www.jollinger.com/photo/cam-coll/manuals/enlargers/misc/Opemus_5-En2.pdf

Opemus 5 lens board:
http://www.thedarkroom.co.uk/meopta-m39-lens-board-for-axomat-4-opemus-5.html

http://www.jollinger.com/photo/enlargers/meopta.html

Incidentally, there are two series of enlarging lenses available from Meopta for the Opemus. The Meogon f/5.6s are six-element designs and represent the best Meopta can provide. The Anaret f/4.5 lenses are low priced, and while not up to the performance of the Meogons, we found them perfectly adequate for non-critical work. Unfortunately these lenses fit no known thread other than those in Meopta lensboards, so if you want to use Schneider, Rodenstock or Nikkor enlarging lenses you'll have to order the proper lensboard when you order the enlarger.
 

one eye jack

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Although Opemus 6 was introduced in the 60s and Opemus 5 in 1981 it might be worth your effort to take enlarger head to try if it fits
the rack and pinion stand of 5. Here is photo of the 6. Good luck.

opemus6.jpg
 

one eye jack

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Something wrong with CS editing function...on second thought the rack gear strip is on the opposite side of the 5 so may not fit as expected? Or it's not evident the rack gear is present from angle of photo but it shoould be there?:eek: