Mark Farnsworth , Oct 28, 2002; 02:44 a.m.
Bogan enlargers are OK, but there are probably better ones available. If you get the Bogan, you need to make sure that you have all the necessary accessories such as negative carriers and lens boards, because they may be hard to come by. The Beseler 23C II or III is probably one of the better enlargers sold on ebay for a reasonable price and with lots of available accessories. The Beseler 67C is good, but avoid the 67CP or Printmaker becasue of the weaker columns.
Whatever you get, the enlarger lens is the most important equipment that will impact the quality of your prints. The best bargains on ebay are the 6-element El-Nikkor 80mm f/5.6 for medium format, and the El-Nikkor 50mm f/2.8 for 35mm negatives.
Whatever enlarger you get, you need to make sure it is aligned properly and parallel to the baseboard. There are sophisticated and expensive tools available to do this, but a high quality bubble level is better than nothing.