DIY negative carriers

Since I prefer to print the whole negative and get a black border, I’ve made negative carriers for the larger negatives (6×4.5, 6×6, 6×7). The carriers are made of aluminum, and are cut out at a workshop  (the have precision milling machines ) and are carefully trimmed to the desired size  using a standard file, always using a original negative, e.g. from my Pentax 67, as a template. Each half is polished so there are no sharp edges or dust that can harm the negative. The two aluminum halves are put together using a good adhesive tape. To prevent light to leak out from the Fujimoto enlarger, a simple frame of wood and paper is made. Very simple but reliable negative carriers.

Fujimoto G70 manual

There seems to be a great interest in the Fujimoto G-70 these days and many of you are asking me of its capabilities. I’m very fond of it, great quality and a great performer in the darkroom. Attached with this post is the manual for the Fujimoto equipped with a computer. Note, that I’m using a simpler model without a computer…

The manual is found here.

If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact me.

Another enlarger


Enlargers are available at almost no cost these days. I just got my hands on a Liesegang Rajah IV. About US$ 90 for the outfit as above, including an extra large condensor lens making it possible to convert the Rajah to take 4×5″. 

Sure, there are many excellents large format Durst enlargers out there too, more modern, some fitted with colour head too. Still I felt quite attached to it when I saw it. It originally belonged to a photographer active during the 50´s to the 70’s. Everything he did in the darkroom was done in a careful manner. So a set of three enlarger lenses were supplied, 60 boxes of photopaper, one of them the legendary Dassonville paper, spare bulbs, and photographic notes – everything in mint condition. The Enlarger has that type of wrinkle paint that I have such a soft spot for. The drawbacks are that anti-Newton glass is missing and the focusing mechanism isn’t that smooth like the Fujimoto’s enlargers, still bearable to handle. From eBay, I’ve ordered a DeVere AN-glass (it arrived in one piece) so the major drawbacks are solved.