Beseler 23CII, Aristo Cold Light, and VC filters

Discussion in 'Enlarging' started by Les Clark, Jul 7, 2006.

  1. Les Clark

    Les Clark Member

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    I have a 23Cii, and an older Aristo Cold Light head that fits into the former filter slot of the condenser head. So, where would you place VC filters above the negative? I know I can go below the lens.
     
  2. John Koehrer

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    Les,
    You can fabricate a filter slot to fit between the lamphouse and neg stage.
    I made one from plans derived from an article in C&D years ago.
    Easiest way to describe it would be as the letter "U" sandwiched between two pieces of masonite with a large hole cut through it.
    Think of it as a thin, three sided drawer.
     
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    I had to deal with this exact issue some years back. I had the older Aristo unit and bulb (#51?) that needed some correction to make it behave better with VC filters. I can't recall the correction filters as I write this but I had them taped over the bottom of the lamp housing. These were some old cc filters from a Beseler color printing filter kit. I was using VC filters simply placed over the negative carrier when sliding it into place. Not very elegant but it seemed to work. I later changed bulb/tube to the newer version but eventually went to a dichro unit and I prefer that after using it in condenser, then cold light, then dichro modes.
     
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    just place it on top of the negative carrier. Works fine, however, if you are split printing that is not a good option as one tends to move the negative a bit which usually creates focus issues on the easel.