Can someone tell me about a #13 safelight filter?

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  1. Jim Rice

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    I seem to be on the verge of an RA-4 darkroom and I wonder if the safelight is even worth trying. Any thoughts? Thanks.
     
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    Useless, as far as I am concerned.
     
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    Do you have problems becoming disoriented when you are in complete darkness? If so, the #13 filter can help.
     
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    I am pretty good in the dark.
     
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    I can load film holders.
     
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    And I have color printed without a safelight.
     
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    I have used one while printing solely for the purpose of helping to put large sheets of paper into processing tubes. It is still very dim, but I had less kinks in the paper that way. Your time under a safelight with RA-4 is very limited before fog is induced, so be careful.
     
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    Dear Jim,

    The only one worth it (that's easy to find) is a Thomas Duplex. I don't know if the filters are even available any more but I printed with them on in a community darkroom a few times and it was amazingly bright (still much darker than b&w) and caused no fogging.

    Neal Wydra
     
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    I have one that I use when printing RA-4. I have a roller processor, and find loading exposed prints in in the dark is fine, but sometimes things have been set down on the lid, and they go flying when I open the lid in the dark.

    Mostly it helps figuring out where you are turned in the room. It was more useful before I had fitted the Omega D5 in as my primary enlarger. It has illuminated dials for flitration that help me not bash my head against the enlarger head, as I was wont to do with the prior enlarger without use of the #13 safelight.

    Mine is an indirectly aimed little safelight - glass of the size of the Kodak duplex safelght. 7.5W bulb.

    You need to be in the dark for quite a while before your eyes begin to sense that this thing is even spilling any illumination out at all unless you are looking directly at it.
     
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    I have printed RA4 with a Duka sodium - that's considerably brighter than the #13 even set for darkest setting and bounced off the ceiling, which is what I did with RA4, but I can say that even being able to make out the outlines of things in the dark is a benefit, at least to me.