Colour corrective filters

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  1. Stephen Coates

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    I have a Meopta Opemus 4 enlarger which I have been using for B&W printing. However, I would soon like to start doing my own C41 developing and RA4 printing.

    The Meopta manual says to do this, I will need colour corrective filters. Unfortunately, I can not find much information on the internet about these.

    Does anyone know anything about these filters, or where I may obtain some from?

    I know a colour enlarger would be more suitable, but changing enlargers isn't really practical for me.

    Thanks
    Stephen Coates
     
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    Stephen, you'll need something like this.
     
  3. Ian Grant

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    They were once very common but the widespread use of dichroic colour means t they've became rare. I have an Agfa set but they only worked for Agfa papers, but I may have another set stored at my mothers that are Kodak/Fuji compatible.

    As you spell "Colour" correctly you can have them if I've still got them. Where abouts are you ?

    Ian
     
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    Another option is to buy the Meopta Colour 3 head which should bolt onto your Opemus 4 with no problems. They turn up on ebay from time to time, you may have to buy an entire enlarger to get the head, but it's a lot cheaper than buying new - Nova sell the head for £165.
     
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    I think Opemus 4 needs Meopta Color 2. The 3 fits Opemus 6.
     
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    Thanks for the replies.

    I would be interested if you do have them. I knew spelling colour correctly would come in handy one day. I am in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

    Thanks
    Stephen Coates
     
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    check ebay. It's much easier to print with a dichro head though.
     
  9. Steve Smith

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    You got away with that one. He could have been Canadian (or an American who could spell properly!).


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    No luck Stephen, I found the filters but there's too many missing from the set so it's useless.

    Ian
     
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    An archaic method and nothing but dust problems. I tried it one time with an Omega 4x5 because I had no 4x5 dichroic head.

    You will be MUCH happier with a colour head containing dichroic filters.
     
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    I don't mean to hijack this thread but what about using the color filters found in a dichroic head enlarger on B&W prints....I have a Bessler Color 67 and want to use the filters on B&W prints.

    Thanks!

    Ray
     
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    Ray, it works fine. Ilford have a table that estimates the contrast grade for each colour filter pack. It might be online, it's certainly inside every box of paper.
     
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    It's the norm to use the dichroic heads for B&W work with multi contrast papers see Ilford's PDF.

    Ian
     
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    Thanks anyway.

    I will look into getting some sometime in the future. I'll practise my black and white printing first a bit more though since I haven't done any for a while now.

    Need to develop some colour film first though.
     
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    Thank you Steve and Ian!! I have been using standard gel B&W filters with the built in filters dialed to 0. Clearly missing the boat...lol

    Ray
     
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    sadly, there's no dedicated colour head for Opemus 4.
    but that doesn't mean you can't adapt something for this enlarger.
     
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