Data for Ilford MG 500 HLZ enlarger head

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  1. CCOS

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    Getting my new( old) enlarger this weekend, I found out that it have a HLZ heda for Ilford on it, not just a normal 500 H head but a HLZ.
    The enlarger is a Leitz IC with this Ilford Multigrade 500 HLZ head on, any of you got som data on that head? I'm told it uses 80W bulb but can,t find anything about it.

    Jesper

    eager to try this new thing...
     
  2. Chazzy

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    What is an HLZ?
     
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    Well should be at special version for som small enlarger, getteing it on sunday then I can post some pictures.

    Jesper
     
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    The HLZ is basically an ilford 500 head that was dedicated to the Focomat Ic. The bulbs are indeed 80 watt. The physical dimensions are quite a bit smaller than a regular "H" head and it does not have a cooling fan built in (probably one of the reasons that they went w/ lower wattage bulbs). Packaged together with the IC frame/chassis it makes a great 35mm enlarger (it is pretty hard to beat). The only questionable item is the Ilford adapter used to attach it to the enlarger chassis - it is made of flimsy plastic (I doubt that it would ever break in normal use, but it is pretty cheesy).
     
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    Would it be possible to post a picture of the head please?
    Just out of interest, I have never seen one of these before
     
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    Ilford MG 500HLZ pictures

    Finaly I got it home and put up, eager to work with it.
    Shot some pictures of it.

    Jesper
     

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  7. Thierry

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    Hello Jesper, that looks fine! I didn't know a head like this was made, thanks for the pictures.
    Indeed without ventilationfans as DAP said. That's not bad you know, one of my MG500-heads develloped an unbalance, and that means vibrations.
    Enjoy the beautiful enlarger :smile:

    Thierry
     
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    Jesper, Congrats on the purchase. These seem to be really hard to find (MUCH harder to find than the regular 500h head - I assume that they didn't make that many of the HLZs) so you did good! I actually have two of these...they fall into the "pry from my cold dead hands" category. I would argue that the focomat 1c with the HLZ head might be one of the most user friendly B+W 35mm format enlargers you will ever find. Enjoy!