Enlarger bellows flare

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  1. philldresser

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    Rigged up my 'new' Devere 504 enlarger tonight after some prelim maintenance.

    I placed a neg in the 5x4 holder and projected onto the baseboard and noticed a series of fient but noticable concentric square rings around the image. Further investigation determined that it was flare from the bellows. Is this normal. I have used an LPL enlarger but did not notice this problem.

    Would it be worth painting the inside of the bellows or what else can you recommend.

    Phill
     
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    You might put a 45 neg holder in the enlarger and see if the rings are still there. Of course, the blacker the better inside your enlarger. I don't know about paint on bellows. Black baffles made of thin shim stock is something telescope makers use to reduce stray light. I don't know where they would go in a Devere, as I don't know these enlargers.
     
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    The rings are clearly evident with the 5x4 holder in place.
    I vacuumed the inside of the bellows this morning (very dusty) and cleaned all internal surfaces and will experiment again tonight.

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    Phill,

    I am not sure if your enlarger is a condensor or diffusion light source enlarger. However this sounds like my Durst when the lamp is not properly adjusted to the condensors.

    If you have a diffusion source, then I would plan on everything internal to the light path needing to be a flat black.