Federal 450 enlarger DIY?

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  1. athanasius80

    athanasius80 Member

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    Ok. I did it. I found a Federal 450 (4x5) enlarger head from source Aand am mating it to a base from source B. When the head arrived in the mail, the condenser lenses were chipped in several places from transit. In the collective wisdom of Apug, do I:

    1. Pretend the condenser isn't damaged and print away?

    2. Yank the condenser and fit a ground glass plate in its place?

    3. Leave the condenser in and add a ground glass to it?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Paul Howell

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    If the condenser is chipped around the edges it may not show, it is chipped in the middle and shows you will need figure out a way to convert the head to a diffusion head, not very good solution, but workable.
     
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    (4) Paint the chips out with India ink, and give it a try. I've heard of this being used for taking lenses, as it eliminates the scatter and other aberrations from the chips.