Ilford MG 500 or Aristo VCL4500?

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  1. Rafal Lukawiecki

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    Dear Diffuse Light Printers,

    If you were to make a choice between an Ilford MG 500 or an Aristo VCL4500 heads, which one would you prefer? I'm interested in any major advantages/disadvatanges of either. Emotional preferences?

    I do 4x5, mostly landscape. Due to circumstances, I will resume printing on VC papers (so far I used to use graded and an old cathomag head, now broken).

    Enlarger is DeVere 504. I have a Zone VI timer with the light-probe gizmo.

    Many thanks for your kind wisdom,
    R.
     
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    I have an Aristo VCL 4500 head for my Omega D2v I use a metrolux II for a timer. The VCL 4500 is a nice head. you get a controller box that allows you to use the blue or green lites independently or you can mix them together. I would recommend taking the cover off the head before drilling the hole for the probe. The instructions are ok not great. I think it is a better head than the zone VI by a country mile.

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    I had the 810 version of the VCL4500. Seemed like a good idea, but it's just not bright enough for me. I like exposures with the lens stopped down a few stops and 10 to 15 seconds. The VCL couldn't do it, even on 8x10s or 11x14s from a 5x7. Also, they are expensive. I use an Aristo V54 coldlight tube with filters, both Ilford MG type and lighting gels. This is easy, fast, and bright. For a timer, I'm using the Metrolux II -- a must with coldlight.

    Sorry I don't know the Ilford MG 500.
     
  4. L Gebhardt

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    I have never used the Aristo but I can say I like the Multigrade 500 system alot. It is even better with the RH Designs Analyser 500 I got for it. Together it's an almost perfect system for VC paper.