Max size for Focomat?

Discussion in 'Darkroom Equipment' started by RidingWaves, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. RidingWaves

    RidingWaves Member

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    Can I do a full frame 35mm on 16x20 paper on a Leitz Focomat 1? I have a Beselar 45 but I have to do a series on 16x20 I and I just got a Focomat, thinking that the prints would be sharper with the glass neg holder, any help would be great.
     
  2. alkos

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    Depends on which version. I have the "press" one (250W and MG filter tray) with v. long column (120cm) and raising the head to ~110 cm the image size is 50x70cm (~19x27in).
     
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    Thanks, I'm not sure which version I have, I'll have to check now. I'll be printing full frame on 16x20 paper, so the image size would be less than what you're doing, but I think I can do it. One challenge with my 16x20 is neg flatness, at smaller sizes the Besselar is fine.
     
  4. alkos

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    Full 35mm on 16x20 is only approx 13,5x enlargement. Without raising the head, Focomat does 10,5x - so no matter which version you have, it should be fine :smile:
     
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    I've done it... no problem.
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