WTF is THIS!?!?!?!?!?

Discussion in 'Antiques and Collecting' started by Lachlan Young, Mar 18, 2006.

  1. Lachlan Young

    Lachlan Young Member

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    Whilst wandering around Ebay I found THIS and I am wondering how on earth it works :confused: . Does it work using reflectance or what?

    Very puzzled :confused: :confused: :confused:

    Lachlan
     
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    The auto-focus Leitz enlargers I've used in the past use a cam to keep the image in focus as the head moves up and down. Perhaps this does too. It sure doesn't use anything high-tech!
     
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    Well that is interesting ... um I'd be a little scared to have something that looks liek THAT in my darkroom ...

    Certainly not too high tech.
     
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    The way most auto-focus enlargers work is that you set the focus after loading a negative, then they stay in focus as you change the magnification. That makes it *much* easier to print a full frame, since you don't have to go through the maddening cycles of adjusting head height, adjusting focus, and finding you've overshot *again* -- it usually takes me 5-6 cycles to get close enough to a full frame print, if that's what I'm after.
     
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    Looks like you could fill it full of soapy water and check inner tubes for leaks.
     
  6. Lachlan Young

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    What size of film d'ya think it takes - cos it looks like it could take a truly enormous neg. :smile: :smile:
    Just right for the Cirkut? :D

    Lachlan
     
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    Must be old. I haven't seen electrical flex like this for years. Reminds me of the way little girls' had plaits in the 1950's before I realised there was a difference.

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  8. Lachlan Young

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    You worry me... :smile:

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    Maybe that's what happened to AA's horizontal enlarger.
     
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    Hi Lachlan

    A quick Google tells me that Lancaster cameras were quarter plate (3.25 x 4.25 inches) so presumably the enlarger is as well. No mention of actual size, but the £15 postage seems reasonable if you wanted it!
     
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    Lachlan: Just buy it, figure it out and let us know. And tell us how much water of the gods was required to make it work.
     
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    Don't bet on it being quarter plate, I've got a half-plate Lancaster Instantograph and I'm pretty sure they went past full plate.
     
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    I would guess that it a dual bulb diffusion light source - a bulb on each side with maybe an opal glass diffusion plate in front of each, maybe a mirror, to try an eliminate the hotspot a single bulb gives on a large neg... Somebody email the guy for a picture of the inside...
     
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    Dunno mate, still, I might buy it to be buried in when the time comes.
     
  15. Bill Mitchell

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    It says that the lens is 4". So the negative size must be 1/8 plate or smaller. Probably enlarges to a fixed size paper. It's "autofocus" because it's fixed focus. The early Leica enlargers were just long boxes with a negative holder on one end, a paper holder on the other, and a fixed lens between - the light source was whatever you wanted to use (the sun?).