Zone IV Enlarger ~ New Model??

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  1. Jim Moore

    Jim Moore Member

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    I have heard rumors that there will be a new model of the Zone VI Enlarger out soon.

    Has anyone else heard such a thing??

    Looking at Calumets Web Site they no longer have any Zone VI Enlargers listed.

    Jim
     
  2. Tom Duffy

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    Heard somewhere. Don't know where, that the new VC enlarger will use an LED instead of florescent light source. It will be a 4x5 instead of their 5x7 model. Does this mean no 8x10? Stay tuned, I guess...
     
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    From their latest catalog, they still list the Zone VI but at the bottom, the say:

    Coming soon,
    "a revolutionary new variable contrast light source that will change the way you think about diffusion black and white printing."

    I believe Tom is right it is a LED.

    Later,


    Michael McBlane
     
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    Tom is right, I saw the prototype when I visited Richard Newman when I was in California last November. Richard told me about 2 years ago that he was working with Zone VI on this new development. Richard is very enthusiastic about the concept, I understand that, unlike cold cathode, the light source is quite bright and exposure times are relatively quick.
     
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    No 8x10??? Are they serious? Perhaps the lightsource, if LED, would be too difficult to make in 8x10? Where does that leave us regarding optinos for 8x10 enlargers that are 'affordable'? I have a Zone VI Model I 8x10 non-VC that I guess I had better hang onto.

    -Mike
     
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    As an alternative to cold light sources, one can build a LED light source head. Printing times would be quicker the coldlights and it would still remain a diffusion source. The design is in the public domain at HUB. (A Google search will locate it for you). While Hub built a head for a 4X5 Devere, it could very easily be built to 8X10 format.
     
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    Hi Donald.
    What is HUB? I got about 9,000,000 search results in google for it.
     
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    Thanks for posting this. This tells me why I was having trouble searching for it. I had not accurately remembered and misspelled his name. I have bookmarked it for future reference.