I have posted this question several times in the distant past but never really got a satisfactory answer if, in fact, there is one.
I am currently using an LPL 4by5 enlarger with the VCCE head. Unlike the color head the VCCE head does NOT have a light attenuator. I am using a 150mm Rodogan N lens for 4by5.
I test my films using the zone system and develope for a diffusir light source. In other words the negatives and denser than I would develope for a condenser system. I use a densitomotor to check my zones and usually test for zone 1 and zone VII.
I am more than satisfied with the results. The prints are great, but here's my problem. My exposure times are too short. For an 11/14 print my times are about eight seconds at f 11!!! I would have hoped that they would have been about 12 seconds at f8. No time to burn and dodge and, although f11 seems fine on this APO lense, I would rather use f8.
I have the XLG model which has a 250 watts halogin bulb. You CANNOT