Condenser vs Diffuser
Here, I'm not interested in the difference between the two systems, but I'd like to know how many people are actually using one or the other.
Are you using a condenser, diffuser or both, and which is your main negative format?
I appreciate all answers. The results are important to guide some research of mine.
Thanks in advance.
Diffuser. It came with the dichoric head. [Chromega Dichroic II 5XL]
Added: PS - I use it for 135 and 120 black & white prints. I have most of what I need for color processing, but I am not doing that now.
Last edited by Sirius Glass; 06-22-2009 at 04:37 PM. Click to view previous post history.
Reason: Added PS on film size and use
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Diffuser. fingerprints and scratches are greatly diminished or eliminated in the prints. Also, I prefer the slightly softer transition in the highlights.
35mm, 6x6 and soon to be 4x5.
I use a VC cold light head which is diffused but I keep it backed off the negative stage by 2 or 3 inches and use a longer lens. Mostly printing 120 film on a 4x5 head. I think it prints a bit sharper this way. Just a theory. The light rays aren't able to wrap around the grain quite a much as having the diffusion plate sitting right on the film. Hard to say.
I use a Durst Modular 70 with a Durst Vario (Variable contrast diffuse light source).
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I use an Omega DII with mf condenser. My main format is 645/66 although I do use 4x5 a bit.
I do have the 4x5 condenser although I prefer an aristo coldlight for 4x5 as the condenser is big, large, heavy and easily scratched/chipped.
Omega D5 with Ilford Multigrade 400 diffusion head.
This is a recent change. Prior to this, for the previous two or so years, I was using a Beseler 67 series enlarger with a dichroic head.
Prior to that, for many years, I used the condensor head on the Beseler 67C.
I have a mint (as in unused!) condensor head for the D5, but just have it in storage right now.
Main format - that is a tough question. I am flitting back and forth between 645, 6x6 and 6x7, with regular visits to 35mm as well.
Diffusion, using a color head.
Main format is 6x6, plus 4x5 and some 35mm.
Ilford 500 diffusion head for 35mm and 4x5.
Diffuser, a VCCE head on a LPL 7450 for 6x6 and 5x4.