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    enlarger image is always small

    Hi
    I just purchased a De vere 504 with an Ilford 500H head. The enlarger is fitted with Nikon 50mm f2.8 lens.

    The problem i have is that I can only get a sharp image when set the enlarger for a very small print. For a 35mm negative the image is only a few inches long side. Even then the bellows have to be closed tight. If I try for a bigger enlargement it is impossible to focus. I have tried a 6x7 negative and get the same problem but I can print a little larger - around 6inches on the long side.

    I am using the correct light mixing box's and negative holders- changing them appropriately.

    I took off the lens and checked to ensure make sure it was seated correctly and screwed into place properly. I noticed the back element was loose. I tightened by hand and replaced. I still have the same issue of not being able to get a proper enlargement.
    Have I missed something basic in the setup of the enlarger ?

    manythanks

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    Maybe the lens board is a problem.

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    Thanks. I thought that too. But Ive checked and it fits snugly in place and is the right way round.

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    I am not familiar with that enlarger, but it sounds like you need a recessed lensboard to get the lens closer to the negative.
    Richard

    Why are there no speaker jacks on a stereo camera?

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    thanks all for your help.
    Infact your both right. It IS a lensboard problem. I found a manual and as Richard said the lens board is wrong - my board is flat. It should be as you say Richard recessed.

    Now to try to find one!

    Many thanks

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    Here's one in the UK. This might or might not be practical, depending on where you're located.

    I believe that this is likely 39mm Leica thread, but you’d have to contact the seller to be sure.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/VERE-504-REC...item25686b3235

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    It wouldn't be cheap, but KHB may very well have it. Here is their page on the 504:

    http://www.khbphotografix.com/devere....htm#Lensboard
    Matt

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    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    Be careful, there are three different 39mm "Leica" threads, and they're not inter-mateable.

    - Leigh
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    You could try a longer lens.
    Of course this depends on how big you want to print 35mm but if you intend to print from larger negatives (you say that you have tried with a 6x7cm negative) you will need something with a larger coverage than EL-Nikkor 50/2.8 anyway.

    Lenses are often easier to find today than lensboards and not very expensive.

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    Have you raised the enlarger head?

    - Leigh
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