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    Really need help, Totally bummed...

    Man do I need some serious help. A friend of mine whos dad passed away sold me all his darkroom equiptment. Everything was boxed up but it looked good. But now I am very upset as some of the items seem to be broken

    I turned the timer on but all that happened was the hold light was on and I saw an F and now the screen is blank. I tried to use the keypad but nothing...

    Any ideas?
    http://www.kjsphotography.com/help/1.jpg

    Then I opened another box and pulled out this cold light head but it was busted and I have no idea what the stablizer is for. How can I fix this head?

    http://www.kjsphotography.com/help/3a.jpg
    http://www.kjsphotography.com/help/3b.jpg http://www.kjsphotography.com/help/3c.jpg

    So at this point I was totally bummed then I found another box and pulled out a VC head! ANd then things I thought were cool. I attached the cord to the VC controller and plugged in the enlarger and the controler. I flipped the switch from print to focus and this weird purple / blue light came on. So fine. Then I tried to adjust the light with the center dial and nothing, the light stayed constant and did not dim and the direction said it should dim. Any ideas???

    http://www.kjsphotography.com/help/2a.jpg
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    If you could help me I woudl greatly appreciate it. I just want to print! HELP! What do I need to do....

    Thanks everyone in advance,

    Kev

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    I can't help you but perhaps these guys can. Were a great help when I needed it.
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    Good luck and may your repaires prove to be easy...

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    Kevin, I would not be too bummed - you can get a replacement lamp for the cold light head and hopefully someone here will help you out with the stablizer - Think once you get it all together you will be happier. The VC cold light - the last set of pics, is a nice head so don't let someone talk you out of it..they are not cheap. Do a few searchs for Zone VI VC head, etc - bet you can find something.

    Oh! And Good Luck-you have some really nice stuff here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by photomc
    The VC cold light - the last set of pics, is a nice head so don't let someone talk you out of it..they are not cheap. Do a few searchs for Zone VI VC head, etc - bet you can find something..
    Kevin,

    I have the Zone VI VC head you show in the images... This is what it SHOULD do... and what I would do to check it.

    The middle dial, crank it up to 10 and leave it there (you mentioned this part didn't seem to work... The left dial (green tube) and the right dial (blue tube) control the contrast. If you're used to using yellow/magenta for contrast... This is just the opposite...

    I did put a piece of black plastic over the on switch (way too bright) and I painted 90% of the green light (consistancy idicator) with dark nailpolish so it didn't shine down on my print adding fog... (But still wanted to see if it worked)

    Here's what I would do... Either on or off the enlarger, but you need to look at the quality of light.

    Leave both soft and hard dials set to min. (Off is really only good if you're split contrast printing)

    Flip the focus switch. Then roll the left dial on and to the max... The light should get progressively deeper green. Bring it back to min. Then do the same for the hard dial... The light should get progressively bluer.

    Does this happen?? Or are you only getting variation of one colour? If so, then one tube might be out... Give it a try and post what you find.

    I've been using the head for years now and can intuitively jump to the correct contrast/density after the first test strip... It didn't take much getting used to.

    Lastly, I bought mine from Calumet. They may offer service on it if needed, so I would contact them first.


    Hope that helps you,

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjsphoto
    Man do I need some serious help. A friend of mine whos dad passed away sold me all his darkroom equiptment. Everything was boxed up but it looked good. But now I am very upset as some of the items seem to be broken

    I turned the timer on but all that happened was the hold light was on and I saw an F and now the screen is blank. I tried to use the keypad but nothing...

    Any ideas?
    http://www.kjsphotography.com/help/1.jpg

    Then I opened another box and pulled out this cold light head but it was busted and I have no idea what the stablizer is for. How can I fix this head?

    http://www.kjsphotography.com/help/3a.jpg
    http://www.kjsphotography.com/help/3b.jpg http://www.kjsphotography.com/help/3c.jpg

    So at this point I was totally bummed then I found another box and pulled out a VC head! ANd then things I thought were cool. I attached the cord to the VC controller and plugged in the enlarger and the controler. I flipped the switch from print to focus and this weird purple / blue light came on. So fine. Then I tried to adjust the light with the center dial and nothing, the light stayed constant and did not dim and the direction said it should dim. Any ideas???

    http://www.kjsphotography.com/help/2a.jpg
    http://www.kjsphotography.com/help/2b.jpg

    If you could help me I woudl greatly appreciate it. I just want to print! HELP! What do I need to do....

    Thanks everyone in advance,

    Kev
    Kevin, The tube on the broken cold light should be replaceable. I would imagine that if you were to check with Aristo Grid Lamp Products that they will be able to supply you with replacement tube. In lieu of that Calumet purchased Zone VI some years ago and they should be able to direct you to a replacement.

    The stabilizer works to stabilize the output of the cold light by means of a sensor/feed back circuit. There should be a cable that attaches the stabilizer to a sensor in the cold light, another cable that attaches to the lamp itself, and a third cable that supplies power to the stabilizer and is plugged into 115 volt power supply. I have the old Zone VI newsletters and should have one that covers the actual stabilizer operation if that would help. It would take some time spent in searching for me to find it though.

    The VC head should be straightforward. There should be a change of light color as the contrast is adjusted from high to low contrast. The high contrast light color should be blue in color and the low contrast green in color. If you fail to realize that then one of the tubes may have failed.

    This will take some sorting out but probably not an absolute bust. I don't know what you paid for all of this but I paid something over $200 for the stabilizer used by itself. If you don't want to deal with it then give it all back to the seller and ask for your money back.

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    Ok I just went ou tand check the head. I put th ebrightness all the way up. I then changed the dials on left and right. And still nothing. I did notice that in the head itself there is green and purple light. Could the controller be broken?

    It seems that the control box just isnt making contact with the cable going into it...

    Ideas?

    Thank you again,

    Kev

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    Hello Donald,

    If you could that would be awesome. I cannot return the items as I bought everything as a package deal. I was however under the impression that everything worked...

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    Kevin, dont be totally bummed, depending on how much you paid, you might have gotten a very good deal. The equipment you have is very good and all you need is to work out the problems.
    For one, Calumet has very good customer service, given them a call and ask them what can be done.
    The stabilizer is needed for cold lights to have a constant output. What your does is tell you when the lifgh head is warm enough to have a constant out put.
    The VC head, could have two problems, one of the tubes could be bad (the green one) or the controloer could be making false contact. I bet it is the tube.

    I dont know where you are, but the best bet would be to send it to Calumet and have them fix all of it. Depending on your purchase price, this might be the best option.
    Or, if you have a friend who is an electrician, have him check the controler for the VC. These are very simple systems and maybe he can tell right away what is the problem. I would try this first before I go sending it to Calumet.

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    Hmmmmmm...

    My first inclination is yes, but then you mentioned that the light is on. Turning it on means you can use the control panel to switch it on from focus to print right?

    Does the light stay on always or only when you switch it on with the control panel??

    I did notice that in the head itself there is green and purple light. Could the controller be broken?

    It seems that the control box just isnt making contact with the cable going into it...
    So you can see both tubes and you can see that they are both on?

    I'm not at home in front of the enlarger so I can't remember... Isn't it like a category 5 computer cable??? (mine is grey and flat but I think it has more wires than a standard telephone cable) If it is, do you have something like this on your computer?? Do a swap and see if anything changes...

    Don't despair... If it is something in the controller, it seems like a very simply made unit. Someone trained in electronics could easily upgrade some dials I'm sure... Just try to eliminate as many variables as possible right now.

    joe

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    Hello Joe,

    The cable is not removeable from the head... I just called calumet and I am goign to send it in, both the head and the controller. They said it would be between $150 and $200. So I will have it packaged up and ready fro FedEx on Monday... Now I need to find a box


    Thanks,

    Kev

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