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    Help with enlarger/printing

    I recently got an Omega D2 enlarger. ran some test prints and discovered that light is not falling evenly across the paper. I tried aligning the enlarger, but the instructions are confusing. However, i did the best i could, but still does not seem to work. Attaching an image....
    any help would be appreciated
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    I have a D2 and DII. Depending on your exact model, you have either a variable condenser or a fixed condenser. You can tell them apart by looking at an area immediately below the lamp housing. If you have a rectangular door, about 3 1/2 by 7 inches, then you have a VC model. Otherwise, you have a fixed condenser model.

    Either way, you have to have the right condenser or have it in the right position.

    If you could tell me:
    1) if you have this door or not
    2) your film size
    3) your lens focal length

    I could then tell you the right setting. It looks like light fall-off and this would be the first thing I'd check.
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    I am using 35 mm negs with a 50 mm nikkor lens at f5.6.
    i have a variable condenser model
    i think i am missing the other lens... ? not sure....

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    light fall off problem is solved, was missing the other lens (duh)..... however, focus is off in one corner of the image. I am thinking this must be an alignment problem... please advise.
    thank you

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    See the diagram on page 7 of this PDF for the correct placement of the condenser in the DV condenser head for a 50mm lens.

    http://www.jollinger.com/photo/cam-c...d%20Dichro.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian C View Post
    See the diagram on page 7 of this PDF for the correct placement of the condenser in the DV condenser head for a 50mm lens.

    http://www.jollinger.com/photo/cam-c...d%20Dichro.pdf
    i already did that... i had a print out of that manual, but apparently failed to read it properly.
    thank you

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    another print scan and a neg scan for comparison. Am I expecting too much from my enlarger?

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    The difference in the two images you have posted is mainly contrast. This isn't a factor of the enlarger, but a factor of the filters you are using, exposure time, and to a lesser extent paper and developer.

    I am too much of a newbie to this to offer the best suggestions - I'll leave that to others, but I have started to learn how to control contrast.

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    Ah I see the tree on the right is fuzzy but the neg proves sharp trees should be everywhere.

    Good test neg. tkamiya and I have experience adjusting DII, maybe we can walk you through adjusting...

    Here's the last thread...

    http://www.apug.org/forums/forum43/1...ml#post1337262
    Last edited by Bill Burk; 06-01-2012 at 05:39 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Is your lens mounted on a lens turrett or a single lens mount?

    The reason I ask is I have a D5 and use a lens turrett and even though my lens stage and base board are aligned there is enough wobble in my lens turrett to throw the alignment out.

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