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    Red and orenge filters

    My enlarger came with a red nd an orenge filter.

    I have being using colour filters on my lens to shoot with black and with film. But I don't know yet the effect of theses felterd on the enlarge lens to print black and white. What they realy do?

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    They, depending on the paper you are using, allow you to center or compose the image on the photopaper without exposing the paper -- basically safelights for your enlarger.

    Most photo paper is not sensitive to amber/orange light. Some other material such as litho film and some photo paper is not sensitive to red light.

    Vaughn
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    Cool.
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    Speaking of the under lens filter...
    Does anyone know of a source of the red plastic filter material?
    The filter for my enlarger is missing the red filter element and I would like to replace it, if possible.
    All I need is a piece probably less than 3 inches square.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ac12 View Post
    Speaking of the under lens filter...
    Does anyone know of a source of the red plastic filter material?
    The filter for my enlarger is missing the red filter element and I would like to replace it, if possible.
    All I need is a piece probably less than 3 inches square.
    Depends on your enlarger type.

    See here for a few possibilites.

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    "They are the proof that something was there and no longer is. Like a stain. And the stillness of them is boggling. You can turn away but when you come back they’ll still be there looking at you."

    — Diane Arbus, March 15, 1971, in response to a request for a brief statement about photographs

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    It is for a Durst L1000.

    The Kodak color printing filter looks like it might work, but I don't need a piece that big.
    I'm also being cheap on this repair since it is not a "have to fix" problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ac12 View Post
    Does anyone know of a source of the red plastic filter material?
    All I need is a piece probably less than 3 inches square.
    Would a Cokin or Lee red filtr do the job ?
    Failing that, contact Edmund Optics and see if they have a standard product line to offer.

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    In all my years of printing, I've never used the red filters attached to many enlargers. I never quite saw the point.
    Jim MacKenzie - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

    A bunch of Nikons; Feds, Zorkis and a Kiev; Pentax 67-II (inherited from my deceased father-in-law); Bronica SQ-A; and a nice Shen Hao 4x5 field camera with 3 decent lenses that needs to be taken outside more. Oh, and as of mid-2012, one of those bodies we don't talk about here.

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    It might, as long as I could grind it to drop into the round holder.

    Jim
    I don't use the red filter much on my other enlarger. But once in a while I have, so I figure why not get it repaired.
    But because it is not something that I use often, it is low priority = cheap fix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoJim View Post
    In all my years of printing, I've never used the red filters attached to many enlargers. I never quite saw the point.
    They might come in handy for exposing more than one neg onto a piece of paper and one only has one enlarger. Or perhaps rechecking focus during exposure/burning. But they are a low-priority item for most people.
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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