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    Leitz V35 Focomat light path off center?

    I recently acquired a V35 Focomat and the rectangle of light on the baseboard seems to be off center, favoring the left. At 14x it is almost an inch closer to the edge of the baseboard than it is on the right side. Is this normal? Should the rectangle of light be perfectly centered on the baseboard? Autofocus and everything else seems to be working fine. Thanks!

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    Have you checked the positioning of the bulb in the lamphouse? It could be out of place...maybe? My V35 was dead-center after I got it from its original owner but perhaps I was simply lucky...
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    Thanks for the quick reply. I have checked the lamp and it appears to be positioned correctly.

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    is the left edge of the light parallel to the baseboard or is it angled ? if angled, you need to swivel the column whichever direction will make the lines parallel. hope this makes sense.
    Last edited by canuhead; 04-01-2014 at 10:35 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Ah I misunderstood the issue, I was under the impression the light was falling off, not simply off axis.

    You can certainly swivel the lamp-head about the axis of the column, to make it square with the baseboard.
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    Thanks guys. When I have the left edge, right edge, and bottom edge parallel to the edges of the baseboard, the illuminated field is favoring the left side rather than being totally centered. So basically, if I bring the head up to where the left edge of light rest at the left edge of the baseboard, I have about a 1/2" of unilluminated space on the right side of the baseboard. I'm just wondering if this is by design, or if there's something wrong with my sample.
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    Check the masking knobs at the negative stage to make sure they aren't cutting off any of your light. There are 4 small knobs that you can twist, fiddle with them until there are no obstructions in the lightpath
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    I've checked the masking nobs. I've also removed the light mixing box and replaced it. Still, no luck.

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    I can check mine tomorrow morning and let you know what the balance of space is as far as the light output goes...I think it should be equal though...
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    Thanks Chris, much appreciated.

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