Received my Analyser Pro...few questions!
Had a couple of questions about the Analyaser pro - I know I can call RH, but it is out of office hours now.
First, I am using Ilford MG and I seem to be getting really dark prints, too dark for the test strip sequence - so mabey I need to calibrate?
Second, what I cant understand is if the reading suggests I need an increase in contrast, and I push the increase contrast button, the time goes up too - but I though the Ilford MG filters remained the same exposure apart from the likes of no's 5 upwards??
I tried reducing exposure time with the reduce time button but this seems to call for an increase in contrast afterwards.
Anyway I wanted to produce some quick proofs last night and I discovered that if I reduced the exposure by 10 steps it was somewhre about right - but the grey scale leds were flashing at me when I did this - the prints looked OK though.
I have read the book a few times - so mabey I'm showing my general inexperience here in the darkroom?!
Any pointers and help / experiences woudl be gratefully received.
Just an idea. Do you put filters away when you're metering? If you meter with them, you'll get dark prints.
I agree with nyx. You should be metering under white light.
Yes - filters are removed
and I have the safelight wired into the Analyser.
You say that you're using Ilford MG paper. Is that the MG IV RC resin coated paper or is it the fibre version? Just that the default settings are for the RC version.
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I have a zonemaster II but it works the same as the Analyser for what you are doing.
When you say the test strip sequence is too dark I presume you are starting from the default time of 15 secs at grade 2, correct? This would give you a initial exposure of 12.4 secs. and move up from there for each strip. Yes?
The thing to bear in mind is that this is just a default. If you find it to be too dark then reduce the initial time accordingly until you get a sequence that is in the right ball park.
I am not sure what you refer to when you say that reducing time causes an increase in contrast as you do not use the densitometer for test strips, or are you talking about contact prints?
Originally Posted by Matt5791
Sounds like you are too close with your light source or your aperture is open wide. You told us nothing about how your enlarger is setup.
Also, the filters take one stop more than what you measure, then the 4th grade and up take 2 stops.
I have the Analyser 500 (for the Ilford 500 head) so this may not be applicable. The default calibrations did not work for me on either RC or FB. The calibration process is not that bad if you have a densitometer and can figure out what is going on. Or for a small fee RH Designs will read your strips for you and send you new calibration values.
As an aside, when I mentioned that I was using the Analyser to Les McLean he called me "lazy". I am begining to think he might be right.
One of the main reasons why I got the Analyser Pro was that I'm hopeless at working out what contrast grade to print a negative at. Obviously, a lot of this is down to experience and I'm sure that Les can pick the correct grade from a contact sheet at 100 paces. Maybe when I'm a bit more experienced I'll be able to do likewise, but at the moment it's a huge help to me to be able to see the contrast range of a negative on the Analyser Pro's LEDs and to see what the effect is of changing the paper grade.
Originally Posted by L Gebhardt
Ok - had another session last night and I reduced the exposure by 5 steps (1/12th) for each contrast grade and this seems about right - it may not have been as far out as I originally suspected.
Mabey I was being a bit impatient!
Incindentally I was using the regular Ilford RC MG IV.
I think this is going to be a very worthwhile investment indeed as the bulk of my work is weddings and similar where I need to output large volumes of acceptable prints.
I will be able to feed these into my Durst Printo once I have set it up and go even faster!