Whilst I mull over the enlarger question, I still have to choose a head for B&W. Lets assume I buy a new Beseler 45 enlarger, I will still need a head. I can buy a new Coldlight VC head, a condensor or a 2nd hand 500H.
Now, I've read that the Ilford 500H was probably the best choice of VC heads. I've read that Coldlight heads expose so quickly that dodging and burning becomes difficult, but may make sharper prints. Finally, I've read that nothing beats a condensor like those found in a Durst or Focomat.
So my question is..
1) Do cold light heads serious compromise the dodging and burning you can do assuming your still learning and not proficient.
2) Are new Condesor heads like that sold new by Beseler not up to scratch compared to older designs like a Focomat and so pointless?
3) Would this make the 500H the king of B&W heads, or is multi-grade just a waste of time.
Thanks all for teaching us newbies