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    Leitz Focomat V35

    I've just snapped up a mint condition Focomat V35 yesterday..could call it an impulse purchase! Well I'm very excited about trying this out.

    I remember first seeing this enlarger during an Ilford masterclass session quite a few years ago and remembered at the time that this enlarger was way out of my price range.

    Can anyone recall how much this enlarger retailed for?

    I'm using a replacement bulb for this enlarger...the Philips 13139 12V 75W. Is this a recommended bulb? Should I expect any problems with fall off or hotspots?

    I'm also on the lookout for filtration guides for Foma and Forte papers if any exist.

    Thanks.

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    That's a better bulb.

    Your paper should come with a set of filtration guides in the box. If not, try to Ilford settings for a starting point.

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    Hi,
    I use the LEICA V35 which I bought new with two heads & 3 neg carriers.
    It was one of last to be sold new in the UK & cost me £2500.00.
    It's IMO still the best enlarger for 35mm, it's been worth every penny.
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    That's what I read Jon, so looking forward to digging out some 35mm negs from the past. £2500? I must have been poor back then or spending all my money on bass amps I've spent more on a single lens since and didn't blink an eyelid.

    What is your opinion on the 40mm lens? I have a componon-s which someone mentioned is vastly superior if there is actually a noticeable difference??

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    Hi,
    The 40mm Focotar IMO is a fantastic lens I often use it wide open. Being a
    wide angle lens the head height is lower for a given print size so it is comfortable to use.

    JON

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    Lens and price

    I paid GB£1200 in 1991 for a V35 demo model; new was GB£1800 I think. Fantastic investment. 2 years later I bought a Focometer 2 for GB£900 - also fantastic investment; amazingly versatile F-stop meter /timer. The autofocus is a joy, incredible, I never check the grain, don't need to; but as far as I know only works with the Focotar 40mm, otherwise you won't get autofocus. I agree the 40mm open wide is fantastically sharp; only snag with V35 is exposure times may be on long side eg 30 secs for a 10x8, more for a 12x16, so wide open or one stop down is how I usually use it. When I bought a Multigrade module to replace the Colour module, as I only do B/W, the exposure times came down a bit. But with my (new) 2nd hand Focomat 11c with Multigrade 500 head ... wow
    Richard

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    I could make two comparison prints and see which one of my lenses I prefer.

    The guy had a Focomat 11c also...very beautiful, he would't sell it

    I like the sound of a Multigrade head!

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    Gary - Congrats on your new purchase. I too have a new (used) V35, got it several months ago. Regarding your comment about the Componon-s vs. Focotar 40mm, I've heard this as well. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts after you do a comparison.

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    I snagged a used V35 several years ago and would hate to lose it -- it's great and I LOVE the 40mm lens on it! If I'm not mistaken, they sold new for around $4000+ in the mid '90s before they stopped making them. Rather pricey like everything from Leica, but also well worth it like everything from Leica.

    Glad to hear about that bulb; I'm going to order a couple now. Thanks and good luck with it!
    Michael McClellan
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    Last edited by Gary Holliday; 03-03-2008 at 10:55 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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