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    John - Thanks for the pointer, I've given the split line focusing system a try and that part works a treat.

    Maxby - Think after all night playing (got to bed at 3am LOL) I have the hang of the colourhead. An upgrade on the lens looks like a good idea.

    [color=blue]This is going to sound like a typical newby question now The only thing I have not been able to get is an even light accross the paper. In landscape the left and right sides of the image has light fall-off. Any advice would be very welcome as always [/color]

    Nearly forgot to say my son who will soon be 14 yrs got to print his first picture last night. Looks like I'm in trouble with my wife again as he's now also hooked on traditional darkroom. He even said "this is much cooler than using PS"

    Kind regards Tony

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    Tony, If my memory serves me well, you might need a different lens board (a metal ring really) for your 50 mm if you want to use it for a 6x6 enlarger. Antway that is how it works on my Durst 605. The big name in Meopta in the UK is RK photographis in London. tel: 020 8349 4568 www.meopta.co.uk They will know.
    Mmmm Tony & Son, Traditional Printers..sounds right
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    Hans,
    Many thanks for that link and tel no - it will come in very useful
    "Tony & Son, Traditional Printers" sure look good on a shop front between all those digi shops LOL
    Kind regards Tony

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    As to buying another lens: the Meogon S is a very good lens. In fact the late Barry Thornton in his book "Edge of Darkness" was waxing lyrical about it. Try it out first and save a few bob. The landlord of the Lens & Tripod pub will be grateful 8-)}
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    Hans,
    Thank you once again for even more very useful help Well I'll never be as good as Barry Thornton, so any lens he liked will never be limiting for my modest abilities - I'll get one on order. The Lens & Tripod pub I hear is doing a wonderful single malt Rodinal these days LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by clogz
    Meogon S is a very good lens. In fact the late Barry Thornton in his book "Edge of Darkness" was waxing lyrical about it. Try it out first and save a few bob. The landlord of the Lens & Tripod pub will be grateful 8-)}
    Hans
    Seem to remember that Meopta lenses are made by Schnieder

    I have a Meopta enlarger - 35mm, it's as new, went to the local tip and a BMW estate pulled up alongside, I asked what are you doing with the enlarger (in his boot) he said skippng it. Got a complete darkroom setup for nothing, all I'm using is the f2.8 Nikkor Enlarging lens

    Ian

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    Ian - And to think I thought I was doing well getting a darkroom setup for £55.00 LOL Once I get the light problem sorted I think the Meopta is going to be a beauty. I think it might be lens board that's the real issue. The upgrade for the lens is because I only have f4.5 to f22

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    Tony-Memories of 25 years ago are coming back. The lensboard, is it dome-shaped? If so you may try and turn it around so that the lens gets closer to the lamp. Hope that's correct.
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    There's a full set of insrtuctions on www.meopta.cz for most Meopta enlargers - even in English.

    My Opemus 6 has the round dome-shaped lensboard - dome up for 50mm, down for 80mm. I use Anaret-S lenses in both sizes. I've compared them against anything from Nikkor to Schneider, and still see no reason to replace them!
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    Hans / Ole,

    Many thanks for your help here. I have the dome lens board with the dome upwards. What I am finding is that when I set the negative carrier for 35mm I have a straight edges nearest and furthest from me, the left and right sides do not have straight edges and this is where the light fall off is.

    As an experiment I held an old Zenit 58mm lens in the dome and found I could just about make out the straight edges on the 2 sides. Light fall off was not as bad.

    I've cleaned all the glass and lenses except the one in the colour head, as I've not been able to work out how the get it out so far without taking the whole head apart.

    I am missing the drawer for correction filters, but nothing I have read in the manual or online seems to suggest that this is significant.

    Kind regards Tony.

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