The 1c is the best designed small enlarger for -135 format. I prefer the 1c size to the larger V35 and how the 1c condenser sits on the negative. My enlargements are normally less than 8x and I only work in B&W. The 1c is perfect for my needs. If I projected enlargements greater than 10x I would pick the V-35.
Ilford sells a universal box-like filter device intended to attach around the enlarging lens of many enlargers. My 1c was rigged with this device. The filter bracket is attached to small .5 to .75 inch thick wood spacer glued to the parallelogram arm horizontal link extending below the lens of the 1c. I slip a 3x3 inch filter on top of the under-the-lens filter device.
I never experience Newton rings. The enlarger is always aligned. The elevation changes butter smooth. After setting the focus it never drifts. I imagine the oblong head is an improvement but they come with a baseboard elevation indicator cluttering up workspace.
I raise the centering fitting (with bulb) to the highest position in the head and experience no noticeable unevenness of negative illumination. The bulb is a GE P11/212 and not the correct short neck OSRAM bulb.
The older Focotars have the long physical length making a change of aperture easier than the shorter El Nikkor nested higher in the helical. Clean Focotars are hard to find and are not better than a modern Schneider/Nikon 6 element 50mm/f2.8.
I love my 1c. At my desk I'm looking at a 5x7 portrait. I used a hooded 1956 Leitz 50mm Sumicron at f/4. Film was Tri-X @ EI 200, souped in D-76 1:1 for 11 min. Enlarged with the 1c using Ilford Fiber WT toned in KRST. Wow!! The image has a smooth/sharp look with open shadows. What a classic look. The old timers know what I mean.
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