I'd go with Nick. My times are generally 7-10 secs even at f16 and with a 75watt bulb insted of 100 watt specified by Durst and f16 is smallest f stop on my Nikkor 50mm lens for 35mm negs.
Originally Posted by Poco
I had one neg recently which required less than minimum time on my analyser which is about 4.5 secs. I had written about this before and got advice( I forget who it was - may have been Nick) which I used with this neg which is dial in say 10 units of cyan and raise the yellow and magenta by the same. Good advice as the colour balance remained the same but exposure was increased to a level measurable by my analyser.
A useful device when burning and dodging required. Thankfully colour prints need a lot less manipulation because (a) the image at long exposures is very dim and worse than that there is no safe filter to allow tool or hand positioning in advance of exposure.
I usually cover with old print with enlarger light on at say f8 to give reasonable light then position tool/hand and then remove old print and count. Finally covering lens with hand and switching off with the other. Time is realy short. Ideally once tool is positioned I should hold it still then reduce f stop to improve margin for error but needs too many hands. Anyone got an extra pair of hands for sale?
No doubt a foot switch would help but its still a real pain.
I'd be interested in any tips from any experienced colour dodger/burner out there.