Quote Originally Posted by Donald Miller
The way that I would do this would be to begin with what Durst Pro has done with their conversion using the 1200 watt halogen lamp. In fact, even though it is expensive at $865.00. I might buy their conversion kit. Next I would buy a set of the physically largest dichroic filters that Durst or even Omega use in their color enlargers in the Magenta and Yellow spectrum. I would design an individual adjustment for each of these colors from the 0 to 200 units that they provide. I would try not to use a mixing chamber of an appreciable size since to do so would eliminate the benefits of a point light source. I think that in using a point light source no mixing chamber would be required since the lamp arc is such small dimension that the light path through the filter and any possible inaccuracy of the filter value would be on no consequence.
I still don't understand how if the filters are below the lightsorce how you will adjust them. In the only color enlarger I have played with, Omega D5, the filters partially move in front of the light source. If this happens without a mixing box you will see the filter with the condensers. Is there something I am missing?

Quote Originally Posted by Donald Miller
Why would one consider this type of a conversion? For myself, I think that the point light source would have definite benefits over a diffusion source enlarger. I have found that, even though I have three diffusion enlargers along with three condensor enlargers, that the condensor enlargers do provide enhanced local contrast over the diffusion enlargers. I have found, in my experience that the local contrast lost in the use of a diffusion light source enlarger is unrecoverable at some latter point through any printing manipulations.
I agree, which is why I am curious. I currently own two D5XLs with three heads (condenser, Ilford, and Chromega). I haven't used the condenser head in a while, but I did notice a change in my prints when I stopped. I have not tested the diffusion against the condenser and seen if I could product the same look with each however.