Enlarger lamp & graduation

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Hello from Karl

I have a 2nd hand Durst Laborator 1200 previous to this,I used a Durst colour head M670. With my previous enlarger I had exposure times, to use a specific example, of 2min 40 at f16. Now I have exposure times of 12min at f16, for the same neg. The bulb is a 150W, it has a white covering. Could the bulb be old therefore giving out less light than the previous bulb.

Secondly, on my column there is a graduation in inches and centimetres. There are also graduations which I assume allow for exposure increase calculations with increasing height of the column. Invers square law. The problem is, I don't know how to use them. Please could someone assist me.

Cheers and thanks Karl

-- Karl Beath (karlfoto@mweb.co.za), November 15, 2001


I don't think that the bulb is the problem; most probably, you are not using the good condenser/lens combination. In this type of enlarger you must use a particular set of condenser elements for each focal length (50, 80, 150) of the enlarging lens.

regards, Matthieu

-- matthieu ls (lstrauss@infobiogen.fr), November 15, 2001.


Do you have any good reason to play at f/16? Durst enlargers alignes quite well so you may be confortable working with wider apertures. Short lenses usually work fine at f/5.6 or even less, while the bigger ones (135/150mm) are OK at f/8. You may also try Chyoda 250W bulbs, with the side benefit of being larger and providing better light eveness. Although I never use the column numbers it's understood that exposures will change in the same order as the square-to-distance table you find on flash exposure guides. I mean, as the picture's area doubles the exposure gets four times bigger. And so on ...

Good printing. Cesar B.

-- Cesar Barreto (cesarb@infolink.com.br), November 16, 2001.

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