Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/04/13

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Leitz Valoy II Enlarger
From: Richard Comen <>
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2000 15:13:09 -0700

Jeffrey,  I have three Valloy enlargers and I would not part with them.
There has never been a better enlarger if you do 35 mm only. It has the
illumination of a combination of soft light and condenser enlargers. It is
impossible to get out of allignment once it is bolted to a table and the
negative plane is parallel with the easel. I have been in darkroom work for
67 years and been thru all the hotshot enlargers and have thrown them all
out in favor of the Valloy II because of its allignment and also its
helicle focusing cannot be beat. I would grab the one you are thinking
about for $200 as they are difficult to aquire. I would get a good
contemporary lens for it. I use the el nikkor 50 mm. I have noticed a few
in England for sale for 200 pounds and up. Another good thing about it is
that it works beautifully with a standard 75 watt enlarging bulb which
enables it to function with no heat to the neg.  Grab it! Richard

At 11:30 AM 4/13/00 -0700, you wrote:
>I have the opportunity to purchase a Valoy II,
>Excellent+ condition, for $200.  Is this a fair asking
>price?  Additionally, would the current day appeal for
>it be only that it "handles like a Leica" in the
>darkroom, for it isn't collectible, correct?  
>Thanks again from "one not yet worthy."
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