Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/05/19

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Subject: [Leica] Cold Light
From: Richard Comen <>
Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 11:49:05 -0700


I also get much better prints now that I rediscovered the incandescent
light and condenser enlarging. I used cold light in a Bessler 223C enlarger
for twenty years and after struggling with never ending allignment problems
I gave the Bessler to our local high school and purchased an old Leitz
Valloy II with its wonderful helicle focusing and its inability to ever go
out of allignment. I use a 75 watt enlarging bulb so heat is never a
problem. I have been printing for over 65 years and my negs have never been
easier to print or looked better. I once read that the lamp housing design
of the Valloy II along with its condenser gives the benifits of both soft
light and condenser capabilities. Whatever the reasons, I will never go
back to bellows enlargers and soft light. Another point of view for what it
is worth. Richard