Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/02/04

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Subject: Re: Focomat 1c & V35
Date: Tue, 4 Feb 1997 23:44:17 +0900

Adrian Tanovic@GRN
02/04/97 02:44 PM

>From: Bill Welch <>
>Date: Mon, 03 Feb 1997 23:09:32 -0800
>Subject: Re: Kodak/Ilford consistency;  V35
>The beauty of the black-and-white VC heads, such as
>Saunders makes for its line, is that the exposure compensation
>is built in. Perhaps there is a module for your enlarger that does
> that.
>For black and white work, I usually use a Leitz Focomat Ic

Hi Bill;  There were many different varieties of the 1c, which one are you
using?  Am I right in believing it would have come with either the 50mm
Elmar 3.5 or one of two variants of the 50mm Focotar 4.5?

By the way, there is a VC head for the V35 that does what you
describe---i.e. provide variable contrast filtration with built-in exposure
compensation---and is moreover calibrated to the Ilford Multigrade system.
I normally print Oriental Seagull VC (also on the Ilford standard) using
it, with no particular problems other than the usual self-inflicted kind.
Using Kodak papers with the head requires some additional exposure
adjustment on the softer settings.

I've never tried to use the dichro colour head for B+W printing, so I can't
comment on that, but Seck's 'Leica Darkroom Practice' seems to contain a
pretty good exposition if one were so inclined.

Adrian Tanovic