Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/08/03

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Leica bargains
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Mon, 03 Aug 1998 07:40:57 -0500

At 11:46 PM 8/2/98 -0500, you wrote:

>Someone named Kirk responded to my enlarger inquiry with an offer to buy 
>his 1970's Focomat 1c.  I've seen the v35, but haven't any idea what the 
>1c looks like.  Any opinion on that?I like to print full-frame and wonder 
>if neg carriers and lens boards, etc. are available for an item of that 
>vintage.  So much to learn!  I'm reading Ansel Adams and a wonderful book 
>on B&W printing by Larry Bartlett (posthumus) and Jon Tarrant.  He 
>recommends the v35.

The 1C is a good enlarger. It makes beautiful prints. But as for parts, I'm
not sure what's still in stock. A lot of people file out their neg  holder
to get the black borders. 

The V35 is much easier to use. I prefer it to the 1C. But it has a soft
light source, so you need to increase your development time in black and
white to get good contrast. I personally prefer that kind of light for my
negatives. And you can buy a film carrier that lets you print the black
borders around the outside of your negative. Just remember that that extra
bit of light coming through the negative base can contribute to flare -
- -- 

Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else.