Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/01/26

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Variable Contrast CLH
From: D Khong <>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 06:39:36 +0000

>I have been interested in a Variable Contrast Cold light head for some time
>now.  WIth the cost of these approaching $1000, I figure it is time to use
>the accumulated knowledge of the LUG to get some real Pro and Con comments
>about the various models out there.....You folk have used some real
>experience to share.
>Ilford Multigrade
>Zone VI................ uses 2 indiepndently adjustable tubes
>Aristo .................. uses 2 tubes, one fixed, 1 adjustable
>ZBE.... about $2000, probably out of my league
>What have you used? What were the bad and good points?

I use a Kaiser Multigrade head enlarger.  The price which I bought new and
which can take up to 6x6 negs is about US$700.  It comes with everything
(including the transformer) except the lens.  The good thing that I found
with Kaiser is that everything is Modular.  I can upgrade to a colour head,
up to 6x9 cm neg size without having to buy a complete outfit.  I have not
asked whether it can be upgraded all the way to 4x5".

For split grade printing, there is nothing like the convenience of dialing
the different grades.  The Kaiser has a count down timer so I can easily
expose a portion of the total time in one grade and finish off the rest of
the time with another grade.

Dan K.