Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/09/29[Author Prev] [Author Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Author Index] [Topic Index] [Home] [Search]
The Focomat 1C is an excellent enlarger, but it is old, and there are some things to consider. First, you state that the Focotar lens is designated a 5cm lens rather than a 50mm lens, which indicates that it is an early Focotar, and might show its age, primarily in that it might have internal fogging of the glass elements. This can be 95% removed, but it will cost you $50 - $100. You can use other 50mm enlarger lenses, but you lose the autofocus capability of the 1C. As mentioned by someone before, check the bottom surface of the condenser for scratches and pitting. Also check alignment. If it has been dropped, the alignment could be off, and this might not be repairable. If it is not the Color model, it does not have a filter drawer above the condenser, and so if you want to print VC papers, you must use filters below the lens - not a problem from what I have experienced and heard about, but the above-the-lens drawer is preferred. In addition, if the auto focus is to work, you must use a 25mm thick easel or use the baseboard of the enlarger. And before you plug it in, check the wiring. I plugged one in once, and had a smoking, stinking, dangerous mess on my hands until the circuit breaker engaged! The preferred lens for the 1C is the 50mm Focotar-2. Good luck.