Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/01/16

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Subject: [Leica] Re: OT: Any Durst specialists in the house?
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2001 03:05:49 -0800

I don't have a Durst 609 but I do have a lamp that's too powerful for
what I need a lot of the time.

I guess I am ashamed to admit I have to bring up the "F" word.

That's right, I screw a neutral-density filter into the front of my
enlarger lens.

That's right, in the optical path.

I don't care about what this is doing in the way of bending light rays
before they get to the paper. My prints look plenty sharp to me.

However, if your enlarger allows it, you might consider putting a gel
filter somewhere in the lamphouse. Balcar makes cheap neutral density
filters for fitting on lights and you can trim one down to size. I
believe they come in 2-, 3- and 4-stop densities.