Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/06/27

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Subject: RE: [Leica] OT Zone VI Enlarger
From: "Jay Burleson" <>
Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2001 14:44:53 -0700

Richard asked:
I am considering getting a Zone VI variable contrast enlarger- I need
something bigger for a 6x17 camera I'm putting together.  Does anyone in
LUGland have any experience with these.  If so, how do you like it?

I purchased one of these when they were first available from Fred P. at Zone
I got the standard cold light, not the VC.
It is a monster enlarger, especially with the extended column. No vibration
or movement.
It is well made and it's by far the cheapest way to print 5x7 negs.
I have only 2 complaints:
1. I had to put more foam under the head to stop light leaks - minor.
2. The neg carriers are huge - a 5 or 6 strip 35mm is difficult to center,
since they are completely covered by the two pieces.
Otherwise, it has served me faithfully for years.
I had planned to upgrade to the VC head but never bothered - all my printing
has been done on graded paper. When Ilford Galerie is finally discontinued,
I guess I will change. Unless I manage to get around to the Piezography b&w
inks in my Epson 1200...
Get the compensating timer as well. Made my life much, much easier compared
to my old digital Gra-Lab.
With a good lens, the extended column, and M6 negs, I can make stunning
20x24 prints (or larger) without stressing the enlarger.

Jay Burleson
"There is a thin line between coincidence and fate, my friend."
UPDATED 5-30-01: