Paterson/Phillips PCA 2060 Question

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lilserenity

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Hiya,

I was given a PCA 2060 this week and last night I tried using it for the first time. I have a Meopta Axomat 5 with colour 3 head. I'm not entirely sure if this analyser is suitable for a subtractive based colour enlarger that I have as I have seen comments by doing searches online that its only really for the Phillips/Patterson additive enlargers.

Anyway, I followed the instructions for the unknown negative basically the 3 colour labelled dials were set to 0 so I put the diffuser in place, set my enlarger lens to f/8 and clicked the the cyan button and moved the probe until it deflected the balance needle to the far right. Then bringing down the the exposure time the needle eventually aligned on zero. Next step, yellow. So I clicked the yellow button, the needle deflected to the far left, and without moving the probe I can't get it to get anywhere away from the left.

I tried opening up the lens to f/5.6 which helped but by the time I went through cyan, yellow, magenta and then clicked cyan again as it says to, the cyan setting had the needle off of the zero mark again!

Does anyone know if this analyser is suitable, and if so, what the devil is going on? The instructions aren't very clear (well to a silly sausage like me they're not :D)

Thanks,
Vicky
 

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Hello,

From what you describe the probe filters seem to be stuck. You probably don't hear any "motor sound" coming from the probe when you switch color channels I guess...
You'll have to open the probe, there are 3 screws (philips ;-) ) two at the botton one at the top underneath the probe.
Then move gently the white gear it will make the black gear move slowly, and eventually the contacts will click...

Good luck
Alex
 

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I think Alex may have got to the bottom of the problem. It happened with mine as well which I had bought on ebay. Once I had unstuck the gearing it was fine and the problem hasn't recurred. I suspect it happens if the analyser is left unused for long period i.e. many months.

You should hear a very loud motor sound each time you press the CMY buttons.

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lilserenity

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Thanks for the advice guys, I'll look into this today if I get a chance. I'm sure I heard some whirring but maybe it is indeed jammed as you say.

I have been getting on fine without it but it would be handy to have, and as it's in such good condition, it would be a shame to just let it go.

Thanks!

I'll get back soon with the result,
Vicky
 

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PCA 2060

I looking the instructions for the Philips PCA2060 Colour Analyser I wonder
if any one have a copy they could copy for me,I just cant find my copy anywhere
so if you know anyone who could help I would be most grateful.
John
 

paul_c5x4

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The booklet is some 54 pages of A5... Fortunately, only nine pages are relevant, the rest being foreign language translations.

Give me a day or two, and I'll try and scan the english pages for you.
 

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I did in fact find a analyser like this 2060 new in box in my lab. Never used it. But there where no manual. So if someone have made a scan of it, i would like to have it to. By the way. Can this analyser be usefull in b&w printing?
 
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