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chaim

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Hi,
I inherited a Durst M601 enlarger with a CLS66 colorhead and a Durst Sixma 35 negative carrier mask. Would appreciate help with 2 questions--

1. I'm just doing B&W, but the colorhead is there. I have the three color settings all at 0 and am using Ilford contrast filters and Ilford RC paper. Is there any conflict in this setup? The prints seem to have a slight brownish tint to them. I can live with that but wondered if I should be doing anything to compensate for the colorhead.

2. Bigger problem. The image just fades at the print's lower right border, instead of coming through sharp and dark. (Negative goes in the carrier upside down). About one-quarter inch maximum coming up from the bottom margin, three inches horizontally along the right edge of the bottom margin, on an 11x14 print. It reaches its worst point at the corner. Any thoughts out there?

Thanks--
Chaim
 

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The colour head shouldn't be causing any problems. You could forget the ilford filters and just dial in contrast. But if you're using white light [dials set at zero] it really shouldn't matter.

The second thing sounds like something is out of whack. Check the enlarger for basic alignment.
 

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Nick Zentena said:
The second thing sounds like something is out of whack. Check the enlarger for basic alignment.

Does your head have the built-in "edge" masking blades similar to other Durst enalargers? If so, it could be that they are not "clearing" the negative area

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Starting points

Use your color head. Here is a beginning chart for Durst enlargers using Ilford paper. You will have to test
Grade 00 150 y
Grade 0 90Y
Grade 1/2 70Y
Grade 1 55y
Grade 1.5 30y
Grade 2 0
Grade 2.5 20M
Grade 3 45M
Grade 3,5 65m
Grade 4 100m
Grade 4.5 140M
Grade 5 170M

Again this is a starting point. The benefit is you have far greater control and you will not be working through a filter.
As to the fuzzy. I would check for the neg cropper. It will be unfocus becsue its not at the same plane as your neg.
 

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Where are you putting the filters and are they the kind mounted in plastic frames? If you are using the lens mounted filter holder it may not be all the way out of the light path.Other than that or the forementioned masking frames it would have to be a light problem inside the head.
 
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