Originally Posted by Erik van Straten
I think it is an excellent set. (I love the time-o-light, I had one fifty years ago).
A timer with a memory for several exposures is very handy. You only need a set of Ilford filters and some variable contrast paper.
remember: use only the filters 00 and 5
When switching the filters, the enlarger and the easel must not move.
Originally Posted by wpb
I started with that Vivitar enlarger in 1985. Do not do split printing and use the filter holder above the lens, it always seemed to loose sharpness that way. Much better results were obtained just holding the filter(s) below the lens. As an aside; if you take an unexposed and developed strip of film and make very fine marks on it with a needle or pin vertically and horizontally in a checkerboard pattern you can test it very easily for proper alignment. You can either check it with grain focuser or make a print and inspect.
I use this enlarger for some years now. No alignment problems on prints.
And I have both Ilford filters one for enlarger drawer above lens and one set with filter holder under the lens.