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Old 07-29-2019   #242
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Today I disassembled and rebuilt the LED head I received with my Automega E3. I mounted the LED driver on top of the head (as Jerry Bodine did) which gives more room inside for spreading out the diffusion plexi inside and now it's pretty even. Using my Pentax Digital Spotmeter I can see the center is 1/3 stop brighter than the four corners. I can live with that.

So tonight I am printing through 5x7 glass carrier with the E3 and the LED
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So tonight I am printing through 5x7 glass carrier with the E3 and the LED

Lens is my fave 180mm f5.6 Rodagon 90s version

Enlarger E3 has some "flex" but what saves me is the "Laser Align". I confirm alignment right before exposing.
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Old 07-30-2019   #245
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Old 08-12-2019   #246
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My Home Contractor "Bruce" has been around here for three days, renovating two of our smaller bathrooms. He did a fantastic job. Last year he built on a deck edition in our backyard that is amazing.

Tomorrow he is back to plumb my big black darkroom sink, that will be a job. The copper lines and drain pipes are already 75% done, he will finish it.

Our Furnace HVAC Guy looked the darkroom over, and he says all I need to do is hook up an existing bathroom exhaust (in the basement ceiling) to vent odors out of the darkroom. No need for that Harbour Freight dust fan, which sounded like a rocket engine.

So we will vent the darkroom odors out into the back yard.

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Old 09-04-2019   #255
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Today a couple of these Eagle "Drum Spill Containment Basins" arrived. It took a couple of months to receive them. I believe they are 3D printed.
I will build tables to hold them, and add drains, and plumb them to drain the water. This one will contain 25 gallons. One will hold my 16x20 Calumet Print Washer, and the other will become a low sink.

Not bad for $63 each.
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Hey Dan-

I remember reading someplace that Federal had a problem with a center "hot spot" with their model 450 4 x 5 diffusion enlarger. They solved it by sandblasting the center and "feathering" it out towards the edges of the diffusion ground glass.
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This is my "Poor Mans JOBO Film Processor". I have not developed any B&W film in quite a long time. In the Multitank 5 are loaded eighteen sheets of 6.5x9cm sheet film.

I will try twenty minutes approx in Microphen diluted 1:3.

The film is odd assortment of expired Eastern Bloc films and some other, so I am excited to see the results.
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Hey Dan-

I remember reading someplace that Federal had a problem with a center "hot spot" with their model 450 4 x 5 diffusion enlarger. They solved it by sandblasting the center and "feathering" it out towards the edges of the diffusion ground glass.
Thanks MFM!

Will take that under advisement.
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Here is the completed Automega E3 5x7 Glass Negative Carrier. On the right, you can see the beveled glass and custom made clips that Glenn Evans manufactured. On the left, is a sheet of Durst L138 Glass (Non Anti Newton) that came from a dealer in Austria. Using a Dremel Grinder bit attached to my mini drill press, I slowly reduced the width of the glass, until it was a perfect fit in the Omega top frame. This took many hours to get just right. I then use 3M 850 Tape to build up the thickness of the ends of the glass. This required many many thicknesses of 850 tape. When I was satisfied with the glass tightly holding my test 4x5 negative, I used more 850 Tape to secure the glass to the bottom part of the top carrier frame. Glenn could not do anything with the top part of the frame.

So it works! Not Anti Newton but it gets me going. Sure took long enough to build!
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This arrived yesterday, an envelope packed with two sheets of cardboard. Of course the glass was destroyed. They say they will refund all my money.

So the search for Durst AN glass continues.
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I believe focalpoint does custom cut ANR glass. Also scan-tech will cut to your measurement. Might be easier than finding the specific Durst glass.
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I believe focalpoint does custom cut ANR glass. Also scan-tech will cut to your measurement. Might be easier than finding the specific Durst glass.
Thanks for your suggestions!

Unfortunately Focal Point no longer sells AN glass. Scan Tech and Focal Point offered COATED glass. ACID ETCHED anti newton glass (the other type and the really good stuff) was used by Durst and Omega back in the old days, and that is really what I am after.

It's a pity that I vendors I have dealt with recently don't do a responsible job of packing their wares for shipment.

I did just get my refund from the Vendor in Austria, but he has no more glass
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Ah, I see, bummer... good luck in the search.
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Reworked Automega E3 5x7 LED Head 1 by Nokton48, on Flickr

Today I reworked the Automega E3 5x7 LED Head.

Much better now, and ready to use

Reworked Automega E3 5x7 LED Head 2 by Nokton48, on Flickr

Here is the reworked Automega E3 5x7 LED Head. This how it looks fired up and running.

As you can see adjusting the diffusers inside has evened out the light quite a bit. Looks good to my eye
Need to replace the thick black felt light trap at the bottom, and it should be ready to use.
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Here the 5x7 Omega Automega E-3 is fully renovated. I rewired the LED connections and tightened a few things up. Now I have 35mm, two 6x6, 3x4" 4x5" and glass 5x7 original E-3 carriers. Lens setups will be made out in my workshop in the garage.

Got a 5x7 negative aligned in the glass carrier and soon I will find time to make more prints.
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Here's another view of the new LED head on the E-3. According to the original instructions (which I found along with other E-3 literature), this enlarger is designed to be approached from the right side. The controls are laid out for that. Ready to print again in the next day or two
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This is the flip side of my darkroom illustrated above^^

It's the washing and drying side. Green Kreonite sink will be supported on new table, and plumbed in. Yellow "sink" was made for storing two 55 gallon drums side-by-side, will be repurposed as sink (also with new table) to contain the Calumet Fibre 16x20 Print Washer, in the event of a flood. Sink will hold 25 gallons and the washer only has fifteen.

Petersons Photographic 16x20 fiber print dryer is on the right. I am finishing the wiring and installing the muffin fans.

Built some shelves today, and added a "red light" indicating I am at work.

Phase II is bringing in plumber and electrician, also hooking up ceiling fan to suck odors out of the inner darkroom.

Note the heavy duty dehumidifier and racks of overhead clothespins.

There's a Petersons Photographic Rapid film dryer that will handle 20 rolls of 35mm or strips of 70mm, on the far right.
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Right now I am using JOBO 2500 series tanks and reels, and built a JOBO film washer that fits those tanks. This came from Germany, I converted it to US plumbing with stuff from Lowes.

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Petersons Photographic Roll Film Washer 1 by Nokton48, on Flickr

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I also have an assortment of steel tanks and reels, so THIS would be helpful to use and easy to build. I also have Hurricane film washers which are for smaller Nikor type tanks.
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Enlarging Heads that fit my Automega E3. Omegalite 5x7, Condenser Set 5X7 to 4x5, Original Flourescent Head (required a shutter to open and close) adapted to modern LED bulbs. LED ballast is attached to top exterior
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From tha APUG archives, here is Robert Mann's E3 LED head. Similar to what I have now. I'm thinking of putting Rosco Gel Deep Green and Blue gels in the filter drawer, for VC printing. Should work??
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Latest Darkroom Renovation 3 by Nokton48, on Flickr

The E3 is now completely up to speed, could always use further fine tuning. All three Omegas running and ready to produce prints.

I'm buying 8x10 and 5x7 Aristo Ultra #2 RC in 250 sheet boxes.
The enlarger in the middle is running 8x10s from 4x5 negs, with 180mm black Rodagon and MES LED head. The LED does speed up printing times.

The enlarger on the right is making 5x7s from 35mm, with 80mm black Rodagon. I am buying another 4x5 Omegalite head should be here soon.
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Latest Darkroom Renovation 4 by Nokton48, on Flickr

After a good amount of metalwork, the E3 is much better aligned, has a new Omegalite head (my fave). Yesterday I setup four choice lenses, and on each added three point adjustments for accurate laser alignment. Lots of drilling tapping and lots of black masking tape.

Shown on the baseboard are the 180mm chrome Componon, 210mm chrome Componon, 240mm chrome Componon, and black 150mm F9 G Claron. All of these laser align to the baseboard at this point.

The E4 Omegalite looks like it will be bright enough (40W) to burn an 8x10 in a reasonable period of time. And no heat!
Using the E3 5x7 glass carrier that I restored.
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4x5 Sinar Norma 165mm Sinar Norma Schneider Super Angulon PL100 PMK+ Omega Dii MES LED Aristo #2 RC 8x10 180mm black Rodagon Perfection developer
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E3 150 F9 G-Claron 5x7 Lens Board Custom 1 by Nokton48, on Flickr

This involved a lot of metalworking. Attached an E3 flat board to the Omega Micro Focusing attachment with brass hobby screws.

Then drilled and tapped the front of the unit, so that three-point alignment can be achieved. Cut mouse pad to custom fit everything. Works great.

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This is the big 240mm F5.6 Componon mounted on the square cone board for the 190 Wolly, on the E3.

Also added three-point alignments, using machine screws, drilling and the tapping the front of the cone. Added computer mouse pad to custom fit everything. Works great
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First 5x7 Norma Test 75f8 SA CF E3 150F9 Aristo2 Perfection 3.5min by Nokton48, on Flickr

My one and only (so far!) test of my 5x7" Sinar Norma. Also testing the Schneider 75mm F8 Super Angulon, with the matching Schneider center filter marked "Filter for 75mm F8 SA".

5x7 HP5 D76 Omega E3 with Omegalite Head, Arista Ultra #2 RC paper Perfection D developer 3.5 minutes

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