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    Re: Picking up a De Vere 5108

    That's the head on my mentor's 5108. Yours looks minty fresh, nice!

    The Ilford 500 head covers 5x7 if you use the 6x7 mixing box and the adaptor box to raise the head so that the inverse square law related to light falloff covers 5x7. Out of the box, the Ilford head only covers 4x5.

    The Analyzer 500 timer has a probe that is used to sample different areas of a negative. You have to be sure to turn off the safelight when sampling. The sampled densities are placed on a gray scale that is displayed on the timer. The scale runs from white with texture to black with texture.

    After you have your samples, you manipulate your contrast and exposure to get the sampled values at either end of the scale, if your negative has a full range of tonality. You can also do things like sample a skin tone and place it on the scale. After that, you press print. The head operates solely in split contrast mode, making two exposures, one for shadows and one for highlights.

    Out of the box, the Analyzer 500 timer is calibrated for Ilford RC papers. I need to calibrate it for Ilford Fibre classic but it is not that far off, considering.

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    Re: Picking up a De Vere 5108

    Thanks, but I seldom print anything harder than a Grade 3. My negatives are developed to typically print on Gr 2 paper.

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    Re: Picking up a De Vere 5108

    Quote Originally Posted by IanG View Post
    I have the same colour head on mine but it has a relay unit attached to the side that allows the fans to remain running for an adjustable time after the exposure or when it's been on for focussing etc. Ian
    Ian, was that a DeVere part or an add-on? Can you send a photo or some info on it?

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    Yeah, the timer is great for my 35mm street work where I can't control contrast of each shot.
    Last edited by Larry Kellogg; 3-May-2015 at 15:26.

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    Re: Picking up a De Vere 5108

    Larry, can you post some photos of the new L-138 head? Would be curious to see how it works. L

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    Re: Picking up a De Vere 5108

    Hello Luis,
    I created a new thread with some pictures of my setup. Enjoy!

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    Here's a picture of the beast right before it was dismantled into 3 pieces so it would fit in the mini-van. Thanks for all the suggestions from folks on how to take it apart. It was owned by a photo studio who bought it new for their own use, so it's a one owner machine and never seen commercial work. Looks brand new! It's one of the later models with the black colored head and stabilizer. Went ahead and also bought the 300 Apo-Rodagon that was on it, mostly for the lens mount. Boy that's one heavy lens! If I can't mount my 240 Rodagon, then I'll remount it on the 300 board. I'm having an adapter made to mount Durst Lapla boards on the DeVere board. Also have 5 board for the DeVere; 2 of them recessed for the shorter lenses.

    Have made it back to Atlanta from Richmond today, will drive home tomorrow, then unload on Sunday and then see when I get the energy to dismantle the SM-183 and put the 5108 in it's place. I'm going to set it up in the garage first, to make sure everything works before I go through the effort of setting it up in the darkroom. I'll store the Durst for a while and decide at some future point if I want to keep both or not! I've got so much Durst stuff, it would be a pain to piece it out. L

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    Re: Picking up a De Vere 5108

    lucky, lucky man. That's the enlarger I want in my own darkroom one day . But for now, not enough space

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    Sweet! Congratulations!

    That thing is in pristine condition. What a great find.

    The timer on my mentor's enlarger is messed up, here is a picture of it, which is why I bought a power cable from Secondhand Darkroom to connect the power supply on the 5108 to an RH Designs timer.

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    Re: Picking up a De Vere 5108

    Quote Originally Posted by Luis-F-S View Post
    Ian, was that a DeVere part or an add-on? Can you send a photo or some info on it?
    I'd guess the relay was added after, it's an RS Components 240V 0.2 sec - 20 second Time Delay relay. RS are the largest supplier of electronic parts etc in the UK but this relay is probably 20+ years old and no longer listed.. It has 4 wire into the enlarger but I've not opened up the head to see how it's wired up. The UK heads are 240V and use 2 pairs of 120V bulbs in series you'd presumably need a 120v time delay relay.

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