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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon View Post
    But how do you assure alignment between the film, the lens and the easel?
    Hi Bob, the negative sits in a holder on the back of the camera, in a similar way to how you would use the camera when taking a picture, you square everything up in the usual way using the 0 indents or marks on the camera, that gets you your negative and film squared up. You then point it down and use the levels to get it roughly right and either dial it in using a grain finder or more simply using a sheet of graph paper or a cutting mat with a grid, when your image is square on the grid and aligned in all four corners you are good to go, in practise it really isn't that hard to do and takes very little time to get an accurate and useable setup. You could also attach the camera to a good copy stand, Kaiser make a lot of compatible ones, many of which can fold away and are a lot easier to store than a massive 4x5 enlarger.

    I appreciate for people who have often had access to high quality enlargers or have the space to have one setup at home- the idea of using your 4x5 camera as an enlarger seems a bit strange. But for a lot of people, particularly young people just getting starting out with film; A tool that lets you setup your own mini darkroom that can be cleared away when not being used, allows you to start printing for the first time, and allows you to make really beautiful prints is a very useful tool indeed.

    Happy to answer any other questions people might have

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    Re: Intrepid Enlarger Attachment

    Why bother to post?

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    Re: Intrepid Enlarger Attachment

    I've deleted the bickering about enlarger alignment, left up the posts in which Max explains his recommendations for how alignment should be handled with this product.

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    Re: Intrepid Enlarger Attachment

    Quote Originally Posted by Oren Grad View Post
    I've deleted the bickering about enlarger alignment, left up the posts in which Max explains his recommendations for how alignment should be handled with this product.
    Why, if those instructions will not align the enlarging system properly?

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    Re: Intrepid Enlarger Attachment

    Bob, users can make their own judgments as to how stringent a standard they wish to pursue and whether this product will be adequate for their purposes. Endless badgering and bickering on this or any other point is disruptive of the Forum and is not appropriate, even if you are convinced that you are right and others are wrong.

    Please let it be.

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    Re: Intrepid Enlarger Attachment

    Quote Originally Posted by Oren Grad View Post
    Bob, users can make their own judgments as to how stringent a standard they wish to pursue and whether this product will be adequate for their purposes. Endless badgering and bickering on this or any other point is disruptive of the Forum and is not appropriate, even if you are convinced that you are right and others are wrong.

    Please let it be.
    Fine, I will, but you are saying that proper technique takes second place. It, there is a right way, a wrong way and their way and the learning curve is on the purchaser!

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    Re: Intrepid Enlarger Attachment

    Quote Originally Posted by Max Grew View Post
    any other questions people might have
    One question, how Variable Contrast is handled ?

    Is there a way to separately switch on Blue, Green and Red (for safe light), for split grade printing ? filters under the lens ?

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    Re: Intrepid Enlarger Attachment

    Bob - if you don’t want one, don’t buy one. Nobody is saying this is the equavilent of a multi-thousand dollar professional enlarger. What it is is a tool to give added utility to your 4x5 and allow folks who want to print, but cannot otherwise afford the gear, to give it a go. Just as there is a market for a D3400 with a 18-55 kit lens and a D850 with the 24-70/2.8, there is a market for affordable, entry level enlargers as well as the full-on pro gear.

    I have access to a full darkroom at the club with traditional enlargers to print up to 4x5 negs. I bought this enlarger enhancement to my 4x5 for 2 reasons: convenience and fun/experimenting. The convenience is that it is much more time efficient to just go to the basement than the club. The fun is that I have never tried tilt/shift enlarging. Might have some creative possibilities. Will have to experiment to see.

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    Re: Intrepid Enlarger Attachment

    Quote Originally Posted by Pere Casals View Post
    One question, how Variable Contrast is handled ?

    Is there a way to separately switch on Blue, Green and Red (for safe light), for split grade printing ? filters under the lens ?
    Hello, the system uses Multigrade filters under the lens, every enlarger kit ships with a free universal filter holder that clips onto your lens and takes Ilford 8.9x8.9 multigrade filters. in this sense it works exactly the same as any other enlarger that uses under the lens filters.

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    Re: Intrepid Enlarger Attachment

    So is the light source LED's or a cold light fluorescent tube?

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