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    Re: An old friend offered us his D-2 he no longer uses.

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Ron View Post
    I had one of those flying saucers once. It used the circle line tubes but it had a nasty after glow. I had to put a cardboard in a swing out filter under the lens right after each exposure. Those circle line tubes don't come on as fast as the neon bulbs in the arista or zone cold lights with warmers built in.

    Yweah and when the circle line tubes get old they have a nice creepy flicker you see in lots of horror movies or your appartment building halls. Now they use those nasty super bright blueish LED bulbs.
    To really creep-up those LED bulbs, they should swing on a wire like a scene from "Portrait of Dorian Grey"... Add flies, and some some dirty cobwebs...

    It would be only slightly better than those strobing ringlights... :-0

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    Re: An old friend offered us his D-2 he no longer uses.

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Ron View Post
    I had one of those flying saucers once. It used the circle line tubes but it had a nasty after glow. I had to put a cardboard in a swing out filter under the lens right after each exposure. Those circle line tubes don't come on as fast as the neon bulbs in the arista or zone cold lights with warmers built in. Yeah and when the circle line tubes get old they have a nice creepy flicker you see in lots of horror movies or your apartment building halls. Now they use those nasty super bright blue-ish LED bulbs.
    Good Lord, Paul – were you not an LF forum member when you were experiencing this flying saucer nightmare? ;^)

    Just so newer members know, there are too many threads and posts to count about how to manage the light-stability (and MG paper) issues of Arista and Omegalite diffusion heads and tubes. Some solutions complex, some easy, a few downright brilliant.

    The flying saucer, pros and cons, is one of my most beloved darkroom items. For many negatives, the diffusion is a winning antidote to the Callier effect of my (also beloved) D2v variable condenser head.

    Once during a cocktail party (after one glass too many of Chateau Mouton Rothschild), I brought out my Omegalite on a long extension, held it up with its light on, and made it look like a flying saucer had come in through the living room window – “Swoosh!” The Omegalite is an instant antidote to neighborhod gossip, and probably the cause of some!

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    Re: An old friend offered us his D-2 he no longer uses.

    Quote Originally Posted by John Kasaian View Post
    I can put the D-II in mothballs in the garage. Then I'll have room.
    Problem solved.

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    Re: An old friend offered us his D-2 he no longer uses.

    Quote Originally Posted by HMG View Post
    Problem solved.
    It might also be solved by kind-hearted John's generous donation to a poor student or community darkroom.

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    Re: An old friend offered us his D-2 he no longer uses.

    i had the d2 in the late 1960s... it was probably real old when i got it. i cleaned her up n the guy that gave itbto me would constantky give me all sorts of accessories n gagets.

    didnt join here yet.... no internet yet.

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