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Subject: [Leica] Focomat 1
From: chs2018 at (Chris Saganich)
Date: Wed Jan 28 08:30:41 2009
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You may find that the geometry of the modern bulb is different then the 
original Osram which causes some uneven illumination.  I have my bulb 
retracted as far up as it can go which works well for me.

At 05:03 PM 1/26/2009, you wrote:
>Hi All,
>Thanks for your answers, Lluis: I was able to find both a Focotar and 
>Componon for the enlarger. I'm curious to see the results. I think that I 
>do need to use only a 75 watt bulb in there although I noticed that the 
>previous owner had a 150 watt in there, but it gets pretty hot and I 
>really don't want to overload the wiring. Curtis, I checked again and the 
>condenser looks to be in beautiful condition, no scratches to speak of. I 
>was rather curious what the glass itself should look like: if clear like a 
>lens, or milky white like a light bulb because I have seen the condenser 
>glass for sale on the auction site, for the Ic, and it is milky. I guess 
>the true way to know is to try it out! (I also figure I can use the Ic 
>manual as there are few differences: the lack of AN glass and it doesn't 
>tip back to for easy negative insertion...) Thanks again to all! (and Walt 
>thanks for the link)
> wrote:
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>>Today's Topics:
>>    1. Re: Leitz Focomat I (Sonny Carter)
>>    2. Test (Lluis Ripoll)
>>    3. Re: Picture Samples using R lenses on my Nikon D700
>>       (George Lottermoser)
>>    4. Re: (SPAM: ?)  re: Focomat (Curtis Bliss)
>>    5. Fwd: [Leica] Hasta Luego (Lluis Ripoll)
>>    6. Fwd: [Leica] Leitz Focomat I (Lluis Ripoll)
>>    7. Fwd: [Leica] Nathan's PAD 24/01/2009: stormy weather
>>       (Lluis Ripoll)
>>    8. Fwd: Again on the Barcelona's Rambla (Lluis Ripoll)
>>    9. Re: Frilly L (Sonny Carter)
>>   10. Re: Phillip Tambala: A tribute (George Lottermoser)
>>   11. Re: Phillip Tambala: A tribute (Steve Barbour)
>>   12. Re: Phillip Tambala: A tribute (Daniel Ridings)
>>   13. Re. Phillip Tambala: A tribute (Daniel Ridings) (Mads Christensen)
>>   14. Re: Obamamania (Philip Leeson)
>>   15. Re: Test (George Lottermoser)
>>   16. Re: Phillip Tambala: A tribute (Daniel Ridings)
>>   17. El Toro (Mads Christensen)
>>   18. Re: Test (Lluis Ripoll)
>>   19. Leica R lenses on Canon bodies (Wayne Serrano)
>>   20. Re: Leica R lenses on Canon bodies (Michiel Fokkema)
>>   21. Re: Leica R lenses on Canon bodies (George Lottermoser)
>>   22. test (Walt Johnson)
>>   23. Re: test (George Lottermoser)
>>   24. Re: test (Lluis Ripoll)
>>   25. Re: Frilly L (Ric Carter)
>>   26. Re: Leica R lenses on Canon bodies (Wayne Serrano)
>>   27. Re: Leica R lenses on Canon bodies (Douglas Sharp)
>>   28. Re: Leica R lenses on Canon bodies (George Lottermoser)
>>Message: 1
>>Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2009 12:01:44 -0600
>>From: Sonny Carter <>
>>Subject: Re: [Leica] Leitz Focomat I
>>To: Leica Users Group <>
>>         <>
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>>There are some Focomat instructions on sale on Ebay.
>>On Sat, Jan 24, 2009 at 6:25 PM, Leina Gonzalez <> wrote:
>>>Hi all,
>>>Am new to this group (as of today), and would like to ask a question about
>>>the Focomat I that I picked up recently. After quite a bit of research I 
>>>fairly certain that it is the 1a model (on the enlarger itself it says:
>>>Leitz Focomat 1) it has a Varob 1:3,5 lens which seems (amazingly) to be 
>>>pretty good shape; no fungus, scratches, or haze. I am curious if I can 
>>>another lens and if the screw thread is 39mm. Also, this is my first
>>>enlarger and I am curious how I can assess the condition of the condenser
>>>glass. Sorry for the silly question, but I honestly don't know what it
>>>should look like. In any case, I have replaced the power cord, the other 
>>>was in terrible shape. And after replacing the very old bulb, found that 
>>>works like a charm. I can't wait to try it out... In any case the user's
>>>manual is nearly impossible to find, in German or English so any advice or
>>>tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
>>>Leica Users Group.
>>>See for more information
>Leica Users Group.
>See for more information

Chris Saganich MS, CPH
Senior Physicist, Office of Health Physics
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
New York Presbyterian Hospital
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