do any of you have/use agfa colormad and/or varioscop enlargers?

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Gianni Rondinini, Dec 1, 2005.

  1. i own one and one. i'm desperately looking for a couple of lens
    plate/support for an apo-rodagon i've recently bought --and another
    one i'm planning to get--, but that i can't fit on the plate i'm using
    at the moment for the agfa color-something-ar i actually have. do any
    of you have hints or suggestions?

    thanks in advance.
    Gianni Rondinini, Dec 1, 2005
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  2. Gianni Rondinini

    Bob AZ Guest

    Post a .jpg of your present mounting plate

    Bob AZ
    Bob AZ, Dec 2, 2005
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  3. I try to decode your message: You have an old Agfa enlarger (Varioskop
    60?) with a 4.5/105 Color-Magnolar (or Color-Magnolar-II)?

    Unfortunately, there are no regular means to mount a standard M39 lens
    at your enlarger. The Agfa enlargers used a metric finethread mount. If
    you can find a M42-M39 adaptor ring, you can glue it on you lens support
    (using a good 2-component expoxy) and thread the lens in it. I did this
    and used a 105mm Rodagon on my Varioskop.

    This only works for the 105mm lens. It is nearly impossible to replace
    the 60mm lens, there isn't enough space for improvisations.

    Kienzle in Germany may have working adaptors for the Varioskop, they
    offered conversions to modern Apo-lenses in the past. Be prepared to pay
    $$$ for this.

    Martin Jangowski, Dec 2, 2005
  4. i copy. roger :)
    unfortunately, you just *almost* got the point. i have the 60mm lens
    on a regular plate :\

    i have both the 2 enlargers i was talking of: a colormat and a
    varioscop, then i have 2 mounting plates. on one, i have a rodagon
    105mm --which is ok-- and on the other one i have the color-magnolar
    60mm --which is not ok at all--.
    i don't know if mounting and unmounting lenses on plates often may
    damage the lenses --threads seems not to be as tough as camera lenses
    bajonets--, but even if i wanted to, i couldn't mount my apo-rodagon
    on the 105mm m39 plate because it has a different chape.
    the plate used for the color magnolar is flat, while the one which
    carries the rodagon 105 is not: the plane on which the lens is mounted
    is about 5cm --2 inches-- lower than the plane used to insert the
    plate into the enlarger.

    about the versions of varioscop (it may be varioskop: i now miss the
    exact name but i'll tell you) and colormat, i'll post something more
    next monday.

    i understand :\
    $$$ may be a problem or not: if you find items, you may decide wether
    to pay for them or not, but if you can't find what you look for,
    there's very little to decide ;)

    can i ask you if you have any contact/number/address for kienzle?

    thanks in advance.

    Gianni Rondinini, Dec 7, 2005
  5. i'll do it next monday. thanks for your attention --we're closed until
    sunday for some national holiday--.

    Gianni Rondinini, Dec 7, 2005
  6. Try

    Martin Jangowski, Dec 8, 2005
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