Now Valoy II arrived at new darkroom of my home.


New enlarger at my home, originally uploaded by Minochage.

It has been really my dream.
I’m excited about the fact that it exist actually at my home. According to shop owner, my Valoy was imported from Europe. The lamp house, plywood compressed base plate and metal shaft pole almost don’t have any injury and rust. I highly appreciate that previous owner of the Valoy keep it very clean for the last more than 40 years.


New enlarger at my home, originally uploaded by Minochage.

At first I wanted to find out and buy Focomat Ic. But it was quite difficult to find out with very good condition and reasonable price. As compromise, I selected Valoy II. The difference of Valoy II from Focomat Ic is that Valoy II can’t implement auto focus. However, Valoy II still has the most important feature, same as Focomat Ic and Focomat II, that the condenser lens directly attach on the surface of the nega film in nega carrier.
If the lens directly attach on the film surface, newton ring problem easily happen. But fortunately, the surface of condenser lens of my Valoy II has anti-newton ring treatment in advance. So I don’t need to look for the anti-newton filter for condenser lens.


New enlarger at my home, originally uploaded by Minochage.


New enlarger at my home, originally uploaded by Minochage.

In the first half of Feb ’14, my wife and I will enjoy the travel in Taiwan with Leica M3 and Canon EOS1V. So I would like to start the development of film and enlargement from 2nd half of Feb ’14.

But I have one assignment. The Valoy doesn’t have the filter pocket for multi grade filter. It is possible to put the one touch attachment holder of Fuji or ILFORD on the lens body of Focotar, if the extension holder for the lens is applied. But I quite hesitate the direct attachment to protect the antique lens.


New enlarger at my home, originally uploaded by Minochage.

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