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[filmscanners] Re: Black and white scans on LS4000EDandotherissues

I have two enlargers -- diffusion and condenser -- which I use for my
B&W printing (color is being done at a lab until I can get my digital
act together).  98% of the time I use the diffusion (Saunders LPL)
enlarger because I like the way things turn out.

With all due respect to St. Ansel, there are many ways to get prints
that look the way you want them to.  Nobody's got a lock on good advice.

I do think Bob's is worth taking, tho'.

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I have a lot of respect for the knowledge of Austin and Art but I
you do read the references from Brian, which support my experience.

Cold light heads have gotten a lot of hype over time because people like
Ansel Adams spoke highly of them. The Howard bond articles explains
how Ansel may have come upon his conclusions. My own experience (as a
printer) was that the two light sources do have a contrast difference,
by matching the proper neg to the light source will give you the best
but no light source is capable of giving a better print than the other,
and of, itself. That the two gave different contrast was useful in the
days, before variable contrast papers were around, or any good, such
that if
you were having a hard time getting a neg to fall right on either of two
grades of paper, switching light sources could sometimes split the
difference to good effect.

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