Zone VI/Aristo combo

Discussion in 'Large Format' started by steve_wiley, Nov 7, 2001.

  1. Can the Aristo 8x10 head be easily adapted to the Zone VI 8x10
    enlarger? Neither Aristo nor Calumet had any info on using one
    with the other. Thanks.
     
  2. I don't know, but suspect it may be difficult. I think the Zone VI
    negative carrier stage is built into the head, rather than separate
    as on smaller enlargers. Calumet ought to at least be able to tell
    you how the negative carrier mates to the light source.
     
  3. I assume you've looked into all this, but you're aware that the Zone
    VI 8X10 variable contrast cold light head is presumably made by
    Arista? I've been using it for some time now with the Zone VI
    enlarger and been very pleased.

    <p>

    Nathan
     
  4. Based on mutually uncomplimentary comments over the years from both
    Aristo and Zone VI about each other, it's highly unlikely that Aristo
    makes anything for Zone VI or vice versa.
     
  5. The Zone VI 8x10 head is made by a sign company somewhere back east,
    as Aristo will derisively point out. It's too bad. The Zone VI
    heads could have been better had they been made by Aristo. For
    example, the non-VC 5x7 and 8x10 heads could be excellent for both
    graded and VC paper had they used Aristo's "recent" innovation of
    combining the green and blue spectrums in the same tube.

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    Putting the two of these companies together is such a natural match,
    one wonders why it didn't work out.
     
  6. Neil, I'm hoping it does still work out. Aristo makes a head for
    the Zone VI 5x7. Apparently, nobody's asked Aristo about an
    8x10 adaptation. The Zone VI 8x10 can be purchased without
    the light source for about $1300. The Aristo head is $575.
    That's $725 less than the Zone VI with their standard light sorce.
    I don't print a lot of 8x10, and I need an enlarger with a small
    footprint. Can anyone think of a better set up?
     
  7. If Aristo and you are willing, why not buy the chassis & ship to
    Aristo. Aristo could then fab a head for you, and make it available
    to others? It does seem like a natural combination.
     
  8. Don't assume that the Zone VI light source will fit inside the Zone VI
    8x10 head with the power supply provided by Zone VI. In fact, don't
    assume that the Aristo 8x10 guts will fit inside the Zone VI head
    with the light stuff removed. (At least without getting measurements,
    etc.)

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    I found an 8x10 Zone VI Type II non-VC head on EBay for $600, and I
    found that it works very well, with no alteration, on my Zone VI Type
    I enlarger. Calumet will tell you otherwise, but it definitely works
    on my Type I. The I haven't yet tried this with VC paper, adding the
    recommended 30 green or 40 yellow to the head, and using below the
    lens VC filters.

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    Securing the Type II head to the Type I enlarger is a little
    different. The holes on the Type I enlarger (with the back guides
    removed) fit just inside the opening at the bottom of the Type II
    head. YOu can purchase the correctly sized bolts and rubberized
    washers to secure the head to the enlarger. There's nothing to it.
     

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