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“It's a gem and worth its price…. I have three enlargers for workshops I teach from my studio and with the Versalab I can align them quickly and absolutely on the money. What you'll find is that they give a level of accuracy which probably surpasses the finesse with which you can align the enlarger. With the laser tool registering alignment, for example, just tightening the hold down bolts on my Beseler 45 MX (granted not an alignment friendly enlarger) show me the planes are going out of parallel.”
 

William Laven

This is the 'real deal' in enlarger alignment. Beautiful photography requires precision. Never again wonder if your enlarger or copy stand is aligned properly, find out instantly! The latest ingenious cost-effective product from the creative minds at Versalab.


Photographic reproduction equipment is only correctly aligned when the easel, the negative, and the lens mount are all accurately aligned parallel to each other. If they are not, the work will suffer.

 

There are many ways to verify alignment but only one stands out as the most convenient to use. The PARALLEL is a small, battery powered, very carefully aligned laser beam projector. Used with the supplied reflectors, it is a clear and easy-to-understand alignment indicating system. Accuracy of alignment is determined by the position of the red reflected laser dot. If everything is parallel, the red dot is reflected back to the center of the target. Misalignment becomes obvious if the dot is anywhere other than the center of the target. The progress of corrective adjustment is easily followed by watching the position of the dot as it moves in response to the changing alignment.

 

The PARALLEL is fast and easy. Imagine, right in the middle of a printing session in the darkroom you become suspicious that your enlarger is not aligned. Just set the PARALLEL on the easel and turn it on, hold the reflector against the face of the lens (or remove the lens and substitute the reflector for the negative in the negative carrier) and the alignment is instantly verified! No squinting, no fiddling, no fussing!! The PARALLEL itself does not need to be carefully aligned or installed, simply placed close to the middle of the easel then moved around until the red laser dot reflects back onto the target. Your hands are now free to work on the equipment.

 

The PARALLEL is very accurate. The dot reflection system of the PARALLEL magnifies any misalignment. The output beam of the PARALLEL is factory aligned to within .015” over 20”. If a 35mm. negative stage is out of alignment by as little as the thickness of the film, the dot will miss the target aperture by over .04” (1mm.).

 

The PARALLEL consists of a small phenolic box roughly 3” x 4” x 1.5” with a metal lid and a switch on one end. The bulk of the inside of the box is filled with the rigid solid aluminum laser mount. Also in the box is a holder for the two AA batteries that power the laser (one set included).

 

Supplied with the unit are several precision glass reflectors 1” x 3” x 1mm. thick and one reflector 2 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 1mm. The smaller reflectors are for use on the front of lenses (a simple rubber band arrangement is provided to hold the reflector to the front face of the lens barrel) and in negative carriers up to 6 x17cm. The larger reflector fits into 4 x 5 negative carriers.

 

Negative carriers up to 8 x 10 can be accomodated by the optional 8 x 10 adapter.

 

If you want the industry standard for enlarger alignment, get the PARALLEL.

 

$220 + 15 standard shipping.  Call or email to buy.

 

“It's a gem and worth its price…. I have three enlargers for workshops I teach from my studio and with the Versalab I can align them quickly and absolutely on the money. What you'll find is that they give a level of accuracy which probably surpasses the finesse with which you can align the enlarger. With the laser tool registering alignment, for example, just tightening the hold down bolts on my Beseler 45 MX (granted not an alignment friendly enlarger) show me the planes are going out of parallel.”
 

William Laven

The PARALLEL