Versalab Parallel Enlarger Laser Alignment GaugeModel: 20240
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 becomes a very clear and simple 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 accurate. The dot reflection system of the PARALLEL magnifies any misalignment. 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 1mm.
Supplied with the unit are several precision glass reflectors. The smaller reflectors are for use on the front of lenses and in negative carriers up to 6 cm x 17 cm. The larger reflector fits into 4 in. x 5 in. negative carriers. Negative carriers up to 8 in. x 10 in. can be accommodated by the inexpensive optional 8x10 adapter.
If you want the best product for enlarger alignment, get the PARALLEL.