The Odyssey De Vere 504DS digital enlarger, which has the unique
capability to photographically expose the image from a digital file
onto traditional black-and-white or colour paper, has been upgraded
with a new LCD image processor giving more than twice the resolving
power of its original configuration. In addition, new, user-friendly
software has been installed to make the enlarger even easier to handle.
First to take advantage of the new 504DS is the London College of
Fashion which has installed eight systems into its darkrooms where up
to 400 students on the College's specialist fashion photography courses
have been taking full advantage of the facilities incorporated in the
systems. The 17.2-megapixel processors enable extreme levels of
fidelity when printing the results of the students' work in the studio.
This system is really superb, comments Nigel
Tribbett, the College's chief photographer who runs the courses.
We also have 11 traditional analogue De Vere
enlargers in operation for work completed on film, while the 504DS
enables students to step straight across to preparing and printing
their digital photography. The system fully lives up to everything we
expected of it.
We teach photography and photographic technique
from the ground up, and require our students to understand the
fundamentals of the photographic process, as well as those aspects
specific to the field of fashion photography. Given which, the 504DS is
ideal: it provides the perfect combination of a traditional approach
with the high technology required in today's modern photographic
The total 504DS package offers a fully pre-configured system, all
factory-set and ready to use. If preferred, the digital system can be
retrofitted to existing chassis.
Those operators using the full system, however, will benefit from the
world-famous De Vere enlarger chassis, among other advantages. This has
always been more flexible, more robust, and easier to configure than
other enlargers' bodies, and the 504DS version utilises that facility
to the maximum.
An alternative to the standard bench configuration is a wall-mounted
version for exposing larger images, along with a floor-standing model
which can also be used with a roll easel for automatic, continuous
The new compact LED light source is lightweight, generates no heat or
noise, and moves from colour to black-and-white at the touch of a
switch. The general preference among professionals for this processing
method rather than outputting to digital media is well known, both for
the longevity of the prints and for the real photographic finish and
Using the 504DS means that these advantages can still be enjoyed while
also utilising the facilities provided by digital photography and image
capture as well as digital manipulation and correction. It is the
perfect answer for professional photographers, laboratories, bureaux
and anyone seeking the highest quality standards of production.