By: Jason H from Pleasanton, CA on 06/09/2009
I just received this yesterday. I'm pleased to say that it arrived unharmed.
The energy-saving bulb included doesn't require the warm up time that some energy-saving bulbs do. It also doesn't seem to get as hot as a regular bulb, which hopefully means that we can disregard some of the warnings about the heat (which could be helpful when enlarging temperature-sensitive photographs).
Since set-up only required screwing the bulb in, I of course tested it right away. It is really impressive. The lens focuses very easily, and across a 12' foot room that 5" picture easily grows to massive proportions (I would guess at least 7' tall by 10' wide). I printed in black and white a photograph that I had reduced to outlines of the subject (using a graphics program), and it came out looking stunning. I could have easily traced the image in paint on my wall.
I am certain that I'm going to have a lot of fun creating with this item.