The American made Beseler 23CIII-XL Enlarger is one of the world’s most popular medium format enlargers. Well over half a million have been purchased since. Hey everyone! I was wondering what your thoughts on this enlarger are? I am looking to purchase it, it comes with EL-Nikkor 75mm lens f4 – f I have an offer from someone who is selling a Beseler 23C II that is in VGC. It includes a Beseler 50 mm EL (I plan on getting a nikkor, Rodagon, etc at a later .

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The condenser is above the negative, just below the lamp. But there are advantages to using a longer focal length lens: Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

Maybe a greasing issue A 60mm or 75mm lens would also work for 35mm film, you will just have to raise the head a bit higher. Again, based on your description it appears that you are sizing, but not focusing. Older “first” series 23C Beseler photo enlarger with Wetzlar 1: Thank you in advance!


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Of the latter, you are good through medium format and every odd thing below that. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Look at the manual and it will explain the lense focus adjustment.

Jan 31, Messages: This might be part of your problem. AtlantaTerry Posted 6 years ago. Best darn tool I ever had; made a zillion images and it never ever gave me any trouble. Place your order by 5pm and your order will ship the same beselet. Have fun, and enjoy the process of wet darkroom art!

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It’s a great enlarger, just heed Ann’s advice up there and check it over carefully. Ebay is a good source for these parts. These pieces appear to have been gently used.

It’s been mounted in my darkroom for a year and I’ve tinkered with it here and there but have yet to produce or try to make a print. Everything spins freely wit ease like it was just lubed the unit works and has been in the dry basement forever.

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There are older lenses and brands such as Wollensak which are common and perfectly serviceable as well–but to avoid mechanical issues and other consideration think about sticking with the three brands mentioned.

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Florida Can others edit my Photos: You’ll see an adjustment knob for that above the negative stage. Would you like to tell us il a lower price?

Beseler 23C II Enlarger Thoughts?

It is a very nice enlarger, however, if you think you would ever want to get into 4×5 work, it won’t enlarge that size negative, However, it will do medium format and 35mm. Any tips on how to get this ticking would be great! This is below the enlarger.