Announcing a new addition to my family!

Discussion in 'Darkroom Equipment' started by BWGirl, Jul 12, 2006.

  1. BWGirl

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    Last night I became the proud "mom" of a Beseler 23 II, just like the one I already have! :D It's kinda like having twins...several years apart.

    I have been 'in talks' with a local pro photog who's a member of the same camera club, and last night he brought it to the meeting and sold it to me for $50. This is just fabulous! now I won't have to keep stopping & changing the darned lens when I want to enlarge 35mm. :D

    I am a happy camper today! :D :D
     
  2. Kino

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    Congrats! I'd take a cigar, but I don't smoke anymore...:wink:
     
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    Congratulation! I am glad that you have the room for your large family. I had to put my 23C up for adoption when I got my 45M.
     
  4. Claire Senft

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    You actually enlarge your 35mm? Gosh, I am so in love with those wonderful small prints that I never even considered doing that.
     
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    Congrats!! I first learned enlarging on a Beseler 23 and figured that would be the one I'd eventually buy. Fond memories! :smile:
     
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    Congrats Jeanette :smile:


    Regards,
    Bill
     
  7. Valerie

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    Way to go, BWGirl!! I also acquired one recently, and am totally in love with it!
     
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    I'm sure you'll love it every bit as much as the first one. I've had two of them (not simultaneously) and still have my 23C with dichro head alongside my Beseler 45M*** (not sure which variety).
     
  9. haris

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    Lucky you, BWgirl. I do have two enlargers, but in my small apartement there is place only for one to be ready to work. So, despite having two of them I still have to change lenses, negative carriers, condensers, mixing chambers... :sad:
     
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    I needed to hear this today... my day at work hasn't been the best.

    In a recent discussion about using an enlarger to print 35mm negs using alternative processes, I mentioned my series of contact printed 35mm cyanotypes and 6x6/6x7 Polaroid Transfers. Nobody responded to my suggestion that this is as valid a solution as every one else's suggestions for paper negs and other techniques to easily generate larger negs for contact printing... implying that I am crazy.

    I like teenie-weenie prints, and I'm proud to say that. Thank you Claire for restoring my confidence and self-concept. I may be a bit odd, but I'm NOT crazy! Now if you could help restore my hair... Oh, my receeding hairline ;-)

    p.s. Congrats BWGirl Jeanette!
     
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    That's so awesome BWGirl!

    Those postcards will be flying off your enlarger! Good for you.
     
  12. BWGirl

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    Well, I got "blue II" set up next to "blue I" before I had to race off to the dentist. (ick :sad: ). Got everything aligned & put in the 75mm lens. I may try it with the 35mm lens, too... just to see which one it prefers.

    Can't wait to print with it! I'm so excited! :D

    Thanks for all the good wishes! :D (Claire... you crack me up!)
     
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    Congratulations, I have twins too only one is a condenser and the other I put in a cold light. Unfortunately the condenser is very neglected since I rarely if ever use it.
     
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    I would urge you to acquire the dichro head for this enlarger. When I purchased mine years ago I was amazed at how much easier it made printing B&W. Using the diffuse light source and having the flexibility to make fine adjustments to filtration was a major plus.

    Be sure to take the time to align the enlarger. The first thing I did was to remove the baseboard and mound it to my dry side counter top. I also used turn buckles to stabalize the top of the enlarger. With a good lens this enlarger is capable of producing very fine prints.
     
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    Congrats! I have used one for years and I love it. I use it for 35mm, and my beseler 45 blueboy for everything else. Both great enlargers.
     
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    I hear 35mm contact prints on AZO are the new rage. Enlarger, don't need no enlarger! Remember to have B-day parties for the twins.
     
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    Time to update the family portraits!!!

    :wink:
     
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    Yeah, my next door neighbor came over last night & took some pics with his digi-whatzit for me, so I don't have to wait for development. haha (I'm not that patient) haha. :D

    I got everything all aligned & squared up. THEN, to add to the joy in this little family, I received my RH Design Paper Flasher yesterday! WOOOOO-HOOOO!!! :D :D
     
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