bessler 8x10 head

Discussion in 'Enlarging' started by Terry Hayden, Sep 8, 2004.

  1. Terry Hayden

    Terry Hayden Member

    Aug 19, 2004
    4x5 Format
    Greetings all,

    Have any of you had any experience with the 8x10 adapter made to
    convert a bessler 45 to 8x10 enlarger?

    How stable is the setup? is there an issue with vibration/motion with the
    balance of the extra weight?

    Thanks in advance,
  2. NER

    NER Member

    Jan 7, 2004
    Davis, Calif
    I've read about light fall off problems with these when the factory-supplied lens (Nikor, I believe) is used. As I recall, the problem was said to be mitigated by other lenses, Rodagons in particular, at least for smaller enlargements, and if I remember correctly, some people engaged in that discussion claimed that the problem did not go away at greater enlargements, even with Rodagons. I think I came across this at about 9 or 10 months ago. I don't recall every reading or hearing about stability problems such as those mentioned in your note. For what it's worth, you can buy an 8x10 enlarger in the US for less than the price of the 810 conversion kit.