Where are you located? I have a 23C II for sale with 35mm carrier and 50mm lens, condensor head set-up. It's cheap, PM me if you are near north central Pa.USA.
BTW, what size 120 negative, 6x4.5, 6x6, 6x7, 6x9 ????
I am interested. Tried sending a PM. Not sure if it went through. Some 6x4.5 but mostly 6x6 in medium format. I'm in Eastern PA.
Originally Posted by Rick A
How much are you asking?
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The 23C is a great machine, a joy to use.
It is a very sturdy enlarger. Mine has the standard condenser head and it works well for color and B&W.
Originally Posted by fotch
Is the 23c still produced/spare parts available?
I would check out the marked a little to see which brand is most plentiful in your area, because trying to find parts can be really hard if it is some kind of rarity, or worse, discontinued.
I have a Durst m670 bw and I have everything I need for 35 -> 6*7 now, but I would not really recommend it, because getting all the bits to it, was a pretty hard job.
Really nice enlarger though, a joy to use.
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Beseler 23C parts are super easy to acquire, the new machines use the same parts as the old ones. The first and second generation machines can be renewed with a basic kit from the factory, it doesn't cost much and replaces the parts that get worn from use.
Nothing wrong at all with the Beseler 23C series of equipment. I've used them in school photo labs.
I've had for 20+ years a Omega Chromega-B enlarger (dichroic for upto 6x6cm format). Aside from a couple of bulbs, it has been extremely reliable and simple to use. I've seen them go for next to nothing. It does use a voltage stabilizer power supply which I've seen sometimes not included and sometimes go unsold for low prices on their own.
A used quality enlarger lens is also something to shop for. I use an 80mm schneider componon-s for 35mm and 6x6. El-nikkor and Rodenstock are excellent too. If the lens has a different thread/diameter than the previous lens, you may be shopping for a board/plate to attach it with too. Whatever you get, stock a spare bulb too. They are available on Ebay at prices where it makes sense to have a couple. No fun being without a bulb for a couple weeks when you're trying to get some work done.
You say that you'll be printing 120...
Any chance that you'll move into landscape formats?
6x12..? 6x15..? These are all 120 format.
If so, you'll kick yourself for not thinking ahead...
Used 4x5's are out there a'plenty, they open the door to greater adventures.
They don't take up much more space and are a hekkuva lot more versatile.
You can even do things like this...
Hadn't thought of that. I have a Kodak 3a I was going to convert to 120. Guess I would need something large enough to print something from that.
Originally Posted by Reinhold
The 23C's will handle up to 2.25x3.25(6x9) negatives