Well, I picked up a freebie. Beseler 23c. Previous owner said it was never used. It does look in new condition despite its age. I'll post a picture later tonight. It came with the original 50mm Beseler lens and a EL Nikkor 50mm. The gentleman also added a Cannon FTb with a Canon 50mm f1.8. The only issue I saw with the enlarger is the bellows needs to be reglued where it attaches near the head. No tears, no holes, just looks like the adhesive let loose. It has what looks like a 35mm slide carrier. I'll do some research on it. Now I need to find the rest of the darkroom stuff.
Last edited by micwag2; 03-19-2012 at 06:40 PM. Click to view previous post history.
Congrats on the new toy(s). That monster will do all you want and then some. You can reglue the bellows with Pliobond, factory recommends it, I've done it and if you prep correctly it lasts for 20+ years.The El-Nikor lense is super for 35mm, you are going to need a 75mm or 80mm lens for 6x6 negatives, and of course the correct negative carrier. Good luck and have fun printing.
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2
Since you're in the USA a Beseler 23c or Beseler 67 is common and inexpensive. If enlarging to 6x7 recommend a LPL with dichro head for B&W & color. If your enlarging need is up to 6x9, the B-23 is the way to go.
Rethink processing color if your just getting into DR work. I love B&W which is cheaper/easier to process. Moving to color you add the expense of color drums (JOBO) and nasty chems.