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    Hi Kent

    Condenser Enlarger is much sharper, if you are doing a lot of skin tones the dichroic would be suitable.
    I use both daily and there is a noticable difference.

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    The documentation I have, though, says that the Omega VC can take up to 4x5, can the Beseler 23
    No the 23C will not handle 4x5". If you get a colour head enlarger (which I for one would recommend), make sure it has the voltage stabilizer power supply included as this would cost a lot of source elsewhere. Ditto all the negative carriers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max Power
    Nick,
    Thanks for clarifying that...I appreciate it.
    The documentation I have, though, says that the Omega VC can take up to 4x5, can the Beseler 23?

    Thanks,
    Kent

    Beseler includes the negative size in it's names. So the 23 is for 2"x3". The 45s are for 4x5. Omega uses letters. The Omega 4x5s are D types.


    Is the Omega a VC? A variable contrast enlarger usually isn't a condensor enlarger.

    http://www.khbphotografix.com/omega/...y/C760Diff.htm

    That's an Omega VC head for the B &C series enlargers. You'll see it's basically a colour head.

    http://www.khbphotografix.com/omega/

    Spend some time going over that site. Get the full name on the various enlargers and heads you're looking at.

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    As to sharpness: I just fitted a dichroic head onto my Beseler 23CII, replacing the condensor head. I've done side by side tests for sharpness, and I'm unable to see a difference. Where I do see a difference is in the tonality (nice smooth grays, less "chalk and soot"), and in the superior rendering of highlights with the diffusion head. YMMV.
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    Follow up!

    So today I went and took a look at the enlargers that this chap was selling and I decided to purchase the Beseler 23CII. It is truly a thing of beauty I got it for a very reasonable price and both parties are happy!

    I took a look at the Beseler 45 with the Dichroic head and the PM2 colour analyser and was amazed by the size of it...It was enormous! Very impressive, but way beyond anything that I'd ever need. There was also an Omega B-22 and an Omega D series with the variable condensor set. All very nice, but I took a real shine to the Beseler!

    That said, he is selling all of the others (he's keeping a 23CII with a dichroic head for himself) and if anyone is interested, just PM me and I will get you in touch with him.

    Cheers,
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