this weekend I picked up a Beseler 23C and a 67C with 2 50mm Beslar and 1 75mm Beslar lenses (for $40).
I think I will be trying to find a new home for the 67C very soon. It doesn't have a base-board and has some rust. I cleaned one of the condenser lenses, so I think it will be OK when cleaned. Any bay-area APUG-er interested in a free 67C?
That said, any hints on the 23C? I plan to use it for 35mm and 6x9 B&W. It didn't come with a negative carrier, so I ordered a universal/glass carrier since that is what I used in the olden days (doubling my investment!). Reading up on these, I see a lot of complaints about dust and newton rings. Did I make a mistake with that?
I cleaned the safe-light filter in the 23C, and it was dirty enough that I figure I should go into the condenser and check those lenses as well. The focus seems rather tight. Is this normal? Anything else I should check out?