I have a Beseler 45MX II that I am unfamiliar with. I have been the proud owner of two Omega D-2’s for quite some time and I am familiar with printing in general. I gave one of my D-2’s to my father as he had no 4x5 capabilities and the Beseler is too big for his tiny darkroom and he’ll never use all the features of the 45MX II. I found the Beseler in the trash and it is in excellent shape but has no lens boards and only one neg carrier for 35mm slides. I am a machinist so I can make lensboards and carriers.
My question (finally) is this: For 4x5 do I need any special lensboard like the Omega or will flat suffice? What are my lens length limitations using the “stock” configuration? i.e. the standard base board etc…. Can I use my 165 or am I limited to 135 because of the condenser?
I am using the standard incandescent bulb, condenser head.
I would love to hear thoughts from other users about this piece of equipment.
Sorry this is so long winded.