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New (Old) Beseler Enlarger

Over the weekend, my wife's Uncle Dave gave me his old Beseler enlarger. It has been about 20 years since I last made a print in the darkroom so I am looking forward to trying this again. Beseler Enlarger

So far I don't know much about the enlarger. The only distinguishing mark is "Universal Colorhead" written on the front. From what I can tell by searching the web, the model is actually a 23C Series II although I haven't been able to confirm that yet.

Beseler Enlarger

The enlarger came with a 50mm Nikon Nikkor lens which will work for 35mm negatives. The enlarger can also be used for 6x6 and 6x9 negatives but I will need a 75mm or 80mm lens to print from those negatives.

I did find a manual for a 23C II - XL on APUG and it looks like it will work with my enlarger.

Beseler Enlarger

Beseler Enlarger

Beseler Enlarger