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Beseler 23CIII-XL Photographic Black & White VC Variable Contrast Enlarger 120 Volt.

SKU: BE23CXLV MFR: 801902

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About Beseler 23CIII-XL

• With well over half a million Beseler 23C's having been purchased since it first became available in 1955, the American made 23C is unquestionably the world's favorite medium format enlarger. Many have been in near continuous use by schools, government agencies and businesses. Countless others have been handed down from father to son, to granddaughter, like the well-loved family possession that it has become.
• Very few products have proven to be as reliable as has the venerable Beseler 23C. It has become an indispensable tool to those who enjoy the creative aspects of photography, are in pursuit of the pleasure and the satisfaction of knowing that they truly "created" the image and who want to be in complete control of every facet of the process.
• The Variable Contrast Lightsource that is supplied with this enlarger features simple, one knob adjustment for continuously variable contrast of -0 to +5. This versatile Lightsource also permits the user to store and to retrieve the contrast characteristics of up to three different brands or types of V-C paper in individually selectable channels. The Lightsource is interchangeable with the Dichro 23 Colorhead (8132-02) and with Condenser lamphouse (8130).
• The extraordinarily rigid, extra-long twin-girder construction of the 23Clll-XL helps to reduce transient vibrations, which can detract from image sharpness. The lens stage can be tilted to create special effects or for distortion correction and the projection assembly can be tilted up to 90°. To assure optimum performance, skilled technicians at the factory carefully align every 23C, using the most up-to-date laser technology. If it can be done with an enlarger, the 23C can probably do it with ease.

Beseler 23CIII-XL Features

  • Choice of three Enlargers with completely interchangeable lamphouses.
  • Positive lens and negative stage controls for easy and precise alignment.
  • Rugged twin column construction for twice the support.
  • Extra long girder for bigger enlargements on the baseboard.
  • Oversized XL? laminated baseboard.
  • Projection Assembly tilts for wall projection.
  • Lamphouses contain built in power supply.
  • Quality die-cast construction.
  • Factory laser aligned for optimum sharpness.
  • Positive rack-and-pinion elevation control with lock.
  • Convenient left or right focusing controls.
  • Swing-out filter holder accepts special effect or variable contrast filters.
  • Accepts sturdy, spring-loaded, aluminum alloy negative carriers.
  • Negative carriers can be rotated for precise image positioning.
  • Snap-in, quick change metal lens boards let you change lenses quickly and easily.
  • Accepts Beseler 35mm and 120 Negatrans

Beseler 23CIII-XL Specifications

Max. Film Format
6 x 9 (2-1/4" x 3-1/4")
Head Style
Variable Contrast Head
Maximum Height
57" (1448mm) Condenser Head, 54" (1372mm) Dichro and VC Heads
Modular Head System
8130 23CIII Condenser Lamphouse only, 120V
8131 23CIII Condenser Lamphouse only, 230V
8132 23CIII Dichro Lamphouse only, 120V
8133 23CIII Dichro Lamphouse only, 230V
Baseboard Size
H 1-1/4" (32mm) x W 16" (406mm) x D 25-1/2" (648mm)
Maximum print size on baseboard
Larger than 16" x 20"
Replacement Lamp
6728 80w 82v for dichro lamphouse (#8132), VC lamphouse (#8134) and 23CII Dichro
Reversible Column
Wall Projection
Tilt/Shift Lens Stage
Yes (left / right shift)
120 Volt, 230 Volt Available
Shipping: H 46" (1168mm) x W 18-1/2" (470mm) x D 12" (305mm)
60 lbs. (27Kg.)
Special Features
Laser Aligned for Optimum Sharpness
Mfr #

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Shopper  I am looking for an enlarger to print professional fine arts images. I usually print 35 mm and 645 mm, up to 16 x 20 on the baseboard. Would this one be ok?
Andrew R  This unit should be suitable. The 23CIII-XL works with 35mm and 120 film and is capable of prints at least as large as 16"x20" on the baseboard. Appropriate lenses, negative carriers and an easel are not included and would need to be purchased separately.
Shopper  If I want to print up to 16 x 20 what enlarger I need to use? Thanks Alex
Andrew R  This particular model is capable of 16x20 on the baseboard and larger when configured for wall projection. Unfortunately without knowing the size negatives you'll be using (and the focal length of the enlarging lens) its difficult to provide more accurate guidance.

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