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Beseler 45MXT Enlarger (Chassis Only)

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Beseler 45MXT Enlarger (Chassis Only)

B&H # BE45MXT Mfr # 8227
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This item is usually Drop Shipped from the MFR/Distributor within 7-14 business days (subject to availability). Your order will be charged at the time of placing the order with the MFR.
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You Pay: $1,816.50

The Beseler 45MXT is the latest in a series of 45M enlargers that Beseler has been manufacturing and continuously improving for more than half a century. The triangular truss reinforced, twin-girder frame provides a rock-steady foundation for this classic enlarging system, enabling it to produce tack-sharp prints from 35mm film larger than 16 x 20" on the baseboard (+ 17-1/2 x 22"), up to 25-1/2 x 38-1/2" on an Adjus-Table and even larger images via wall projection. A neoprene light seal in the upper negative stage virtually eliminate stray light leakage in the darkroom.

From the onset, the 45MXT has always been a modular system, so virtually every component and accessory that fits the current enlarger will also fit every 45M enlarger manufactured since 1953. Thus the long term retained value of every Beseler 45M enlarger is enhanced by its non-obsolescence design.

NOTE: Does not include baseboard, light source, lens, lensboard & negative carrier

Rugged twin girder frame with triangular truss reinforcement.
The 45MXT chassis can be configured in a variety of different modes. It accommodates the Condenser Light Source (No.8121/120v & 8123/230v), the 45S Dual-Dichro Colorhead (No.8278/120v & 8279/230v) and the 8 x 10" Coldlight Conversion Kit (No.8350
The high performance 45M Condenser Lightsource utilizes Beseler's patented "Cone-of Light" variable condenser system to adjust the position of the over-sized 6-1/2" optical glass condensers to maximize the illumination for every film format 35mm through 4 x 5", yielding exceptionally short exposure times, a cooler film stage and less negative buckling than with conventional condenser heads
Motorized "Up/Down" switch with Micro Adjustment control on chassis.
Perspective adjustment: Projection assembly swivels front-rear
Lens stage tilts left-right
Accepts 3 lens all metal turret or individual snap-in metal lensboards
Maximum Film Size Up to 4 x 5"
Up to 8 x 10" with 810 Coldlight kit (No.8350)
Light Source 1) Condenser Lightsource (No.8121/120v)(No.8123/230v)
2) Dichro 45S Colorhead (No.8278/120v)(No.8279/230v)
3) 8x10" Coldlight Conversion Kit (No.8350)
Maximum Height With Condenser Lightsource: (No.8121 or 8123) 571/2" (146cm)
With Dichro 45S Colorhead: (No.8278 or 8279) 54-1/4" (138 Cm)
With 8x10" Coldlight Head (No.8350) 58" (147mm)
Baseboard Size Laminated 20-3/8 x 25-1/2"
Maximum Print Size On Baseboard >16 x 20" (+ 17-1/2 x 22")
Filter Drawer Only in Condenser Head (accepts 6 x 6" variable contrast or color printing filters)
Replacement Lamp For condenser head: PH 212 (150w)
For Dichro 45S: EVW bulb (250w/82v)
For 8x10 Coldlight: 2 Inner Coated lamps (No.10-52720) and 2 Outer Coated lamps (No.625-30-40)
Reversible Column No
Wall Projection Yes, with accessory Wall Projection Bracket (No.8128)
Tilts Yes
Voltage 120V (No.8227) 230V (No.8221)
Voltage Stabilized 45S Head: Yes
Condenser Head: No
810 Coldlight(No. 8235): Yes
Weight Chassis: 56 lbs. (25.4 Kg.)
Baseboard: 21 lbs. (9.5 Kg.)
Specialties Sturdy heavy gauge steel enlarging table for the 45M series. Drop-top design permits the standard MXT baseboard (No.8232) to be lowered into a series of slots within the frame of the Adjus-Table. The lower the baseboard, the greater the magnification, up to 30x with 50mm lens and up to 11x with 150mm lens. Maximum full frame print size is 24 x36".

In addition, Wall Mount Kit (No.8239), attaches 45MXT chassis to wall for extra rigidity with the baseboard, for extra large printing, or over table for applications where a baseboard isn't required.

Also includes upper chassis support bracket to secure to wall for maximum system rigidity. Requires user installation.

Modular Head System See "Light Sources" above
Lens Mounting System Individual Lensboards:
Lenses with 39mm rear thread size:
Most 50mm lenses can be mounted on (No.8021) lensboards.
Most 75-80-90-105mm lenses can be mounted on (No.8023) lensboards.
Most 135-150mm lenses can be mounted on (No.8029) lensboards.
Most 150mm lenses with 50mm rear thread size can be mounted on (No.8037) lensboards.

Other lensboards are available to accomodate virtually every lens.
3-Lens Turret (No.8225):
Most 35-150mm lenses with 39mm rear thread size screw directly into the Turret without an adapter. Lens adapters are available for other lenses.

NOTE: If in doubt about mounting a specific lens onto the Turret, please call store to learn which lens adapter is required, if any.

Accessories Wall/Table Mount (No.8239), Adjust-Table (No.8540), Wall Projection Bracket (No.8128), Lens Stage Conversion Kit(No.8226) (for older 45 series enlargers prior to MXT to accept 3 lens turret. Offers improved alignment and adjustable below the lens filter holder. Takes 4 x 4" lensboards), Bilateral Alignment Tool (No.8139).
Beseler 45MXT Enlarger (Chassis Only)
  • Motorized Chassis Elevation with Manual Micro-Adjustment
  • Left/Right Hand Focusing
  • Below-the-lens Accessory Holder.

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    Beseler45MXT Enlarger (Chassis Only)

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    45MXT Enlarger

    By Ron

    from Dallas, TX

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    • Consistent Reactions
    • Easily Cleaned
    • Stable


    • Bulky
    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Enlarging
    • Printing

    Comments about Beseler 45MXT Enlarger (Chassis Only):

    Big, solid and dependable. Bought it new in 1988, had cold light head, color head for it. Used from 1988-2001. Put it in storage until recently and still works like the day I bought it. Because of the size I gave it away to someone who is just getting into 4x5 film. Very few people are looking for the chassis now, very expensive to ship. Full frame digital has pulled me away from film otherwise I would have found a way to use the enlarger.

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