Beseler 23CIII-XL Condenser Enlarger

Beseler 23CIII-XL Condenser Enlarger with Baseboard

Beseler 23CIII-XL Condenser Enlarger with Baseboard

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The American made Beseler 23CIII-XL Enlarger is one of the world's most popular medium format enlargers. Well over half a million have been purchased since it first became available in 1955. Many have been in near continuous use by schools, government agencies and businesses, and countless others have been handed down from father to son, to granddaughter, like the well-loved family possession that it has become.

The high performance Condenser Lightsource utilizes Beseler's patented "Cone-of Light" variable condenser system to adjust the position of the over-sized 5-1/2" optical glass condensers to maximize the illumination for every format 35mm through 6x9cm, yielding exceptionally short exposure times, a cooler film stage and less negative buckling than with conventional condenser heads

The 23Clll-XL features interchangeable lightsources. The Condenser lamphouse supplied with this model is interchangeable with the Dichro Colorhead (No.8132-02) and with the Variable Contrast Lightsource (No.8134-02)

The extraordinarily rigid, extra-long twin-girder construction of the 23Clll-XL helps to reduce transient vibrations, which can detract from image sharpness.

NOTE: Does not include lens, lensboard and negative carrier

Quality die-cast construction
Extra long girder for bigger enlargements on the oversized baseboard
Robust, quadra-braced twin-column construction for twice the support
Lens stage tilts for special effects and distortion correction
Projection assembly tilts up to 90°
Positive rack-and-pinion elevation system with lock with convenient left or right focusing controls.
Accepts sturdy, spring-loaded, aluminum alloy negative carriers that can be revolved for precise image positioning, as well as accepting the Beseler Rapid-shift 35mm and 120 Nega-trans film carriers
Snap-in, quick change metal lens boards, with a swing-out below-the-lens accessory holder
In the Box
Beseler 23CIII-XL Condenser Enlarger with Baseboard
  • 23CIII-XL twin-girder chassis
  • Condenser Lamphouse
  • projection assembly
  • laminated white baseboard
  • Lamp (PH-140)
  • Below The Lens Accessory Holder with Red Safety Filter
  • 1 Year Warranty

    NOTE: Does not include lens, lensboard and negative carrier

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    Beseler 23CIII-XL specs

    Maximum Film Size 6 x 9cm (2-1/4 x 3-1/4")
    Light Source Condenser lamphouse
    Maximum Height 57" (1448mm)
    Modular Head System Accepts other 23CIII heads
    (23CII heads are not compatible with the 23CIII system)
    Condenser Lamphouse, 120 Volt (No.8130)
    Condenser Lamphouse, 230 Volt (No.8131)
    Dichro Lamphouse, 120 Volt (No.8132)
    Dichro Lamphouse, 230 Volt (No.8133)
    Variable Contrast Lamphouse, 120V (No.8134)
    Baseboard Size H=1-1/4" (32mm)
    W=16" (406mm)
    D=25-1/2" (648mm)
    Maximum Print Size On Baseboard Larger than 16 x 20" (+ 17-1/2 x 22")
    Filter Drawer Included (accepts 5-1/2 x 5-1/2" variable contrast, or color printing filters)
    Replacement Lamp Screw mount PH-140 (75w/120v)
    Older models require bayonet mount PH-111A bulb
    Reversible Column No
    Wall Projection Yes, no accessories required
    Tilts Yes (left/right shift)
    Voltage 120v (220v available with use of PH1400 bulb)
    Voltage Stabilized No
    Weight 60 lbs (27Kg)
    Specialties All 23C3-XL enlargers are factory aligned using the most up-to-date laser technologies
    Accessories Dust Cover (No.8047), Alignment Tool (No.8139), Replacement Focusing Knob with screw (No.8039), Heat Absorbing Glass (No.8042), Red Safety Filter (No.8040)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 50.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 46.0 x 17.0 x 15.0"

    Beseler 23CIII-XL reviews

    23CIII-XL Condenser Enlarger is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The standard for enlargers The overarching feature of the Beseler 23C series has always been that it is built like Mount Rushmore. It is so solid with its twin steel frame that you can simply disregard any possibility of vibration blurring your prints. Every other feature of the enlarger features a similar standard of uncompromising quality. Years ago, when I was given a generous budget to build a darkroom from scratch, I spent about 85% of it on a Beseler 23C and the rest on my other supplies. Best decision I ever made. I started with a cheaper enlarger when I was younger. The difference a good enlarger makes to your life in the darkroom is dramatic.
    Date published: 2010-06-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Always reliable We use these enlargers in our beginning and advanced black and white student photo labs. This is a workhorse of an enlarger. We are replacing our old ones (over 30 years old) with new ones because we expect them to last another 30 years or more. The old ones have stood up to constant student use (and abuse) and still function well. We will be using them for spare parts when these new ones start to need maintenance, 10 to 20 years from now. The fact that the design is almost identical and that all previous peripherals (negative carriers, lens boards, etc) work perfectly with the new machines makes the transition (and cost) that much easier to deal with. This is a great machine with virtually no faults.
    Date published: 2014-05-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still the Best My first enlarger was a 23CII with a ZoneVI Cold Light Head. Best darn tool I ever had; made a zillion images and it never ever gave me any trouble. Still don't care for condenser heads for BW prints, but this is the best machine for the work BAR NONE.
    Date published: 2010-12-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Enlarger This Beseler Enlarger is one of the best you can find. I have found mine to be extremely durable and always working right when I need it. I HIGHLY reccomend the 23C!
    Date published: 2009-08-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Investement The Beseler 23C is worth the money all the way. it is built extremely well and is definatly THE BEST enlarger that I have ever used. It is worth every penny. It is quite dependable and I am very pleased Beseler still makes it!
    Date published: 2010-08-06
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