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Beseler 45V-XL Enlarger with Motorized Chassis

BH #BE45VXLM • MFR #8546
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Beseler 45V-XL Overview

The Beseler 45V-XL motorized chassis is identical to the Beseler #8545-02 enlarger chassis except that the #8546 model comes with factory installed, remotely controlled focusing and elevation/image size adjustment, while the #8545-02 enlarger chassis has manually operated focusing and elevation/image size adjustments.

Beseler has been making 4x5" enlargers in the United States for well over half a century and the fully motorized 45V-XL is the finest, sturdiest, most automated and easiest to use enlarger that Beseler has ever made. It is a solid, reliable, and functionally superb productivity tool. All operating controls are right where they should be, resulting in greater productivity and in

Its simple, well thought out design, meticulous fabrication from the best materials, precision assembly, and attention paid to small details such as final step laser alignment by a skilled technician, assures that it will always be a pleasure to work with a Beseler 45V-XL enlarger.

The massive true vertical column, along with a perfectly aligned projection assembly, film stage and lens stage, results in an image in which the center and all four corners are in simultaneous sharp focus and in which the center of the projected image does not move, irrespective of the image magnification. The center remains stationary, even while increasing/decreasing the size of the projected image, so it is never necessary to move the easel in order to recenter the image from wallet size through larger than 24 x36" on the baseboard.

In terms of illumination, the 45V-XL accommodates the 45M Condenser Lightsource (8121), the Dichro 45S Colorhead (8278), and the 810 Coldlight Conversion Kit (8350). It can even be purchased with pre-installed or retrofitted with baseboard controlled, motorized Power Elevation and Power Focus modules.

The high performance 45M Condenser Lightsource for the 45V 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 format 35mm through 4 x 5", yielding exceptionally short exposure times, a cooler film stage and less negative buckling than with conventional condenser heads

Does not include light source, lens, lensboard or negative carrier
Conforms to Title III, Section 302 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, in that focus and elevation/image size can be adjusted remotely while seated
The "V" in the product name is an acronym for Vertical, but it could also be indicative of its Versatility. It accepts three Beseler light sources, more than a dozen glass and glassless negative carriers, a host of lensboards, lens mounts, a three lens turret and a plethora of assorted accessories, plus accommodating a variety of third party condenser heads, colorheads, coldlights, V-C lightsources, film carriers, lens plates, etc. The 45V is Versatile.
Extra-long, twin E-channel, centerbraced vertical column
Manual "UP/Down" control or via flexible shafts supplied with enlarger. Motorized chassis available(No.8546), will come with factory installed Power elevation module(No.8567)
Power Focus Module(No.8569)
45V System Controller(No.8568)
Still requires either Baseboard(No.8561) or Wall/Table Mount(No.8562).
Can be either single or turret mounted. Turret system may require use of turret lens adapter
See below under "Specifications"
UPC: 094653085644

Beseler 45V-XL Specs

Maximum Film Size
4 x 5" with Condenser Lightsource (No.8121) or with 45S Colorhead (No.8278)
8 x 10" with Coldlight Conversion Kit (No.8350)
Light Source
45M Condenser Lightsource, 120V (No.8121) 45M Condenser Lightsource, 230V (No.8123) Dichro 45S Colorhead, 120V (No.8278)
Dichro 45S Colorhead, 230V (No.8279)
8 x 10" Coldlight Conversion Kit, 120V (No.8350)
All of which can be installed either directly or via appropriate adapters.
Maximum Height
With Beseler Condenser Lamphouse (No.8121) 64" (1625mm)

With Beseler 45S Colorhead in diffusion configuration (No.8278) 61" (1549mm)
With Beseler 45S Colorhead in Condenser configuration (No.8278) 66" (1676mm)
With Beseler 8 x 10" Coldlight Head (No.8350) 61-1/2" (1562mm)
With Omega DV Condenser Lamphouse 64" (1626mm)
With Super Chromega ll Colorhead 58" (1473mm)
With Ilfospeed Multigrade 500 Head 61-1/2" (1562mm)
With Aristo Cold Light Heads 57" (1449mm)

Modular Head System
Yes (See "Light Source" above)
Baseboard Size
Laminated, H=1-1/2" x W=23-3/4" x L=30" (38mm x 603mm x 762mm)
Maximum Print Size On Baseboard
Larger than 24 x 36" (610 x 914mm)
Filter Drawer
Only in Condenser Lamphead, for 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)
120V or 230V depending upon Lightsource
Voltage Stabilized
45S Head: Yes
Condenser Head: No
810 Coldlight(No. 8235): Yes
Chassis with Baseboard: 118 lbs (53.64 Kg)
45M Condenser Lightsource: 16 lbs (7.24 Kg)
Wall/Table Mount Kit to attach 45V chassis to wall for extra large printing, or over a table for applications where a baseboard is not required. Also includes upper column support bracket to secure to wall for maximum system rigidity. Requires user installation.
Lens Mounting System
Single, 39mm (Leica thread)lens mounts require lensboard (No.8021)(requires jam nut) or (No.8086)(contains mounting flange).
For three-lens turret system (No.8225),
most enlarging lenses are equipped with a 39mm (Leica) mounting thread which will screw directly in to the three openings on the turret lensplate.
If your lens does not have a 39mm thread or if the distance from the mounting face to the rear of the lens is greater than 13mm, or the other diameter of the lens is greater than 54mm, then a lens mount or spacer is required(No.8370),
39 x 6.5mm(No.8371),
39 x 11.5mm (No.8373),
50 x 21mm.
An expanded list of specific lens mounts is available for both systems.
Wall/Table Mount(No.8562)
Three-lens Turret(No.8225)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
121.6 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
0.01 x 0.01 x 0.01"

Beseler 45V-XL Reviews

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Can you print from 6x17 negative? Can you print images larger than whats noted in specs?
Asked by: Anonymous
The maximum film size for this enlarger is 4 x 5 with Condenser Lightsource (No.8121) or with 45S Colorhead (No.8278), or 8 x 10 with Coldlight Conversion Kit (No.8350). It will not be compatible with other film formats.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Are the Focusing Stageand Lens Stage included? the picture shows them but is not written in in the box list.
Asked by: Eduardo Alfredo
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