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    ND filter on Beseler 23 II

    I STILL can't find the Beseler 8042 heat absorbing glass. Is it foolish to spend $60 on it brand new? If I destroy my filters it'll end up costing more in the long run? The thought of damaging negatives makes me wince. Exposures have been 20-25 seconds.. Haven't been printing at all because I'm...
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    ND filter on Beseler 23 II

    Printed last night using the screw on ND filter and it worked like a charm. Was able to get some 20+ second exposures at f8 with a 2.5 contrast filter. Dodging and burning is rather difficult, but I'm getting there..
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    ND filter on Beseler 23 II

    Oh, fantastic. Just gotta figure out the size of the 8042 and I'll get on that. Thanks
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    ND filter on Beseler 23 II

    Ohh okay, gotcha. So let's say.. anything under like, 20 seconds should be safe? Thanks everyone for all the help
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    ND filter on Beseler 23 II

    Damn. Well what if I just keep doing 5 second exposures for prints that require no d&b until I can find that little piece of glass for under $70?
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    ND filter on Beseler 23 II

    Oh sick. Well if I can somehow find one for dirt cheap I’ll do it but I’m not really down to keep dumping money into this. I already bought the filter and have had to replace literally every single thing. By the time I’m done I could have gotten a leica enlarger or something 😂
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    ND filter on Beseler 23 II

    Ohh will this work for the 23c II? edit: it’s too small. The #8042 that the user manual recommends is 6” x 6”
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    ND filter on Beseler 23 II

    I think the lowest you can get for a 23c II is 60w which wouldn’t really make a difference so I’d still need the filter. Screwing the filter on the lens and forgetting about it seems pretty chill
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    ND filter on Beseler 23 II

    150w? Jesus! Mine is a 75w and all I’m using is the Rodenstock Rodagon 50mm. I got the 40.5mm screw on Tiffen ND 2 stop filter and will hope for the best. Still looking for used heat absorbing glass though..
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    ND filter on Beseler 23 II

    Well I've been printing for about 6 months with this setup. I'm good as long as I don't have to dodge and burn but even with properly exposed negatives I'm at f16 and 5 seconds or so. I use the contrast filters that slide in and out of the tray, usually 2 or 2.5. I'm wondering if I should return...
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    ND filter on Beseler 23 II

    Crap, I just realized my enlarger doesn't have heat absorbing glass, I figured it would have come with it. How important are they? I can't find one on eBay and paying $70 for one from BH seems a bit obnoxious. The ND filter I got was $18 and it's pointless to return when factoring in...
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    ND filter on Beseler 23 II

    A quick question about the resistrol/variac: me enlarger is plugged into my GraLab 450.. wouldn’t it no longer be possible to sync the GraLab with the enlarger when using either the resistrol or variac?
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    ND filter on Beseler 23 II

    I considered that but I read that it makes the light more “yellow” resulting in the print looking totally different overall/reducing contrast. I feel like this ND filter should be fine?? I hope so as it’s about to be delivered and I have 3 prints that require quite a bit of dodging and burning...
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    ND filter on Beseler 23 II

    Rad. Yeah I spent quite a lot of time researching this topic and like always, found nothing but conflicting information.. I’ll let you know if it does a good job increasing my exposure times..
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    ND filter on Beseler 23 II

    Ah crap. I already ordered a Tiffen 2-stop ND filter from BH that will screw onto my enlarger lens. I figure I can still use a contrast filter in the slider tray going this route?? If not I’ll have to return and get a gel.
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    ND filter on Beseler 23 II

    So a while back I picked up a "free" darkroom on Craigslist. The guy failed to mention in the ad that the lens was scratched to hell, the timer was broken, all the tongs were busted, the trays cracked, and the easel flimsy and a plastic. It was just a trick to have someone clean out his garage...
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    Photographing darkroom prints

    I've been shooting film, processing, and scanning for about 7 years and even though I consider myself pretty well versed in Vuescan and Lightroom, nothing and I mean nothing ever looks nearly as good as my darkroom prints. Maybe it's all subjective but to me... Anyway, I looked up some of those...
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    Photographing darkroom prints

    Thanks! So something like this? https://www.amazon.com/SYLVANIA-Equivalent-Daylight-Energy-Efficient/dp/B06XYCQTZ5/ref=sr_1_24?dchild=1&keywords=5000%2Bkelvin%2BLED%2Bbulbs&qid=1618454469&sr=8-24&th=1
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    Photographing darkroom prints

    Hi, I've been making darkroom prints and man, they just look light years better than any scan IMO. I want to take pictures of the darkroom prints to share online instead of scans. The light in my apartment is pretty lousy even though I'm using 75w Tungsten bulbs. No matter what, there will be...
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    Bulb for Beseler 23c ii

    Talked to a guy who runs a darkroom in town and he says for their Beselers they use the PH11A bulbs and has never heard of the PH140. Weird.
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