- Nov 26, 2007
- Iowa City, Iowa USA
- Medium Format
Thanks for doing some digging! The old Dichro 45S has a 250 watt EVW bulb that required a fan. I'm sure the new LED heads will be very nice. I saw an old Dichro 45S head for parts that's over $1000.I called Beseler today. They expect the product to be available very soon. Sounds like a very elegant straight forward design. Three dials CMY, white light for black and white. If you want VC you dial in appropriate yellow and/or magenta. It does have dichro filters and a standard all in one 4x5 mixing chamber. Just like all the other heads you remove the entire condenser assy. and lock on this head. I didn't inquire about price. Stabilized power supply external. The illuminated dials dim when you turn out the room lights. Sounds like a great tool for educational purposes.
Jobo is making processors, Beseler is making new colorheads, Great! !
Only the 45A is small others color 4x5 heads are the same size. It's the same size as the old 45S and the computerized 45 with digital display.apparently it is gigantic! Doesn't need to be though. Witness the Minolta Beseler 45A head (which I love, I know, I sound like a fanboy but it really is an excellent piece of gear), which is only about 3-4" high, and probably well under 10lbs, likely has a better analyzer and way more functionality, is additive (better than subtractive filtration) and is < $200 on ebay (was about $2600 new in the 2000s).
And for ring around prints none better . I have 4 or 5 Beseler Universal with color and VC controllers. I tell myself I should try my 45A ,but if I love it what would I do with everything elseThe Beseler/Minolta 45A *IS* the greatest thing ever! ;-) I have at least 5 or 6 of them (gotta have spares) and some spare tubes. Once used to it, all other color heads seem weak and under-featured in comparison.
Beseler still has institutional buyers. Most government state, federal institutions don't routinely allow purchase of used equipment, for a lot of obvious reasons. There's a resurgence of interest in analog photography at all levels in education. For a lot of good reasons, one being get off your damn phone .I could never figure out how to do the ring arounds with the 45a. Also the issue of overheating and no new flashtubes being made. It was flawed by design as the proprietor of former colorBAT explained to me.
I am very glad to hear about this, and would consider purchasing at the right price, but when RGB bulbs can be used with the condensor head, it would be a hard sell. I am shocked in a good way that they have enough life in them to make a go at a new enlarger head.
I suspect it's additive like the loved/hated Universal 45.
It will still use CMY dials but I suspect it's RGB leds, maybe it actually has dichro filters and white leds? ??
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