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I just obtained a very nice d5500 with many accessories but there is something I don't understand.

When I project the negative the image is way out of the base board. Only if I stay under 20*30cm it fits the board. How can I make it fit on the board?
 

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I assume you are enlarging square negatives. Maybe you are not using the right lens or easel.

For example, with the enlarger head at the top with a 105mm lens, projecting 6x6cm negative, I can crop the top and bottom and get 20" across for a 16x20"(40x50cm). To do this the 16x20 Beseler easel only overhangs by about 4" on the front and 3" on each side (the easel is bigger than the baseboard.

In most cases, however, I'd use an 80mm lens and NOT crop the top and bottom. So that means a 16" square. In that case (again with the 80mm lens) the head is only one-half way up the column. In that case the front of the 16x20 Beseler easel only overhangs about 2" (but, of course, still overhangs the 3" on each side). This still leaves about 4" from the top of the easel to the column, so the easel can open.

Another way to say this is that the enlarger is built 'oversize' for many potential needs, however, you never need to have the head at the top unless you are cropping, or don't have the correct lens for your format.
 
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Is the baseboard original and un-modified?
A lot of those enlargers would have had their baseboards removed for wall mounting or other types of custom installations.
Can we have dimensions and a photo?
 
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Base board is 60x65cm, I also have a wall mount thing, maybe I should use that one?
 

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The base board on mine is a little different.. 56cm x 72cm
It is not large enough for printing big prints either.
 

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Mine projects square 30" across and 30" front to back, with the front-to-back image right to the base of the column. Are you sure you have a D5500? Can you post a picture?
 
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Mine projects square 30" across and 30" front to back, with the front-to-back image right to the base of the column. Are you sure you have a D5500? Can you post a picture?
Yes I am sure! It is a D5500. I cannot post a picture right now, but it is the same as this one, with the CLS. The base board look the same as well.
 

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This is how I make 20x24, if that is what you have in mind. I have 4 felt pads under the 20x24 easel, so it rests comfortably on the D5500 baseboard.
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I'm going to try a couple of wild guesses. Is it possible that the negative carrier or lens is not seated correctly?
 
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