Enlarging Easel

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  1. gmfotografie

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    hi my friends, i'm looking for an high quality easel with a fixed size for 7,5" x7,5".
    I want to use my standard paper 8x10 and want to cover the rest of the paper completely during the exposure.

    maybe you can help me

    best michael
     
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    There was a german easel called versamask but production has been stopped. Basically it was a base plate with register pins and a fixed metal mask on top. Maybe you can get a used one or something similar custom made.
     
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    If I needed to make 7.5x7.5 prints on 8x10 paper, I'd use an 8x10 Speed-Ez-El easel with an improvised mask registered to precisely rest on top of it. The same idea could probably be applied to many other easels.
     
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    Take 2 pieces of mat board cut to 8x10, on 1 cut out your 7.5 x 7.5 in the center of one board. Hinge the 2 boards together on one long side with tape. Slide the print paper between the 2 boards. Shoot your image. No need for expensive easel.
     
  5. Thomas Bertilsson

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    I use an adjustable easel for everything, and have found the ones made by Saunders to be pretty good. But they are probably too expensive for what you're looking for.

    Jim Jones' idea above sounds very simple and agreeable.
     
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    Use a 4 blade adjustable 11 x 14 easel like the Saunders version.

    Adjust the movable arms to give you the 7.5" x 7.5" window that you seek.

    Tape mat board or something similar to the movable arms in order to ensure that light is blocked in the area outside the arms.
     
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    Or use a mask at the enlarger stage, which gives less stray light. I doubt it matters much, but it is a second option. Some enlargers even have masks built into the enlarger head, like the Leitz V35.
     
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    This is the only kind of easel I have, and I like them very much.
    Mine are made from black core double mat board. The only thing I don't like is that if I'm very close to printing the full frame, it can be hard to see if the edges are all excluded because the image is harder to see on black. It's not really a big problem, you just have to be careful.
     
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    Look at Beard Easels. I have seen nothing better.
     
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    Not to Hijack this thread but I have about 10 Saunders Easels various size that I need some refurbish work done. Who does this kind of work ???
     
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    Use a 8x10 Speed-Ez-El easel with a rubylith mask.
     
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    Which reminds me, I've been meaning to ask where can we find rubylith? I've been to all my local art stores and they all carry "amberlith" but no rubylith to be found.
     
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    If the bottom mat board is a non-actinic color such as orange, the image will still be plainly visible. There should be no light reflected back from the bottom board to degrade the image. Some older easels were white, and this could cause some fogging in the shadows, especially with thin paper.
     
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    Ned,

    You can find Rubylith on ebay. But, since you're in Sonoma, you can also get it at the Art Blick store in Oakland. They carry it because a nearby art class uses it.

    Thomas
     
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    Perfect, thank you! I work in Oakland and am down that way about once a week!

    And thanks Jim that's a good idea, I'll keep my eyes open for orange or yellow. I cut the window with a mat cutter and it's the edge of the image on the bevel that would be most helpful to see, so in my case it will be the top mat. ( Not sure my post was clear... I've been using black-core flat black mat board. )