Test Strip Easel for 8x10

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    I was wondering if anyone knew where to get an 8x10 version of this:

    http://www.adorama.com/PATSP.html

    I know it may sound wasteful, but I think a full final size of the print is better when trying to check color balance.
     
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    Why not set up for 8x10 then toss one of those under the enlarger. Seems you could get four test sheets per 8x10 paper.
     
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    Mike, have a look at Ralph Lambrecht's site. He gives instructions to make a test strip printer which takes 5x7 paper and either does 7 one inch strips across the whole neg or easily allows you to do 7 strips of the same part of the neg which the Paterson will do but only 5 and more awkwardly.

    It shouldn't be so hard to work out the dimensions to make the space for the test paper become 8x10 instead of 5x7.

    I use Ralph's test strip printer on a regular basis. It really is a useful piece of kit. Actually I think the design is down to his partner Chris Woodhouse to give the credit where it belongs

    pentaxuser
     
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    Yeah, I was thinking of just doing that, just wanted to know my options before I make my move.
     
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    I was looking at that last night a little bit...I will probable go that route at first. I like the flexibility of the number of strips in the design but I also like the easiness of the test strip printer I posted the link of.
     
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    You probably can make one out of mount board with linen tape as hinges.
     
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    Yeah, I was thinking of fabricating something in that regard, but a little more permanent. I have the next couple of days off, so I'll have a little time to mess around.
     
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    I have a Saunders 8x10 print and repeat easel that works for that. Just use the 2x3 mask and get eight identical images on an 8x10 sheet. It moves the paper using an x-y axis under the mask. (shameless plug: its for sale).
     
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