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    projecting the image onto the easel?

    I got my enlarger set up this afternoon and put some negatives in it and projected them onto the easel.
    I move the project head up or down to control the size of the image and then use the focus knob to bring it into focus.

    My question is, with a 35mm negative and a 50mm lens in the enlarger, the image seems to spill off the easel in one direction and not quite fill the frame in the other.
    I can move the head up or down and bring one side, length or width into the boundaries of the easel but the other will either be too large or too small.

    Should the aspect ratio of the 35mm negative project perfectly on to an 8x10 easel?

    I was really exciting to see the first image come into focus!!! I used the grain focuser to get the focus sharp and that work really good. I hope to be able to actually print tomorrow night.
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    The aspect ratio of a 35mm negative is approximately 1:1.5, while the aspect ratio of an 8x10 easel is 1:1.25.

    No, they don't match.

    You either must crop the image to fit the 8x10 format, or you must crop the paper to fit the 1x1.5 format negative. Or, more likely, you do something between those two extremes.
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    No, 35mm doesn't fit an 8x10 piece of paper, you'll need to crop. However, it will print very close to full frame on either 5x7 or 11x14.
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    good, I was afraid I was doing something wrong!
    The part that is projected outside the blades of the easel are the part that gets cropped out?
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    You can crop it however you want. You can zoom out a little bit so the whole image fits inside of 8x10, and then trim of the sides of the paper later if you want. You can do whatever you want to do. I personally don't like the 8x10 aspect ratio and end up trimming or matting the long dimension of the paper usually.

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    Yes, anything outside the inner edges of the blades will not show up on the paper. You can set the blades to match the aspect ratio of the neg. In the case of 35mm and 8x10 paper you'll end up with a wide border on one long side. This assumes you're using a two-blade easel where the borders of the top and left side are fixed.
    With a 4 blade easel, you can center the image on the paper.

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    hi barry

    don't forget to put your grain focuser down on a scrap of paper
    (so you are focusing on something the same thickness as the photo paper)
    that way you won't be a smidgen out of focus.

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    Thanks for the good information!!
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    A full frame 35mm negative translates to a 8x12 image (or 4x6), so you lose some length on 8x10 paper. But, the average viewfinder in a consumer 35mm SLR doesn't show you full frame to begin with. They show around 93-95% of the negative. Your composition may already be cropped for the 8x10 aspect more than you think.

    I shoot a Nikon F3 which has a 100% viewfinder. I print my 35mm negatives at 8x12 centered on 11x14 paper.

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    The nagatives I was playing with last night were some I had taken with my Nikon F-100 & 28-105mm
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