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    borderless easels

    i was looking at my options for 16x20 and 20x24 easels, and i'm scratching my head over these reasonably priced borderless easels made by saunders. how do they work? don't the blades block light as they hold the paper down? i'm confused...

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    there is a rail at each end with a 45 degree angle, the paper fits under this rail and because of the angle the image is exposed without a border.

    4 blade easel hold the paper down.
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    Depending on your enlarging lens, sometimes you get a reflection off the inner side of the adjustable rails, resulting in a darkish band along the edges of the print. The solution is to take them off and paint them flat black to minimize the reflections.

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    i think i get it now. the rails don't actually cover the paper, right? the angled edge just holds the paper down.

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    I have a 14x11 version but quit using it a long time ago. Personally, I prefer a border so you don't touch the actual image when handling it or if you use tongs when processing. Also I have mostly stopped dry mounting because if something happens to the mat board there goes your print so the border holds archival corners.

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    I find with RC I don't need anything to hold the paper down. I made my own borderless easel just by cutting a piece of masonite to 11x14 and putting rubber feet on the bottom. When I use FB I use a bordered easel, but I'm toying with the idea of using tacky glue for borderless.

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    I have a couple of different border-less easels and like them, more image on the paper. The ones I have work perfectly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob-D659 View Post
    Depending on your enlarging lens, sometimes you get a reflection off the inner side of the adjustable rails, resulting in a darkish band along the edges of the print. The solution is to take them off and paint them flat black to minimize the reflections.
    That's what I've done with mine. I really like it. I don't run into problems matting and having a little sliver of the border show.
    Bruce

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    Handy for printing 35mm full frame on 11x14 paper and just cut a mat to fit the photo.

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    My experience with them is that they're fine if your paper is flat. Anything with a curl to it will make you nuts.
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