What is the difference in the Kennedy spring system from the traditional springs? Is there a photo somewhere?
Originally Posted by wilsonneal
I had an 8x10 PF frame and got rid of it mainly to get an 11x14 frame from another maker. Before I sold it, I replaced 2 of the clips.
The clips, even when they were intact, were a pain, sometimes literally because they snapped shut so quickly. With the PF frame, closing all 6 clips was an inconvenience, especially when working in the dark. With my new frame, I have the 2 springs closed and ready to print in just a couple seconds. I suspected they didn't provide enough pressure in the center of the frame either, but I was never certain of that.
I had no problem with the frame itself, just the clamping mechanism. It seems like if you offered a choice of a better spring for just a little more money, you'd have a better product.
I am used to seeing 2 or 3 clamps that run across the short dimension of the frame, secured by a central screw, around which the clamp pivots. And, this clamp usually slides into a slot cut into the wood. This slot generally gets bigger and looser over time, reducing tension on the back. The clamps on Doug Kennedy's 11x14 frame are 6 in total. 3 for each side. And, each of the clamps slides under a metal (brass I think) washer-type fitting held in place with a screw. So, you've got a total of 6 clamps working for you and held in place with parts less prone to wearing out. I made my first contacts with this over the weekend. Very easy to use.
Originally Posted by billschwab
Bill, I don't know where you can see a photo online, but I can take a picture of mine and email it to you.
Originally Posted by billschwab
I'm actually having Kennedy refit my 8x10 PF frame with his style of springs as I have finally gotten tired of putting the clips back into the frame when they fall out.
Let's see what I've got in the magic trash can for Mateo!
Do the photo and put it on line so we all can see it! Sounds like a dandy frame to me.
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That would be great Jeremy! Thank you. I will PM you with an address. Or you can post it here and I will check back.
Originally Posted by Jeremy Moore
The best contact printing frames I have seen were from Great Basin. Beautifully made and they work well. Have moved to a vacuum frame now but if I were doing it manually I would look for one made by Great Basin Photographic.
On that note I have a friend working on a split back vacuum frame. We'll see if it pans out and if so I will definately try it for Ziatype work.
I have owned two of the Great Bassin contact printing frames and also found them beautifully made. I still have one, 14X24" and it works well, though I now use vacuum frames for nearly all of my work.
Originally Posted by WarEaglemtn
Be careful if you obtain one of the Great Bassin frames because the builder did not provide them with sanded edges, at least the two I owned did not have sanded edges, and I severly cut myself on the glass one day when cleaning it and had to have about nine stitches. I called the builder up to complain abou this but he just gave me some dog and pony show about how sanding the edges caused scratches on the glass.
Great Basis Frames were made here in Nevada, due to some lung problems with wood dust they are no longer made...they now have an online business of radio controlled boat products etc....
Dark side of the moon
Don t want to be pre mature (all here have been down that road) but a new line of print frames will be out this spring from "ZonesGray"...will be announced on this planet first here on APUG'S Sponsor's forum, also to be announced, some panorama equipment we have been testing for over 6 months, here in the desert and in NYC, and on the dark side of the moon.
Dave in Vegas