LPL vs Saunders Easel

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Steven Woody, Feb 12, 2007.

  1. Steven Woody

    Steven Woody Guest

    can anyone please help me compare the LPL (Japan made) and Saunders
    Easel? it seems the LPL easel is so much more expensive than LPL's.

    i now use a Kaiser 11x14 easel am so unsatisify with it. it can not
    produce perpendicular boarders on the paper, the two adjustable blades
    are badly designed :(

    ps. do you folks get any tips ( thoughts ) about printing w/o a easel?

    thanks in advance.

    Steven Woody, Feb 12, 2007
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    Peter Irwin Guest

    For RC paper (because it doesn't curl much) I have a sheet
    of orange bristol board in a 16x20 easel with the outlines
    of the paper sizes I use most often in black magic marker.
    This works well for borderless prints.

    Peter Irwin, Feb 12, 2007
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  3. I assume you mean " ...the SAUNDERS easel is so much more expensive..."
    and that you're comparing to the LPL economy easel. (LPL now makes a
    four blade model that costs about the same as a Saunders)

    If you examine them in person, you'll know. I've used both; the
    Saunders is a precision piece of equipment, almost like a fine camera.
    Thin blades that slide smoothly and stay perpendicular; little to no
    play in the hinge; enought weight to keep it in place.

    Will you see much difference in your prints? Probably not. the
    difference is how much cursing in the dark you'll do.
    Scott Schuckert, Feb 12, 2007
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    darkroommike Guest

    For an "economy" 4-blade find an older 14x17 Omega
    (pre-Saunders) not quite as nice as the newer beastie but a
    lot of bang for the buck.
    darkroommike, Feb 12, 2007
  5. Steven Woody

    Steven Woody Guest


    i am not well understand what you said. what is you mentioned 'bristol
    board' and what's the 'outlines of the paper sizes' ?


    Steven Woody, Feb 13, 2007
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    Steven Woody Guest


    did you mean that there are almost same in the results between using a

    Steven Woody, Feb 13, 2007
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    Peter Irwin Guest

    I use an orange card and draw an 8x10 rectangle on it using
    a black magic marker and another 8x10 rectangle at a right
    angle to the first one. This makes it easy to put the
    enlarging paper where I want it.

    Peter Irwin, Feb 13, 2007
  8. Steven Woody

    Steven Woody Guest

    1, how do you fix the cards on the enlarger baseboard and how do you
    fix the paper on the cards?
    2, what the second rectangle use for?


    Steven Woody, Feb 13, 2007
  9. Yes, or any other easel. In terms of the finished print, the visible
    differences would be in how crisp the edges are, how straight the sides
    are, and to a lesser extent how sharp the extreme edges of the print

    A good easel will have thin blades to give a nice crisp edge. It will
    hold the blades exactly perpendicular so the printed area is a true
    rectangle. it will also hold the paper as flat as possible for best
    focus. All of these are subtle.

    Heck, much as I love the Saunders I still have Speed Easels which fail
    miserably on points one and three; but they're "good enough."
    Scott Schuckert, Feb 13, 2007
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