Photographers Formulary Economy Contact Print Frames are made at the Formulary from high quality ash, with a felt-lined, hinged back board for print inspection.
Pressure clips hold your negative securely while printing.
All frames are made one inch bigger than the size quoted. (i.e. an 8x10" frame actually has a glass size of 9x11" so that you get a full 8x10" print).
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Posted by Al Lockwood on 12th Mar 2020
Those eight snap latches are just impossible in a darkroom, especially for a teen-age female darkroom helper. I replaced them with four bolt latches for gates, receivers on the frame. The pad on which the print paper rests needs to be thicker to provide some compression range to insure flatness. As-built, it's 1/8: I replaced it with 1/4. Now the contact framw works perfectly. No lost fingernails, no broken glass, and quick from exposure to tray.
Posted by Heather D' on 13th Feb 2019
These are very well made and super reasonably priced. As an added benefit, these are the only 8x10 frames that are sized so that I can get two of them in my lightbox at the same time. Having two is very helpful when doing a lot of tests for curving or when experimenting with test prints of a new process. It's true that the clasps are pretty snappy! The positive is that they hold very tightly. Once I got used to them I have no trouble working with them. Those with sensitive fingers may want to put tape on clasp ends, but I find this unnecessary once I got the hang of it. I have had no trouble with glass issues in the 8x10 size. I am super happy with these frames.
Posted by John Isner on 20th Mar 2018
I echo Jerry Cagle's comment about the glass. I am very careful handling my 11 x 14 frame, and I am sure that my handling of the glass did not cause it to crack. Unless you are very careful and willing to sacrifice your fingers, allowing the clasps to snap shut their own (without easing them down) causes them to smack the back cover with the force of a rat trap snapping shut. I believe the sudden impact cracked the glass after only I had used it a few times. I suggested to Photographers Formulary that they use standard picture frame glass or include a spare sheet of glass with each frame.
Posted by Michael on 26th Sep 2017
Precision craftsmanship, excellent back & lock down hardware for
correct even pressure.
Posted by Deb on 24th Sep 2017
I love it. Best price anywhere
Posted by Gregg Obst on 21st May 2017
At the price point that this contact printing frame carries I really expected some compromises in quality but I was very pleasantly surprised. The frame arrived well packed and when I took it out I was floored by just how solid and well made it was. The glass was flawless, the wood was a good quality choice with a solid, heavy feel and the metal hardware was top notch. I would highly recommend these contact printing frames to anyone looking for a great frame at a great price.
Posted by Jerry Cagle on 29th Dec 2015
After having used the frame a few times (16x20) I discovered that the glass cracked. I suspect that the clasps are the culprit as they are quite difficult to open/close and when closing they strike the back of the frame with a significant amount of force.
Posted by Unknown on 31st Jul 2015
I purchased this contact frame to make lumen and cyanotype prints using alternative (non-camera) techniques. The frame shipped promptly and was well packaged. It is very sturdy and appears to be of excellent quality. The frame worked perfectly for my particular application. I recommend this product.
Posted by Unknown on 10th Jul 2015
Sturdy and solid. Overall an excellent product. Highly recommended.
Posted by Rick Allen on 2nd Jun 2015
Well built and solid, seems to lock up nicely, no problems making prints with it. Money well spent.
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