4x5 and 8x10 Precision
negative carrier systems for optimum masking results
The perfect tool for precision printing
and contrast masking in the traditional darkroom.
Effortlessly make and use Unsharp Masks, Contrast
Reduction Masks, Highlight Masks,
Shadow Contrast Increase Masks, Fog Masks, Dodge/Burn Masks and much
designed, elegantly simple, gorgeous in its precision and repeatability--Radeka's
combination registration printer and negative carrier will greatly
simplify the masking process. It will delight persons dedicated
to the epitome of photographic art."
Dr. Dennis McNutt - photographer, author, teacher More
Precision Carrier System was first introduced in 2003. Since
those early beginnings, major improvements and upgrades have
been made in design and function. Registration is extremely
accurate allowing prints exceeding 30" x 40" to be
made using any masking technique, retaining registration so
precise that errors cannot be seen even on close visual inspection.
Precision machining and ultra-smooth flat-black anodizing contribute
to the look, feel and function of every carrier system.
would like to thank a multitude of generous and gifted photographers
for their valuable feedback and suggestions in helping me fine-tune
and improve this carrier system throughout the years, including
Sexton, Bruce Barnbaum, Dennis McNutt, Dave Frieder, Gerard
Sheridan and Steve Francis. These
and so many other outstanding talents have helped assure the
long term continuance of traditional methods and materials in
the world of fine art photography. Lynn Radeka, 2005
Precision Pin-Regsitration Carrier System.
Pictured here is the "complete system - 4x5 " which
includes the Contrast Masking Kit.
The Precision Pin-Registration
Carrier Systems, now available in two sizes (4x5 and 8x10),
are uniquely designed to work accurately and efficiently with
any and all masking techniques including Unsharp Masking, Highlight
Masks, Contrast Reduction Masks, Dodge/Burn Masks, Inkjet Dodge
Masks, spotting masks, as well as all others detailed in the
Contrast Masking Kit. It's also
the ideal tool for making precise multiple-exposures with separation
negatives, special contrast masks, Shadow Contrast
Increase Masks, Fog Masks and special effects requiring
double-printing. The 8x10 system can also be used as a pin-registration
contact printing system, giving the photographer a complete array
of possible masking techniques for contact printing as well as
This system was designed primarily to assure repeatable accuracy,
even at very high image magnifications. The pin-registration glass
carrier will land in precisely the same spot each time
it is slid into the holder frame, assuring perfect and repeatable
registration. This is essential for some masking techniques as
well as double-printing special effects and multiple-exposure
separation negatives. Using a very accurate "wedge"
design, a magnetic "catch" inside the holder assures
that the carrier is "pulled and locked" into a solid
and perfectly registered position every time. This eliminates
the need for locks, levers or latches, all of which can easily
affect precise registration. The Precision Carrier System has
been tested on several different enlargers by making enlargements
as high as 30" x 40" from a 4x5 original negative with
no perceptable registration errors even at very close viewing
distances. Your original negatives are never punched with this
Easy to use -
The holder frame remains in the enlarger throughout the printing session.
The carrier easily slips into and out of the holder frame. Negatives
and masks can be easily and quickly placed in, and removed from, the
carrier under safelights or even in total darkness without fumbling,
speeding up printing time with masks considerably and reducing the danger
of breaking the glass carrier.
The holder frame is made of black anodized hard aluminum with black
Sentra spacers and is designed so that it cannot easily be damaged through
standard use. The glass carrier is made with a "hinged" float
glass, eliminating the possibility of dropping the float glass when
replacing negatives or masks.
This system allows for easier making and printing of masks. The
holder frame can be used in a "front loading" position
or can be rotated 90 degrees allowing side loading of the carrier.
Also, the carrier can be used both to make masks and to print
with masks. Upgraded Anti-Newton Ring versions come with a punched
sheet of 5" x 5" duratrans diffusion material for mask
making using this special glass. With most enlargers and light
heads these carriers will allow you to print your entire negative
area without cropping out important areas near the edge of the
film. Awkward contact printing frames are no longer needed to
make masks. Making masks and printing with masks has never been
Should they be needed, replacement carriers and holders are available
individually. The photographer can make fine-tuned adjustments which
may be required when using a replacement carrier or holder.
Cost effective -
The cost of the entire system - Precision holder frame,
Precision pin-registration glass carrier and accompanying
two-hole punch, costs less than half of the former Condit registration
The Precision Holder/Carrier system will easily
fit most 4x5, 5x7 or 8x10 enlarger types and light head combinations.
It will also fit some bigger and smaller enlargers. The 4x5 version
holder/frame unit is 7 1/2" square, and 7/16" thick.
The 8x10 version holder/frame unit is 13 1/4" wide, 14"
deep and 7/16" thick (depending on specified enlarger). Simply
determine if this size will fit in your enlarger's negative stage
with the head raised (with the negative stage "open").
of the Precision Carrier System
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