Versilab print washer quality?greenspun.com : LUSENET : B&W Photo - Printing & Finishing : One Thread
I've gradually been switching to using FB paper, and now I use it almost exclusively. So the need arises to consider buying a print washer.
The Versilab model seems to be quite a bit less expensive than others, and before making the leap I'd be interested in the experience of others in using the Versilab.
For what it's worth, I would be getting the 16 X 20 model because I print quite a bit in that size, but also would be using it for 11 X 14 and * X 10.
-- Paul Arnold (email@example.com), November 14, 2000
I have the 11x14 washer. This is a well made, but not fancy, washer. It works very well. I regularly wash smaller prints in mine. I recommend them highly. Feel free to email me if you have any specific questions.
-- Ed Farmer (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 14, 2000.
I have the 16x20 model and like it. The only problem with washing smaller prints (i.e. 8x10) is the difficulty in extracting them from the washer. Depending on the paper (some float, but most sink) the top of the sheet can be 8" below the surface of the water, so getting it out of a 3/4" slot can be less than easy. This is not a real big deal, but if you're planning on doing mostly smaller prints, you may want to factor this consideration.
The design is sound, however unlike some washers each slot is not independent. Therefore, if you have prints that are partially washed, you shouldn't add fresh prints to the washer. They will contaminate the partially washed prints and the time to wash, starts all over.
Neither of these points are major, it just depends on your needs/desires. It holds a large number of prints and washes them effeciently.
-- Pete Caluori (email@example.com), November 14, 2000.
The problem of getting small prints out occurs with all vertical washers. That's why I bought the 11x14 model. I also have a smaller (fewer slots) 16x20 washer that I use for prints up to 20x24.
-- Ed Farmer (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 15, 2000.
I've had the 11x14 for two years, and like it just fine. It works well and is reasonably priced, compared to the alternatives. I would buy it again. John
-- John Sarsgard (email@example.com), November 15, 2000.