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  1. Narf

    Narf TPF Noob!

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    How much do you think an average half decent darkroom would cost? Including everything, chemicals, enlarger, etc.?

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    Couple hundred
     
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    Damn - is that all!
     
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    Lesse if i can recall it all...

    $50 for the enlarger plus some other crap
    $30 for the developing timer?
    $60 for the digital enlarger timer?
    $100 for the electronic work bench, but any old table would work, so I wouldn't count that for others.
    $10 for the grain enlarger
    $20ish for a lot on ebay that included some trays and other misc stuff
    $5 for fixer
    $7 for paper developer
    $4 for stop bath
    a couple bucks for hypo clear
    a couple bucks for film developer
    free tank and reel
    $25ish for graduates

    nah I know I am forgetting something, but I got it all kinda sporadically
     
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    I know you use an Omega, Orie - you must have gotten an exceptionally sweet deal. Is it in good repair? Working well for you?

    I have half this stuff already (tanks, reels, trays, tongs, little stuff) but the big stumbling block in OUR household is hubby's insistence that we get some robo-enlarger, one that can take LF negative carriers and has a color head. He says I'll thank him in the long run if we hold out. I really hate pragmatic people. :x
     
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    Yeah, B-600, I got an awesome deal on ebay. Opening and only bid! If I recall right, the lady had it categorized wrong, so I just happened upon it, and it became my little secret. Yeah, it's in beautiful shape, nary a scratch.

    I've never used a color head, something about using a color enlarger for b&w just always felt wrong to me, even tho I know it's just like having the filters built in. You guys could always have two! One for you, one for him! ;)
     
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    Although he's a B&W fine-art geek like the rest of us, he's made tons of color enlargements at work and has no fear of color management, so it makes sense - for him. And of course, you are right, you're basically doing the same thing popping in the filters, which is how I was taught so I'm comfortable with it. He thinks they are limiting. :wink:

    I like the Besselers I was using (um, 23 C III models I believe, some with color heads, some without) just fine!
     
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    I used the Beseler 45's in my darkroom classes, and now any other enlarger i use doesn't live up to the hype. I love the Beseler 45. Its spendy as hell, but its worth every penny. It also has a color head attachment which would be convenient. Until i can scrounge up 4-500 for one on Ebay, i will have to use my little vivitar POS. But man do i dream for my Beseler back....
     
  9. Narf

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    Wow...that was way less than I was expecting, do I really need the timers though? I just basically need a really basic room, I don't do it professionaly or anything, wish I could but I ain't that good, It's just for a hobby.
     
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    ummmm....I searched a few online stores, and the cheapest enlarger Henry's has is $400CAD. Does anyone know of stores where I could get it for cheaper in Canada?
     
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    You wanna buy used, off of Ebay for darkroom equipment. Its the cheapest place you will find anywhere. Ebay id where Orie was getting her figures.
     

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