Darkroom materials list

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  1. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    Since this question comes up fairly often, maybe this could be stickied. Folks can post any stuff I've forgotten, and other handy tools/materials they use. If you have a question about equipment start a new thread.

    Some of this stuff is optional, and may also depend on the techniques and chems you are using.

    Basic equipment/materials for BW film developing

    darkroom or darkbag (film changing bag): no safelight
    developing tank with reels
    thermometer
    scissors
    bottle cap opener: for opening 35mm cassettes
    string and clothes pins: for hanging to dry
    graduates, funnels, and storage jugs
    timer
    rubber gloves
    towels
    negative storage sheets

    film developer
    stop bath
    fixer
    hypo-clear: fixer remover
    photo-flo: wetting agent


    Basic equipment/materials for BW printing

    darkroom with safelight
    enlarger: chassis, power supply, timer, lens, film carriers
    multigrade contrast filter set
    easel: holds the paper under the enlarger
    trays: depending on your methods you will need at least 3, they need to be larger than your paper size
    tongs: handy for moving prints without dipping hands in chems
    timer or clock: for timing how long prints are in chems
    print washer: there are a lot of options here from repeated soaks in a tray of clean, frequently replaced water to fancy commercially made models
    print dryer: a line with clothes pins, a screen (preferably fiberglass or aluminum), to fancy store bought models
    graduates, funnels, and storage jugs
    grain magnifier
    print squeegee
    towels
    rubber gloves
    canned air or blower brush
    thermometer
    sheet of glass: for making contact prints

    paper
    paper developer
    stop bath
    fixer
    hypo clear: fixer remover for fiber paper


    Other stuff you may want

    spotting inks or spot pens
    toner
    tack iron, dry mount tissue, dry mount press
    mat cutter
    paper cutter
    burn/dodge kit: usually home made with cardboard and thin wire
    radio: it can be lonely in the dark ;)
     
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    a trashcan for messed up stuff :D
     
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    nealjpage multi format master in a film geek package

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    I say ditto on that radio. Especially if you're prone to the feeling that someone is going to sneak up on you even though you're alone in a locked room.:er:
     
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    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    I also have a small vacuum cleaner I only use for cleaning darkroom and camera gear. Don't use a vacuum that you use in the rest of your house, as you'll be draggin dust into the darkroom.
     
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    Possibly the most important tool for any artist. ;)
     
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    The most used for sure... ;)
     
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    Yes, music or a radio is really important, it gets boring waiting sometimes. However, if the radio is turned up too loud it make it harder to hear people sneaking up on you ;)
     
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    True, but I guess I'd rather not hear 'em. Sometimes best not to know, ya know?
     

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