Who here has used a changing bag before? I just can't seem to get on the ball to build my darkroom but would like to at least process my film. Is it easy to use these things? Pros/cons? Thanks in advance
if the bag is big enough it should be o.k. to get film into a dev. tank.
I got one but thats just to small for that,, I have done it but it was not easy,, .. cant you create a small dark room , a closset perhaps ? that you can use until you got a propper dark room set up ? if you wait until its dark outside and there are no lights on , lots of clossets work just fine ! or perhaps a bath room ?
My dark room is a changing bag streched over a cardboard box. The box is wrapped with black trash bags and the bag just covers the front so that I can get film and a tank in through the arm holes. You could do something with the back of the box if that isnt to you liking but it works fine for me.
Changing bags are not that bad to use. They also have changing tents now (bags with wire that holds them up like camping tents). I use a Jobo processor and do 8 rolls at a time so the tube is pretty long. But have no problem at all with everything in the bag. I have a large bag and a small bag.
My balance is gone.. I can't work in the dark anymore.
I prefer a changing bag even to cut paper for paper negatives. That's why mine is draped over the front of a large cardboard box. The box is wrapped in black plastic. Plenty of room to work plus i have a smaller box attached to the rear to store paper and film. It's a good system for me.
The tent would be better if you had to break it down for storage though.
Most houses or apartments have a closet or room which can easily be made totally dark at night. In my house, that's the stairwell leading to the attic. That's all you need to load a film tank. If you're not sure that it's totally dark, use a couple of black garbage bags, one inside another.