15th January 2003, 11:05 AM
starter kit for B&w processing
Need some pointers to get started in b&w processing(only)
What is the bare minimun required?
thanks in advance
15th January 2003, 11:30 AM
Haven't been in the darkroom for quite a while, but as far as I remember:
Changing bag, or a darkroom
Development tank with reel(s)
Can opener or anything that opens the film canister
You use the above to get your film into the development tanks. Then the lights come on...
Measuring flasks / beakers
Chemicals - developer, fixer, washer(?)
Clock / stopwatch
You measure amounts of chemicals, get the temperatures, determine the time required for each stage of film processing. Some people use ice to help lower the temperature of chemicals.
After you developed, fixed, and washed the film, you can use your fingers or another device (squee-gee????) to get water off the film, then you can clip and hang it out to dry. Darkroom facilities that you can rent should have blower-dryers.
Ruby or Fotoguide should be able to help you out in selection of the equipment, chemicals etc. Anyway you would most likely have to pay them a visit wat, so use your money on their word
(for myself, I used my school's facilities and chemicals, and the only thing I bought was a development tank, with reels adjustable for 135 and 120 film, and easier to load than the ones provided)
15th January 2003, 11:40 AM
And access to a water tap, too!
17th January 2003, 12:46 PM
some further information i found
17th January 2003, 04:56 PM
You can check out Ruby, Cathay, also Seng Cheong Co. (look in phone book) for equipment.
As for cost... Last year I bought a set of darkroom equipment for $700+, from Seng Cheong. But the higher quotes went up to $1-2k
Last edited by d7t3; 17th January 2003 at 04:59 PM.