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JohnMeadows
10-31-2010, 09:09 AM
I just bought my first medium format film camera (not counting the Brownie I had in the 1970's), and while I am getting what I need to process the film at home, I am not sure I have the space to set up a fullblown darkroom for traditional printing.

Does anyone in the Toronto area have recommendations for traditional wet darkroom rentals, that won't force me to get a 2nd mortgage?

Thanks in advance!

CGW
10-31-2010, 09:33 AM
Toronto Image Works or Gallery 44 for starters.

David William White
10-31-2010, 09:38 AM
TIW I think has the cheapest rate at $9/hr. There's other places like gallery44, but you'd have to factor in the memberhip fee. See http://www.torontoimageworks.com/rentals_darkrooms.html.

What'd you get?

P.S. There's a bit of a standard process that avoids wasting time/paper, so sometimes it's good to have someone walk you through your first session.

JohnMeadows
10-31-2010, 10:01 AM
Thanks for the quick responses!

David I got a Mamiya 645J with 80, 55 and 150 lenses. Going out to the Don Valley in the next few minutes to shoot a test roll (starting with a couple of rolls Ilford XP2 so I get get it processed quickly, but my plan is to shoot traditional B/W films and develop neg's myself). Very excited to try this!!

The funny thing is that I don't have a standalone light meter yet (although I have bought a Gossen Luna Pro on ebay, just waiting for it to arrive). Will need to take my DSLR along to use as a light meter. :-)

BrianL
10-31-2010, 10:06 AM
Interesting, I never thought about a dark room rental. As I am in Toronto, well worth looking into as I have no place in the house for a darkroom setup but would like to get back into the dark room. When I was young, it was almost as much fun as taking the image.

JohnMeadows
10-31-2010, 10:09 AM
I haven't done darkroom work since the 1980's, so hopefully it will come back, like riding a bicycle :-). I haven't completely given up on the idea of a full darkroom at home, since there is a basement bathroom in our house that no one uses, but it would have to be a set up that could be taken down if need be; a permanent darkroom wouldn't fly with the rest of the family :-(

David William White
10-31-2010, 10:18 AM
Sometimes people just need to be told how it's going to be.

On the serious side, might be worthwhile to do a 'tour' of GTA APUG members with darkrooms, just to see how we've all managed.

hpulley
10-31-2010, 10:19 AM
There isn't that much in the darkroom that needs to be permanent. I suppose if your MF enlarger is really big it could be a pain to move all the time.

I'm also setting up a darkroom for the first time since the early '80s. Hopefully I can do the first test rolls and prints today (probably old negs for printing today as the test rolls will need to dry for a while).

Tough to get some chemicals out here in the 'wilds west of Toronto' though. I could only find Ilfostop bath at Henrys in Cambridge and I bought all 2 bottles so don't try there yourself!

JohnMeadows
10-31-2010, 11:38 AM
I'll be heading down to Henry's in downtown Toronto tomorrow hopefully to get some Xtol, etc. Hopefully they have something! Downtown camera was actually a bit of a disappointment; all they seemed to have was D-76 ( a classic I know, but I want to try something I don't remember from 1975!)

CGW
10-31-2010, 12:05 PM
I'll be heading down to Henry's in downtown Toronto tomorrow hopefully to get some Xtol, etc. Hopefully they have something! Downtown camera was actually a bit of a disappointment; all they seemed to have was D-76 ( a classic I know, but I want to try something I don't remember from 1975!)

You might give this crew a call:

http://www.alternativephotography.com/wp/suppliers/chemicals-kits/nymoc-products-co

JohnMeadows
10-31-2010, 12:07 PM
Thanks CGW, will check them out as well!

JohnMeadows
10-31-2010, 12:08 PM
They are only 5.3 km from where I live :-)

CGW
10-31-2010, 12:27 PM
They are only 5.3 km from where I live :-)

Not sure what they stock but friends have used them for DIY chemistry.

hpulley
10-31-2010, 08:33 PM
Was quite happy to pick up some Kodak HC-110, Ilford Microfen and Multigrade developer, Ilfostop, Ilford Rapid Fixer, Ilfotol. All set up now! I'm sure much is in the wrong place and I'll have to figure out where to move it to be useful but it's there.

Mike Wilde
11-01-2010, 09:24 AM
If you get the hankering for something exotic, get in touch.

I have a quite wide stock of developer agents and can weigh and measure what you need and post it to you, since we are not talking across international borders.

So if thoughts like pyro etc. seize you and you are not up for a whole online shoppping excursion to the Formulary, PM me, or come for a visit.

If you are in the market for a free darkroom setup you might be a week too late though until I find more next garage sale season.
I gave one away and delivered it yesterday, and the second surplus one I had on offer the young lady has been by to look at it. She is presently shooting a film, to bring back on a processsing referesher session, before she takes the whole of that lot away.