Newbie from Victoria
Just getting back into analogue photography after being put off it in high school all those years ago by reckless idiots turning the lights on in the middle of an exposure :rolleyes:. I'm shooting 35mm at the moment on a Contax 159MM and bought an enlarger of a friend who can't take it with her overseas. She was kind enough to give me a big pile of papers or different kinds that I can experiment with.
I don't have a dark room set up yet but the outside laundry is looking like a prime target.
The part you're dreading is this part though. The questions. Where can I get a good developing tank? Which brand is the best? What brand chemicals have you had success with? Paper grades? Film types?
Ask away mate. and welcome to the dark side.
Cheers mate. I'm just wondering where to start. What chemistry to set myself up with etc.
Welcome from Victoria, B.C. Canada!
They should make a musical about moving British Columbia's capital next to Melbourne. They could call it "Victoria, Victoria". :)
(Okay, the real musical was "Victor, Victoria". Laugh anyway please.)
Welcome to APUG!
<*/waving\*> Hello Skegger of yonder Ballarat!
Make sure you separate the laundry into dry and wet areas if converting it into a darkroom! And ventilation!
Camera House stores have heaps of Ilford stuff, including chemicals, papers, tools etc. Not sure if one is in Ballarat (observations are from the Geelong store here).
Welcome to apug, from Sydney, Australia. There are many different types of tanks from different manufacturers. I use stainless steel as they make it easier to control the temperature. Nikor or Honeywell are both fine. Many others use the plastic Jobo or Paterson tanks. Ebay is the place to get them cheap.
As far as developing chems are concerned, i like Ilford ID-11 as a standard developer. It is easy to use but does not last for as long as i would like. I use it as a one-shot (use once then throw it away). Fix and stop bath are also ilford and they are good too. Film that I like is Tri-X 400 and Ilford Delta 100. A lot of this comes down to personal preference. Tri-X 400 is very versatile and forgiving film. I would recommend this as a starting point together with either Kodak D-76 or ID-11. As many here will tell you, experimatation is only useful when you change things slowly over time. Get to know one combination well before changing aspects of your process such as changing developer/film/dilution/development time. Hope this helps.
I can second the ebay recommendation:
nowadays you can pick up a tray kit and a tank in there for less than 100 bucks, including shipping.
I'm using a Patterson universal plastic tank for my 35mm, with ilford's dd-x soup and Acros + HP5 + Tri-X at the moment, going to try Xtol next. Been on Microphen and D76, quite good but not as good as dd-x for my taste anyway.
As for printing soups and recipes, can't help: do most of mine with a scanner and a printer, no space for an enlarger or darkroom.
Welcome to APUG from Portland, Oregon, in the U.S.
To the ebay recommendation I would also suggest Craigslist if you have a local one.
I am just getting back into B/W photography, and most of it has so far been 120 film on a TLR. I have been getting some nice results with Ilford FP4. I am working on figuring out where the darkroom is going to go, so I haven't been doing any recent experimentation with papers, but I remember liking the Ilford papers I used to print over 10 years ago.