I find that people find out that I still use old film cameras, and then give thier old ones to me. I recently went to a photo swap with gear I had mostly been gifted or found at deep discount and restored, and sold about $400 worth. That allows a lot of cash for other things, so the ocassional 'retail used' purchase can be made.
I do love to hear of thrift finds, but don't come up with the deals as much as when my kids were younger, wife was at home with them, and almost everything 'semi-durable' we needed came from a thrift.
Now my new bad old camera habit is being sourced by going to liquidation/misdirected frieght/estate auctions.
Pentax Spotmatic with functioning meter cell in worn eveready case with clean 50 f/1.4 super takumar $20. New light seals for $10 (thanks Jon Goodman, down in Texas). Shot five rolls in it, and then sold it at the camera swap for $65.
I know you are in DC , is that where you saw it?
Is this exhibit traveling up the coast to NY or Mass.? How many pieces were there? Does this show have a Logo/Title?
Well, for anyone that cares, I'm off the fence for the time being. Money shortages are pushing for RC. I still have some fiber paper laying around, and I'll probably continue to mess with it. In the short term I'm planning on buying a bit of RC paper, hopefully I'll sell something and be able to afford a nice 50 sheet box of Kentmere Fineprint VC. I'm in a bit of a mad dash for cash to keep the film thing rolling and RC looks like it'll get me there the fastest.
Very nice essay, thanks for sharing your thoughts. Deep in our memories I think we all have a lovely "Rita"
Oooohh, that Rita!
Good on ya, dude!
I'm a photo junkie. There just happen to be a lot of first timers and no come backers. Lots of customers and no clientele. Go figure.
aaahh yeah... the old "the first one is free" trick.....
Thanks, guys. As to my enlarger at the store, all I have is a 22 sq ft downstairs half-privy for a darkroom and the Fujimoto fits just fine (and barely). That Beseler is a monster. I would need to learn to defy gravity while it sat on the floor in order to use it. Also, to be inverted for prolonged periods of time without passing out.
Thanks for everyone's feedback! I did a run of 8 FB prints yesterday and they all had the same problem. Paper curl in the development tray made for odd lines at the sides. Turns out you need to start with at least 4L/1gal (maybe more) of developer with 16x20 fiber and I started with 3L. It's discouraging because it took so long to turn out garbage. I'm still on the fence though I don't know how much longer I can be. I'm running low on 16x20 paper.
@TheFlyingCamera I'd love a 4 blade 16x20 easel, but the speed easel was all I could afford at the time. I have decent drying screens like you've described. I've also hung them back to back with ok results. Still, they're not flat when they're done. Might have to try the press. For 11x14 and smaller prints I use what I call a ghetto press. It's a FB print dryer and I sandwich the prints between ferrotyping plates to keep any nasties off them. It works probably about as well as ironing in a T shirt.
There is a good reason to learn on RC, namely that it takes about half as long to churn out a print. This makes it possible to learn more quickly. There's not a whole ton of learning to be done while a print sits in chemicals for 10min so why not duck that down to 5? Also RC doesn't eat chems like fiber. That stuff soaks up developer like a sponge! So if you're making "learning" prints why go through more chems than you have to and spend more time than necessary?