Ash, Sidearm, do not pine for for Swedish perfection. Take one week's lunch money down to the camera store and buy a Canonet QL17 for about $25. Yes, it was made 40 years ago, but there are millions out there, and most of them still work. You will have a pro-quality lens in a fast, practical camera body. Not as wide as a 60 on 6x6, of course, but wide enough to feel wide if you use it thoughtfully. And, competitive with any single camera-lens combination I can think of .... don't let lens lust destroy your young life, Sidearm! Go and Shoot!
Thats a pretty nice selection. I must admit I can hardly pass up buying a used photo related book. I must have over a hundred by now. I always seem to learn a little from each one.
Yeah, an XG-M is so easy to sneak through the checking account police as long as I don't get stupid G.A.S. happy and get four at a time.
Well done Lori!
WoooHooo!. Yesterday was the most fun I've had in a long time. I printed around 15 8x10's. I only had a 25 pack of 8x10 paper. I'll have to get more. I do have a lot of 5x7 and 11x14 (i think) paper. There were lots of errors but they all helped me learn. I can look at one of my negatives and somewhat tell how long I should expose it. I found that just counting was far more easy than useing the timers. I have the enlarger plugged into the timer because it has a switch that is far easier than unplugging. I didn't want to quit and almost missed my leaders meeting last night! I was good though and went. I just covered my trays with plastic and will do some more printing today. I found a few light leaks that I'll have to fix first. I'm at the don't care what it looks like I'll use duct tape stage of that! Thank you to everyone who has helped me get here. I love printing. I do have to work on my camera work though to make printing a little easier! I have a darkroom. Oh Yeah!
'Don't you have enough cameras yet?'
Silly question. And film stuff goes so cheaply on E-bay these days...
It is so hard not to get everything moved in now!!! Well, ive moved some stuff in. My paper and film is in the fridge. I've tried out my gray lab timer and it works! I've put on the safelight (it works too!). I've sorted my trays and other supplies. I've planned and planned! I've reread a couple of chapters on printing in a couple of my photography books. We are at the point of just sealing off any light leaks now. Ed spent all day (while I slept as I work nights) sitting in the room finding light leaks and fixing them. I should be able to print tomorrow so I'm mixing up the dektol tonight!!! Yeah!!! I can tell it will be worth it! My own space to create! It is so exciteing! Lori
My first darkroom was a corner of a detached garage; the second was the loft above the garage. My God, the heat in the summer! When we bought this house I literally dreamed of the darkroom I would build in the basement. It's a small house with a small basement and I got a corner of it -- it doesn't matter. My darkroom is less than 6 feet square and I don't care, it has air conditioning and running water and it's all mine!
It's worth the wait, you'll see.
I like that, Mike. 'The makings of destiny, oh, I mean, density.' - George McFly, kinda.
Anyway, we have lessons learned.
1. Shamwows absorb the water after washing but do not remove it from the surface of the print. However ten minutes in front of a fan running low rev dried them out. Just that quick.
2. Be slow and methodical. I opened the bag of paper whilst in the midst of a mewber. Left the enlarger lit. Slight exposure marks in the corners and only two sheets left in the box. lucked out on that one.
3. Learn how to use the grain enlarger. The prints look good but I know that upon further inspection the focus will still be off.
That's it for now.
The makings of destiny.
That should be "The makings of density"!
Sorry, couldn't resist. It gets addictive, doesn't it?