Welcome to the wonderful world of B&W photography! I don't know how old you are, but I set up my first darkroom when I was 12 in a spare closet in the basement.
To answer your question, you don't need stop bath for film. I simply fill the developing tank with plain water, agitate it a few times, drain, and repeat a second time. Then fix.
I suggest too that you will get more answers if you post your questions in the forums rather than in a blog. Good luck with your darkroom.
Best wishes to you as well.
APUG is indeed addictive.
You'll recieve far more help if you post this in the 'Darkroom Equipment' section of the forum.
Well spotted, thanks. I'm not going to bring it up with them since they issue new ones every 3 months and we all know how quickly time likes to tick.
Domenico, just do it then.
Great effort. Well done. I noticed that the termination date of the letter is not quite correct...should it not read 2009? Not that important, since the idea is wonderful. k
This is just great.
Makes me want to make it as well.
I'm enjoying this as well. I would like to see our opinions as we progress through the Pulitzer Prize winning body of work.
Recently I got a:
Canon T50 w 1.8 lens for $17. Broken.
Hollywood Cadet tripod $5.
SLIK Universal U-102 tripod $6.
Mahogany tripod $2.
Tungsten lamp w 150watt bulb $1.
Canon Sureshot SD 500, no card w charger $10.
Epson Perfection 3200 scanner without film rack, charger or software for $15
Minolta Auto200X flash w case $4.
Promatic FTD 4000 flash $4 in box, corroded.
Pentax A3000 ready to go with batteries $14.
Minolta Freedom Dual compact 25cents.
Canon Shure Shot broken $3.
SV Kenlock 200 SQ tripod $6.
Pentax camera bag 25 cents.
Sears Auto 35 $4
And the piece de resistance, a Canon AF35ML w case for $10. One of the guys on this blog called the AF35ML a "future classic". It "has the fastest lens of any automatic compact camera ever". It has all the convenience of a Canon Sure Shot with the big lens of a Canonet. It is light and compact. I think the AF35ML gets put in the junker bins because they are dark and not as brilliant looking as the older cameras. I put normal batteries in and it functions well so far. The integral flash should make my life easier, because I'm getting tired of lugging around a lot of gear.
I almost bought a new DSLR yesterday. It took me about a day to figure out that it only had a lens the size of my Canon Sure Shot. I told the clerk, "I need at least a 1.7 lens." She replied, "A lens that size will cost you thousands." I said: "I've got a bunch of old cameras for less than $20 with even bigger lenses." Sometimes I don't know just what kind of consumer I really am.
I have always enjoyed your writing. Nice photograph of the kids, too.
Enjoy; Ralph Javins
To err is film. To really foul things up you need a computer based camera.