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    Good Afternoon,Daniel,

    Ditto all the above, especially the comment by Mikeb z5! That covers my situation exactly.

    Konical

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    Really pretty easy. I converted the laundry room in my basement into a darkroom. Trays get set up on the washer and dryer and run to the wash tub for the print washing. Got a screw in safe light and just unscrew the rest. The biggest expense was the enlarger and timer. So if you've got that, man your almost there.

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    Looks like you have the basic equipment, so why not giving it a try.
    You may want to start using your bathroom as darkroom, or a basement for that matter
    As long as you can get water, electrivity and fresh air you'll be in business.

    If you are just starting don;t bother about painting walls, etc just yet. Try to develop a feeling and see if you want to go deeper into it.


    Quote Originally Posted by snaggs
    It all seems kind of daunting, I love shooting film, and a friend gave me his enlargers etc... I just dont know what to do with them and how to set them up in a normal house.

    Or given I have a large format printer (24"), should I just not bother?

    Daniel.
    Mama took my APX away.....

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    My first black and white darkroom was my bathroom. I placed the enlarger on top of the toilet, the tub held my trays.. My prints from then are just as good as the ones that I make inside of my dedicated dark room. The only difference is comfort, bells and whistles.

    Any darkroom is better than no darkroom and free enlargers sound mighty nice to me!

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    If you use a temporary darkroom like many of us here then I'd recommend the bathroom as it's much easier than the kitchen. It's much quicker to set-up and return the room to it's original use, plus much easier if your caught short

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    Nothing screams darkroom like a basement!!! I set up my darkroom in November, and have had a blast with it ever since. I have been taking photographs with 35mm and medium format for about 4 years seriously, after setting up my darkroom, I have learned more in a shorter time then I would have thought possible. I also bought a 4x5 camera, not all things about digital are bad Darkroom equipment can be had for a song now!!

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    If you are talking B&W then all the above applies. If you are talking colour, then your problem is going to be the pong from the chemicals unless you have a daylight processor such as a Jobo and the more complex processing cycle. As suggested, setup in the bathroom and give it a go: worst case is you blew a few beer tokens on chemicals and paper, best case (or possibly also the worst case ) is you are hooked!

    For B&W work, get no-odour stop bath (citric acid based) and a low-odour fixer and life will be much more pleasant in a temporary bathroom/darkroom with no, or limited, air extraction (I use Fotospeed products, but they may not be available in your location - lots of other makers do similar products). Agfa Neutol WA developer has a low odour (almost none that I can detect), has excellent dish life and is economical.

    You definitely need a book to get the basics down - try your local library.


    Have fun, Bob.

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    Watch out darkrooms are very addictive. I start in a 3x3 closet walking across the basement to a laundry tub to wash. I'm on my fifth build now. (My wife can't stay in one place for more then a few years) Built this one around the 8x10 enlarger. Hope we stay here a while.

    Don't stress out about it. You'll probably enjoy it. Good luck
    Randy

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    What' really coool about the darkroom...is that everyone has to stay out till I say its clear..hehehehehe, which is for HOURS!!!

    I squeezed mine into a 5x8 foot corner of my basement. It really wasn't that hard. A few 2x3s (I'm too cheap to use 2x4s) a piece of cheap luan plywood for wall skin and a sheet of regular plywood for workbench surfaces.

    The toughest part was running water. If you've got hot and cold and a drain, you just need to tap into them. I used an old stainless steel sink tha I had ut in my shed. You can use extension cords for power, but I tapped into a circuit that was in the basement and added a coupke of recepticles.

    Just remember, once you turn to the dark side, you may never go back...muah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!

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    Daniel,

    there were times when I was to busy or distracted to set up a darkroom although I had everything at hand. It's a small step. Looking back, not having one is harder by far. If you can do it, don't hesitate.

    Stefan

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