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  1. #21

    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Los Alamos, NM
    Multi Format
    Back in the mid-sixties I lived in a trailer for a year or so. Even in that tiny bathroom I was able to set up a fairly functional darkroom.

    For film developing, a daylight tank and a changing bag are the way to go.

    For printing, you will need a compact enlarger that you can pick up and stash in the closet. The small Beselers (e.g. Printmaker 67) are good, but I'm sure there are others as well. The enlarger sat on the toilet seat in my setup. You need four trays - three for the processing chemicals and one to hold prints pending the final wash. You can put the trays in the bathtub, but that is hard on your back. Try to find a sheet of fiberboard or plywood that will fit over the bathtub to hold them. You will also need a safelight and some empty pop bottles to store chemicals. An enlarging timer is a very useful accessory that will be high on your want list. You will need to figure out an effective way to wash and dry prints. For this setup, it is probably best to use RC paper. You can wash it in a tray using multiple rinses, rather than a continuous flow of water, and you can hang it up by a corner to dry.

    You can actually do quality work with a setup like this.

  2. #22

    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Med. Format Pan
    knee pads---- I develop in the tub, leaning over the edge....hard on the knees.

  3. #23

    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Willamette Valley, Oregon
    Medium Format
    "I have 4 containers: 1 for developer, 1 for stop bath,
    1 for fixer and 1 for Fuji Quickwash (optional)."

    One is enough. After loading the tank add a correct
    amount of one of several excellent one-shot developers
    to the correct amount of water. Stir, pour into tank then
    begin agitation. Allow two minutes twixt your series of

    Time twixt periods of agitation is used to quick rinse
    the container and dissolve or stir in a correct amount of
    fixer into a correct amount of water. Fixer can be used
    in the same manor as developer, very dilute one-shot.
    No stop bath is needed because developer build up
    in a one-shot fixer is nill.

    While the fixer is at work quick rinse the container then
    stir a correct amount of PhotoFlo into a correct amount
    of water.

    "A squeegee for wiping off excess water from negatives"

    I use a squeegee. Years ago it was a sponge type but
    have switched to an eight blade film squeegee. They are
    sold under several brand names and not cheap; $15?

    I too have little counter space. I don't mind the few
    extra minutes it takes to process using very dilute
    developers and fixers. There is a savings in time
    when cleaning-up as some can be done in
    conjunction with processing. Dan

  4. #24
    David A. Goldfarb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Honolulu, Hawai'i
    Large Format
    Another thing I've done recently is to set up a 5x7" tank line in a box--three tanks Acufine (any replenishable developer will work)/rinse/fix--all in a plastic covered storage box to reduce oxidation, keep the odor in, and store it in the closet when not in use. I often use other developers and other methods, but this is always at the ready for quick shots when I don't need pyro, and if I do need pyro, I just mix it in another tank.
    Photography (not as up to date as the flickr site)--http://www.davidagoldfarb.com/photo
    Academic (Slavic and Comparative Literature)--http://www.davidagoldfarb.com

  5. #25

    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Medium Format
    Yikes, this is a wealth of information. I just read through it all, though rather briefly.

    I'm in the middle of exams, so I apologize for not being able to respond to each post.

    Thanks for all of the help so far. I really do appreciate it!


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