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    Something I was taught as an apprentice was to sit in the darkroom for 15 minutes. If you can see ANYTHING after that time it's NOT dark. I would certainly not load a darkslide or dev.tank.
    I'm into painting with light - NOT painting by numbers!

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    For my print darkroom I used a few layrs of gaffer tape over the white LEDs (which Apple so likes). I left the one red one (which is right by where I keep the safelight). I load fim in a cupboard thats much darker and has nothing in it (well it doubles for wine storage) - am much more paranoid...

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    Total darkness is good but I have to admit I have never had a darkroom that did not leak a little light every once and awhile.

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    I load my tanks in a Photoflex "Changing Room" bag, also sold by Calumet with its name for the brand for less. This bag is large enough for 4" x 5" work so I have plenty of room for 135 and 120 film loading. That solved my problem and allows me to travel with an emergency darkroom for camera problems.

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    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    Inexpensive electrical/insulating tape from any 99-cent store works wonders. Easy to find, cheap, and has a zillion uses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Shively View Post
    Total darkness is good but I have to admit I have never
    had a darkroom that did not leak a little light every
    once and awhile.
    I've a darkroom which leaks continuously but I don't
    worry because experience has taught me that a very
    low level of visible light is OK. Also the eye is very
    sensitive and will see light where slow speed
    photographic material will not.

    I see leaks under the door, around the door frame, and via
    a partition. When loading a reel I and the film are out of the
    line of sight so no problem. Some darkroom workers worry
    too much. Dan

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    dancqu, if you have never worked in a completely dark darkroom, how can you tell how good your results could be?
    I'm into painting with light - NOT painting by numbers!

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    I keep my dark, dark. For me, it's better than wondering what I am getting away with.

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    It's amazing how much light in a darkroom will not even fog film.

    I have developed film by inspection in the light of all the light leaks. I have also developed the same types of films, sometimes the "backup sheet" from the same shot, in light-tight drums (JOBO).

    There is absolutely no difference in the base fog.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allan Swindles View Post
    dancqu, if you have never worked in a completely
    dark darkroom, how can you tell how good your
    results could be?
    I've been assigned to several darkrooms and
    assumed them to be dark; dark enough. No
    complaints.

    Darkrooms I've put together are reasonably
    light tight; dark enough. Snow whites and
    low values of fb+f. Dan

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