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    looking to buy a dark room set

    I am really new to film photography, someone is selling a darkroom set on craigslist, but since I have not much idea about brands, models, quality of things related to darkroom equipment etc... I was wondering if any of you could give me some advice about this darkroom package.

    1.- is this set good for a newbie like me?
    2.- does it contain the basics to start developing and printing on my own?

    Thanks in advance, here is the link to his post:

    http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/pho/979620574.html

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    That looks like a great setup. You probably can flesh out the remaining things you will need for a reasonably small amount of money. (There is always something else you need . . .)

    Peter Gomena

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    That's a pretty complete setup. Like Peter said, there may be a few odds and ends you will still need, but that is a pretty good one. Good lenses, good enlarger, and good easel. Make him an offer.

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    thank you guys for the quick response and help. So the set will work and is not something really old etc... My other wonder is that I just realized I have no way to test if the enlarger is in good order, will work, is it broken?. I guess I am up to my own luck with that one?

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    Good Afternoon, Jaime,

    I agree with the other comments. The items are standard, good-quality stuff. Check the lenses for clarity and proper aperture function. Check the enlarger for any obvious damage or missing parts; the picture is too small to be sure, but I see no visible problems. Enlargers are rather simple things, and most defects are not hard to spot. If you can get the entire set-up for a few hundred dollars, you should be OK.

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    just see if the enlarge bulb turns on and off. you should be fine.

    just remember, people are almost giving darkrooms away! i turn them down all the time.

    what format do you shoot? keep an eye out for an old DII by omega. it will handle up to 4x5.

    i would say you should be able to get everything you need for under $100! especially if you are in the NYC area. i ma in kingston NY just 90miles N. if you need any help send me a PM or an e mail.

    FWIW i got an 8x10 dever enlarger with a timer, 16x20 4 blade easel, the lens all for $200! smaller enlargers are much much cheaper. i got a 23 C like you are looking at 4 years ago with everything to get me going for $75!

    eddie
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    here:

    http://newyork.craigslist.org/que/pho/981053414.html

    http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/pho/966440416.html

    http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/pho/953173328.html (i would offer 75-100. you should be able to get it for that. just call him if possible and talk. usually the phone does better than e mail. ask for a # to call him on)

    good luck.

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    I was thinking no more than $500, but he is thinking more like $800, he's got an offer already and will let me know. Are we talking to much money in here or price seems about right considering a new set will go around the $2000? If I don't buy this set I will go and do my homework, but if the deal is a steal I would like to get it and start getting my hands dirty with developing on my own.

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    ups! while typing my email some of you guys posted and I didn't see those crazy rates, it seems like for $800 he is overpricing me!

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    eddie gunks, 35mm and Mamiya RB67 Medium Format (120).

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