OK I now have the printing bug, not that I am any good but I do enjoy it. I've realised that if I were to treat myself to gear it would be for the dsrkroom not studio stuff or camera stuff. I shoot mainly 66 BW but some chromes and colour , 35mm is almost all transparency. I print 8x10 RC but have recently tried (and enjoyed) 10 x 12 BF
So I welcome your comments on my list of possible purchases, in order of preference.
1- More/different films to try out - Cost £30
2- A good s/h easel to replace my cheap and cheerful 8x10 -I like the look of a s/h beard 12 x 10 at £55-£90 depending on condition.
3- An ilford EM10 to play with, don't expect a lot from it but it might be fun ! -£5
4- Dish warmer to get my temperatures accurately controlled (and allow non room temp colour work) - £100 new
5- A s/h 4 or new 3 bladed easel so I can print my sq negs in the middle of the paper ! - £120
6- A processor (Jobo or Nova) to take the grief out of set up, not sure about this one - £100-£200 depending on what I get.
7: - Something like a s/h Zonemaster, but it does look a bit of a solution trying to find a problem for my limited output.-£90
I already have a fridge and several types of paper/print developer so those are not currently on my list. Of course if anyone can come up with a good reason to buy a de vere enlarger which would convince my wife it would be gratefully received
Thanks ; Chris Benton