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    Portable Darkroom Tent

    I've just seen a portable darkroom tent in Firstcall's catalogue, and wondered if anyone has used one before, or can offer some thoughts on it. It would be a good thing for me, as I can only set up my darkroom in the winter evenings when I can eliminate all the light, and then only if my accommodation is suitable. It could just be big enough for all my gear, but at over £500 its a lot of money.

    http://www.firstcall-photographic.co...-darkroom-tent

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    Interesting concept, some others who use it:
    http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subsc.../darkroom.html

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    Thank you. I'd never heard of portable darkrooms before, and now I see they're everywhere!

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    i have one at the moment and it gets me by. Don't bother with the table though. It is nothing more than a picnic table and is not very stable. I went to Ikea and purchased a fold up garden table and chair which is much more sturdy. I can either use my Magnifax or Durst M70 colour and a nova processor plus timers etc.

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    yes, I was wondering if there would be enough room for 3 dev trays as well as enlarger etc. Initial measurements suggest that it could be ok, but I'd have to actually set my darkroom gear up in an imaginary space first to make sure.

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    I also already have a folding picnic table which I use to put my enlarger on anyway, so I know that works ok.

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    I had a military surplus field darkroom tent for a while that I used for proofing Cirkut photos on site. I worked great, but was a pain to haul around and set up.

    I've generally found it very easy to make a room dark enough for developing and printing using black mulching plastic to cover windows. The portable tent seems like more trouble for less space, but perhaps more spouse friendly than taking over the bathroom.

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    You may raise eyebrows buying one of these; they appear to be more often used these days for growing *ahem* "illegal plants". Check out the product descriptions on the big auction site if there is any doubt.

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    4 ft square it pretty tight.
    But if you don't have space/facilities, you make do with what you have.

    I figure 2ft for you to work/stand in, and 2ft for the table ( or 1.5 and 2.5 if you are thin). Thus Your table is either 2 (or 2.5) ft deep x 4ft wide.
    If you need 2ft width for the enlarger, timer, etc, then you have only 2ft left for the wet side.
    If you use trays, it would have to be 5x7 trays. Or use stacked trays.
    Better would be to use a vertical slot processor or a small drum processor.
    And wet and dry will be side by side, so no splashing.
    Last edited by ac12; 03-11-2013 at 06:11 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    You can get a really big "secret Garden" grow tent for less than what this is listed at. Pot growers prefer to spend their cash on stash. You can't build one for this cheap. I am going to buy a smaller one to do wet plate out of.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/100-Reflecti...item4abb12dea5
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    So, I think the "greats" were true to their visions, once their visions no longer sucked. Ralph Barker 12/2004

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