Thanks again for all of the extremely helpful information!
Judging from the photos in the Darkroom Portraits thread, my bathroom is probably about the same size as David Goldfarb's. I love the cart set up; I have seen carts at IKEA that look very appropriate, and using the cart would give me more flexibility when choosing an enlarger.
Using a cart would broaden my options to include whatever I can haul up to my 4th floor walk-up apartment with the help of a friend and can fit through the bathroom door (i.e. something 23" wide or less). There is an Omega D2 in my area...is that too heavy for 2-3 people to drag up a few flights of stairs?
TheFlyingCamera, I'd be very interested in those plans! I'd be most grateful if you could email them to me at krobel [at] berkeley.edu.
Depend on the people. I think personally I could move it myself.
Usually you can take things apart with most enlargers. Remove the head. Maybe the baseboard. It makes them lighter but also easier to move in a confined space. Plus if you take the head off you're less likely to drop the head with it's condensors.
This sort of thing can be useful in shipping an enlarger or in getting it to the 4th-floor apartment that rkathleen mentions. I wouldn't want to rely on it to get the enlarger in and out of a makeshift bathroom darkroom on a regular basis, though. (An exception might be a small enlarger that's designed to be broken down and reassembled quickly, like one of the "suitcase" models I and others have mentioned.)
Originally Posted by Nick Zentena
I'm just using an ordinary rolling typewriter table (do they still make those?), but if you don't need to fit the enlarger over the toilet, I've seen some carts that people have built with the enlarger column bolted to the cart, a multi-level enlarging stage in the form of a shelf that can be set at different levels, and a storage cabinet underneath. I think there may be plans for such a thing in the old _Morgan and Morgan Darkroom Book_.
That may be though processing conventionally an eight
Originally Posted by TheFlyingCamera
slot processor would be needed to duplicate what I
can do with one tray. That is, develop, stop, fix1,
rinse, fix2, rinse, hca, and rinse. If toning is to
be done it can follow in that same one tray.
A second tray is needed for holding and for use
when employing the two tray wash method.
Single tray and rotary processing are similar. Each have
in common the use of a single container for all chemistry
and it's in and out with each next step. As with rotary
the chemistry can be used again, or as some do, it
can be used one-shot. Dan
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Yes, but Dan, with the three-slot processor, I can have one print in each slot at the same time. I've never seen a tube that will let me process three 16x20 prints simultaneously. If you're looking for improved speed efficiency, single tray processing is NOT the way to go. If you put decent sized drains on the vertical processor, you can do what you're doing by draining the chems out of each slot between each print, and then refill. However, this produces two side effects- one, cross-contamination (still happens with tubes too, but to a lesser degree because you're using lower chemistry volumes) and greater chemical waste. Between what you lose to oxidation/evaporation and what you lose to spillage, single tray processing is far less efficient.
Originally Posted by dancqu
No - it's heavy, but one reasonably fit person can schlep it.
Originally Posted by rkathleen
Practically, a more significantly concern is transporting it. When I picked up my DII (precursor to the D2), I was driving a Saturn, and it wouldn't fit into the trunk. Had to removed it from the baseboard (easy to do), and even I had to go home to get my wife's station wagon.
I do all my processing in light-tight tanks (film) or tubes (paper). My Beseler 67C sits on a microwave cart with two shelves below. Each of the shelves holds a rubbermaid bin - together they are almost big enough to hold all my darkroom equipment.
With the tubes, you lose the benefit of seeing the image on the paper appearing as if by magic, but you gain the benefit of doing all the processing steps in the light. In my case, that means the kitchen counter, complete with window view.