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    Don't know what to do, have a bunch of darkroom gear

    Hello all.

    I'm somewhat new here (but have lurked a bit).

    I don't know what to do, but have a bunch of darkroom gear, some of it relatively high-end (e.g. Saunders LPL4500, Leitz Focomat IIc, Leitz Focomat V35).

    The last time any of this was used was 9 years ago, but it has been all carefully stored in my upstairs room of the house.

    I wish I could set up a permanent darkroom, but it isn't looking likely.

    So - sell it? Keep it? Find someone to share it?

    Any ideas?

    Vick

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    Your stuff is pretty high end, so you probably don't want to just give it away. I just gave away my third set of darkroom equip to a young woman who wanted to start a darkroom. It was all old, clunky, serviceable stuff. I always hang on to old stuff to give away. I figure it's just my way of getting folks started back in the darkroom.
    Rick Jason.
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    Keep it

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    If you don't need the money and can store it, keep it. Can you use some of it to set up a part time darkroom in the bath, kitchen, laundry room?
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    keep the IIc and V35 or you'll regret it esp if the v35 has the mg module

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    Only you can answer THAT question.....

    I'm sure you can find buyers for your gear if you want to sell them. Once you sell them, you aren't likely to find one just like it available. Are you going to miss them? Do you ever see yourself using them? Are you interested in using them? It doesn't take much to setup a temporary darkroom. Maybe see if you even want to do that??
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaggysk8 View Post
    Keep it
    Yeah, what he said. Added most emphatically.
    Thank you.
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    Oh, thanks all. Maybe that's what I need - moral support to keep the gear. I wish I'd win the lottery, then I'd build myself a darkroom.

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    You don't need a whole lot to build a simple darkroom. Bathrooms and basements are great places. It is also not 100% Necessary to have running water in the darkroom......
    Helping to save analog photography one exposure at a time

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    Bring it out and use it .

    I left a whole bunch of darkroom stuff stored with my parents for a long time because I thought that it was better to borrow darkroom space (on an infrequent basis) rather than make do with apartment bathrooms.

    I was so wrong!

    Take a look at the darkroom portraits thread, and you will see a whole bunch of bathroom darkrooms, including mine.

    In the case of mine, it should be updated. I now have an Omega D6 4x5 enlarger on a cart.

    Here's a link:

    http://www.apug.org/forums/forum43/1...tml#post730908

    Matt

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