My current darkroom (pictured above) is much better equipped than the one I designed, built and equipped for an employer in the 1980s. However, I am sure that I spent a lot less (even in inflation adjusted dollars) than the "professional" 1980s one cost my boss. Analog gear is so cheap now, I have things I could have never dreamed of even 15 years ago. And, it just accumulates.
Originally Posted by MartinP
So, yes, it is possible to do a lot more with a bit less. But if you have the space and the resources, it's just nice to have better tools.