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Darkroom Chemicals

Discussion in 'Through-the-Lens Club' started by MrsKitty, Dec 20, 2006.

  1. MrsKitty

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    OK, what do I need? I want to process b/w only (for now) and I will be doing prints, hopefully.

    Film developer
    Stop bath
    Fixer
    the thing that prevents water spots

    paper developer

    What else? It seems like every where I look I get a different list. I am so confused!

    I need a couple of the canisters for film too. I have two metal ones but I can't get one open. I don't want to risk that happening while I have film in a chemical! Plus the cans I have are the ones you have to open to fill and drain. I have seen ones you don't have to open. It seems to me like the ones you don't have to open would be safer?

    Other than that, a bag to stop light for transferring film into the canister, paper and chemicals, I think I have everything.
     
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    DTQ c8h10n4o2 me

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    Fred Lifetime Member Millennium Member

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    It's been so long for me, it's hard to remember. Couple things come to mind - an accurate thermometer and timer.
     
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    Yep. I don't know if I have a thermometer in my stuff but I have a digital one with two sensors so I have that covered.

    I have a huge timer. I need to make sure it works.
     
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    I will track it down.

    I think a friend has it... I remember somebody offering to loan it to me but I make it a policy to not borrow books because I am awful about returning them :couch:
     
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    don't forget good ventilation

    them chemicals smell
     
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    I love the smell of darkroom chemicals...:supergrin:

    misskitty you'll need a squeegee for the prints. and for your timer a foot operated one that synches with the enlarger is best, though any kind of timer will do.

    If you can visit someone who has a dark room or take a class. You'll learn a lot of tricks of darkroom printing that way much faster and easier, such as dodging, etc.

    I miss my darkroom.
     
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    I have a "roller" type squeegee. It had little ridges in it and is very heavy.

    I have some kind of big machine that I can't figure out. I am not sure what it is but it may be a drum dryer? It has fabric that wraps around it and it is like a big roll. I will drag it out of storage and take a pic of it when I can. All my stuff is in a building in storage and it is hard to get to it.
     
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    DTQ c8h10n4o2 me

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    Thats a dryer, originally used for fiber based paper. laying glossy paper face down results in a high gloss finnish. With the old papers there was a simple but important technique to master before trying it with "finished" prints. It involves an absolutely even contact between the dryer and the entire surface of the print, in-order to avoid water spots and uneven gloss; I'm not sure how sensitive the new papers are to uneven glossing and spotting, or if this is still necessary or will yield superior results to other methods of drying.
     
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    I used to use Ilford RC paper(resin coated), so I didn't have to mess with a dryer. :supergrin:
     
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    I can still buy that and it isn't too pricey compared to some others. Did you like it?
     
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    Yes. I used RC paper only. pretty much hassle free. no dryers, no wrinkles.....

    still looking for a film canister and film changing bag?
     
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    Yup. I went Christmas shopping for OTHERS yesterday and didn't get any further on my list :supergrin:
     
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    I had a changing bag, and a nice, plastic, 3-roll canister. I was thinking about taking them to the camera shop to put in the consignment bin to see if I could get a few bucks out of them.

    I've found the bag, but haven't found the canister yet.:sad:

    I'll let you know if I find the canister.
     
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    It is a really good thing that the closest camera shop to me is Ritz and it is an hour away...

    Really, really, really good for me... :supergrin:

    Let me know what you find!