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04-15-2018, 05:00 PM   #1
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Wow! How this takes me back in time!

I came across this ad in the local Craig's List.... and it sure did bring back a lot of memories. Some good.... others..... um.... well.... er.... let's just say I really like my K-50!


DARKROOM EQUIPMENT AND CAMERAS - photo/video - by owner - electronics sale

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QuoteOriginally posted by Dewman Quote
I came across this ad in the local Craig's List.... and it sure did bring back a lot of memories. Some good.... others..... um.... well.... er.... let's just say I really like my K-50!


DARKROOM EQUIPMENT AND CAMERAS - photo/video - by owner - electronics sale
Prices seem a little high given that many of those items are available new for about the same money.
  • Zeiss folders!!!
  • I would be mildly interested in the Kindermann daylight tanks if the lids and traps are in good order. They are soooo leak resistant.
  • I have a Beseler CT20 timer. It is a sweet unit.
  • Oh...Photix temp control...be still my beating heart...
OK, enough stimulation for one day...


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And to think, 10-15 years ago you couldn't give your darkroom equipment away. That may be a wee bit of an exaggeration but
I do remember seeing many, many once very expensive enlargers being offered for peanuts. Or offered for free to anyone willing
to haul away the bulky beasts. Or sitting in a dumpster, presumably because no one answered the ad for a free enlarger.
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Who uses this type of equipment these days? I have actually thought about doing film, but decided against it. Did you notice the ad's contact information: Respond by telephone only. Do not text or email. Please call at 2 zero 8-Nine 39-2 six 32.

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I’m buying a complete darkroom tomorrow, and I’m very excited. Maybe I’m overpaying, but they never seem to come available around these parts, and this is a complete 4x5 setup including camera and enlarger for $500. He has holders for 35 and 6x7, but not sure about lenses, so I may have to buy a few enlarger lenses, but I am looking forward to removing computers from the photography process. (I spend 8-10 hours a day working on computers, the last thing I want to do for a hobby is use a computer.)
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There was a lot more available a decade or so ago. I got a 4X5 enlarge for $30 that had been donated by the city police, got a darkroom for the sink for 30 bucks, 4 current top end enlarging lenses for free and a 5◊7 Elwood enlarge for free.
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Who uses this type of equipment these days?

I see nothing unusual here, you should see Christopher Burkett's darkroom O.O The man shoot large format and do magnificent 40x50 cibachrome colour prints.


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I have actually thought about doing film, but decided against it.

Film processing is very rewarding, it always makes me smile when I open the tank and see the negative.
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Who uses this type of equipment these days?
Ummmmm...me


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Maybe I’m overpaying, but they never seem to come available around these parts, and this is a complete 4x5 setup including camera and enlarger for $500.
Including camera? No you are not overpaying. Does the camera come with any lenses?


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QuoteOriginally posted by abruzzi Quote
Iím buying a complete darkroom tomorrow, and Iím very excited.
Are you going to be doing color?
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Brings tears to my eyes. And I want to move to Idaho Falls too. Just haven't convinced the wife how great it would be. I haven"t thought of Cibachrome in a long, long time.

Every photographer should experience the magic of working in a darkroom and seeing a B&W print come to life. Digital photography is so dry and sterile by comparison. A well laid out darkroom is a joy to use.
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QuoteOriginally posted by gaweidert Quote
Every photographer should experience the magic of working in a darkroom and seeing a B&W print come to life.
Digital photography is so dry and sterile by comparison. A well laid out darkroom is a joy to use.

Agree 100%+.

Making wet prints of my own negatives in the darkroom is my absolute favorite part of the photographic process!

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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
Including camera? No you are not overpaying. Does the camera come with any lenses?


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No lenses, but it seems you can get them for not too much

It turns out there was two enlargers included in the deal. Both Omegas, one was a D2 with a variable condenser head, the other was a D3 or D4 (can’t tell) with a color head. The later enlarger is kind of f-ed up the autofocus mechanism is tweaked, but the D2 is in great shape and fully functional, and the color head will move over.

I doubt I’ll do color for a while. It’s been 20 years since I printed with someone else’s equipment, so I need some time to start with the easy stuff.
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I still have all of my darkroom equipment (except for my negative developing equipment) stowed in boxes. They have been for many years as I’ve not had a place to set it up. But we are selling our house and moving in a couple of months and the house I’m looking at will have the perfect place for a darkroom. I’ve almost convinced the wife we NEED that house...
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I still own the Philips PCS 130/150 Tri-one-colour with two lenses the Componon f/5.6 80mm and the Rodenstok Rodagon f/2.8 50mm,
I sold the PCS-130 control unit and color analyzer, maybe now I will print in B/W

Besides the B/W I worked a lot with the Cibachrome and an Agfa acetate support that disappeared shortly after, with the Cibachrome you get very bright and saturated colors.

Unfortunately the digital is erasing a bit of all this.

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