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11-12-2008, 05:45 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisPlatt Quote
I recently had trouble giving away a nice Omega B66 on craigslist...

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I have an older Beseler 45MCR chassis that I would love to get rid of. I had a guy in Philadelphia interested in it, but it seems it would cost more to ship the thing than it is worth.
When we moved the studio, we had a bunch of film printing equipment, package printers, enlargers, wide body paper processors, and the like that were never, ever going to be used again in our business environment.
We had zero interest from the marketplace, and the stuff ended up being hauled away for scrap.
It was a sad day.

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I know. From all the ads I've seen for darkroom gear, it's great value, but pick-up only. I got an LPL for $50...but it's got no lens.

If anyone's looking to sell me one cheap (ie, $50 - doesn't have to be a Schneider or anything), send me a PM. Though it will have to depend on my finances at the time.

I've a crippling film addiction, after all.
11-21-2008, 10:20 AM   #18
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Ebay's good for enlarging lenses. With a little patience you can get nice stuff a lot cheaper than fifty dollars. The less exotic Nikkors can be had for about that, and there's your usual assorsement of Omegars and Beslars. Unlike enlargers themselves, the lenses are easy to ship. Picked up a Nikkor 50 2.8 there *quite* cheaply, (it was a bit of a gamble, given lousy picture of it, but I was the only bidder and it paid off, it seems.) Probably paid even less for a 75mm Omegar for my 645 work. (which... *duck* is Mamiya, not Pentax )

Actually, at the very moment I'm doing a bit of, err, custom cabinetry to cram a Beseler 23CII into the little office space that is going to be doubling as the dry side of my improvised darkroom, here. (Lucked into that on Ebay, too, made a fourty dollar offer on it cause it chanced to be right up the street. Yay. )

It's a pity to hear about all the lovely enlargers going without homes, ...especially just cause shipping a thing like that is so steep. Of course, that can mean that some people will be very flexible on price when they just want them out of the way.
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I should probably sell my enlarger and darkroom setup. I have a LPL 67CXL (color head) with a 50mm Schneider Componon-S. It has not been used for at least 10 years and it is a shame to such a nice instrument just sitting in a closet.

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(No developer stains on my fingers...)

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Reading this reminded me of the old days when I had a darkroom, but thats all PC.............................................................................. pre kids.

Darkroom became nursery.
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*sweeping up sawdust.* Ah, well, as of today, there's one new darkroom *going into* service. Well,as soon as I check for square and mix the Dektol.
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well done you are a winner, welcome to this great experience, leave the computer for porn lol
Hee. I was just missing the 'experience.' (printing other people's stuff for a living can put a damper on that enthusiasm. )

The question now is how to keep my chemicals from getting too cold in the trays out there. (Does anyone know about this situation? My wet side is in an unheated laundry room, and the season's caught up with me. This isn't the most convenient setup, ever, right now. But it's a setup.
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Hee. I was just missing the 'experience.' (printing other people's stuff for a living can put a damper on that enthusiasm. )

The question now is how to keep my chemicals from getting too cold in the trays out there. (Does anyone know about this situation? My wet side is in an unheated laundry room, and the season's caught up with me. This isn't the most convenient setup, ever, right now. But it's a setup.
I have used a space heater in the past. In any case, the recommended temperature for B&W is about 68 F (20 C). If your room temperature is 70 F, you will be fine. The developer temperature is not particularly critical since the time in the soup is pretty much by visual examination. The other baths and the wash water should all about the same as the developer.

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I used to use things called tray heaters, did exactly as described, worked really well with thermostatic controls and weren't that expensive.
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Aquarium heaters also work great, are not expensive and can be found in L shape.

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I used to use things called tray heaters, did exactly as described, worked really well with thermostatic controls and weren't that expensive.
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Aha. Aquarium heaters... That's interesting. I do have a nice little space heater, though I don't know what it'd take to actually keep the whole shed warm. Winter's short, here, but I expect to need to use it just to keep me from suffering ill effects. The way things are is that I'll be doing the enlarger work in my officey space, putting exposed paper in a paper-safe, and running out to the shed to process it. Obviously not an ideal arrangement, but it's kind of what I can do, short of using the bathtub. Which I suppose is an option, at least for stuff up to 8x10, if I can cover a window in there.

Said window is *in* the shower, which presents challenges in this regard, but now that I think of it, it might be worth the hassle, at least from the standpoint of having had a serious cold for a few days.
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I used to use a heating pad like you could get from the drugstore. It wasn't perfect - had no thermostat so I would turn it on for a bit, then off again. I only used it under the developer tray and figured the stop bath and fixer could be a littler cooler without causing much of a problem.
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