Setting Up a Darkroom for 120 Euros at Home

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Well, I decided to try my hands at developing paper photo. And for that I had to set up a dark room and I don’t have a lot of space here at my home. See what I did after the jump.

I wanted to make my own dark room so that I could set it up fast and easy. Here’s how I did it for about 120 euros.

I had been checking out enlargers online and decide to get a used one I found one that cost me around 40 euros. Then I had to find paper and chemicals. Again, I went online and I purchased from an online store called First Call Photographic and there I found some chemicals and paper for around 65 euros. And it arrived pretty fast too.

Here is a list of the paper and chemicals:

  • Kentmere VC Select Glossy, 5 × 7in, paper
  • Rollei RXN Fix Neutral Odourless Fixer, 300ml Softpack
  • Rollei RHS D74 Superfine Film Developer, 300ml Softpack
  • Rollei CITRIN Citric Acid Odourless Stop Bath, 300ml  

Then I decide to get all the rest I needed as easy as I could. what I need was gloves and pans to develop in: I found some gloves and pans at the local supermarket and even some clothespins to hang the photo to dry with. It cost me around 13 euros. Then I had to get a safelight/red light. I bought some lights for a bike and used the red one and it works well. A set of those lights cost me 2 euros. I have developing tanks so I didn’t have to spend money on that.

Here are some photos of negatives I have done in my darkroom:

I’m lucky that my bathroom was the right size for a dark room for my needs. So I set up the darkroom to be taken down easily. I have done a few paper photos and I love the results. They have those really cool vintage vibes that I so love.

Here are some prints that I made:

So to sum up:

  • 40 euros for enlarger
  • 65 euros for paper and chemical
  • 13 euros for pans and gloves and so on
  • 2 euros for safelight

Total:
120 euros

written by aanum on 2012-03-07 in #gear #tipster #tipster #film-processing #development #light #lab-rat #easy #dark-room #safe

13 Comments

  1. lubiolg82
    lubiolg82 ·

    well done!!!!

  2. sirio174
    sirio174 ·

    great! I use an old Durst M301 as my favorite enlarger! long life to film photography!

  3. radiactive
    radiactive ·

    Awesome!

  4. asharnanae
    asharnanae ·

    I'd love my own darkroom at home, I can never get enough time in the one at work. I have to say though, I never bother with stop bath, I just use water, it's what I was taught at college, saves money and works just as well in my experience.

  5. aanum
    aanum ·

    yeah I know I have done that as well and will do that from now on as well

  6. marcel2cv
    marcel2cv ·

    Well done! And hooray for Kashmir! :-)

  7. som3on3ls3
    som3on3ls3 ·

    just a quick tip don't leave your prints in the fixer for too long some of your shots have fixer burn. well done for setting up the darkroom. hope you don't mind

  8. aanum
    aanum ·

    @som3on3ls3: Thanks how long should i let it sit in the fixer?

  9. som3on3ls3
    som3on3ls3 ·

    check the dev sheet with the chemicals or the paper you are using just make sure the paper is submerged immediately, most importantly is the wash after if you put a water pipe or shower hose in the wash keep it moving to keep away that foggy look, it can creep up on your prints over time experiment with test strips and enjoy!

  10. aanum
    aanum ·

    @som3on3ls3: Thanks just tried it out and it worked great. So Thanks for the help

  11. som3on3ls3
    som3on3ls3 ·

    no hassle! good luck with the magical darkroom also you can leave the shot in the dev a little longer. respect!

  12. nulambda501
    nulambda501 ·

    Very nice setup. And fantastic prints

  13. jvujnovi
    jvujnovi ·

    I love my home darkroom. Some further advice (which I should have taken), make sure the enlarger is for both 35 mm and 120 film. I'm working on getting into 120 and I'm going to have to get one that can do both.

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