My darkroom from film days

jhawk1000

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Back in the film days, I had a pretty complete darkroom. It consisted of three enlargers, two of which are shown. The ones in the photo are a Philips 130/150 with an integrated dichroic head and color analyzer. The second was a Beseler with a dichroic head, Beseler color analyzer for the bigger negatives (120). I also had a dedicated thirty-five-millimeter enlarger, Durst 301 which was for black and white only. Not shown also is the wet sink used for the final rinse after the prints came out of the Jobo drum which held up to 11X14 paper. It was on the Jobo processor on the extreme right of the picture. I had a full complement of lenses for the enlargers, paper safes, safelights, inspection floodlights, different focus aids, tanks, tongs, and homemade dodging tools. I spent a lot of time in this darkroom which irritated my wife who later became my ex-wife. It was both calming and irritating since I loved the printing, hated the time it took to develop and that is why I had the daylight Jobo Processor. I could do other things except for counting in the dark. A multi-function electronic timer kept my processing times correct with alarms for each process and a very accurate thermometer to keep the temperatures within specs for color film development. I miss those days. I still have the equipment with the exception of the Jobo processor. That was a gift to a very good
friend.

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