View Full Version : what to buy for a simple darkroom setup? and what good cheap film scanner?
graduated from college, so uhh... no more darkroom access =/
i'm used to quality stuff, so i'm not sure i can go really cheap.
i'm just looking for something that can develop b+w, no printmaking. are those kits on b&h good enough?
thermometer + tank + reel? all i need?
i'm worried i wont be able to use my m6 as much unless i get this darkroom + film scanner setup
developing tank and reel is pretty much all you need. You can score some cheap ones on eBay. $15-20 and you're set. I load my film in the closet, but if you don't have a closet with a lot of space, maybe a loading bag/tent.
You can get an older Epson flat bed scanner on eBay for about $60 that will do a decent job - stick to the USB models and make sure all the film/slide adapters are included (the software can be downloaded from Epson). There are many models -- the Epson Web site supports them all well and it has full info. High-end dedicated film scanners are very expensive and the choices are limited, but the cheaper ones do an amazingly good job for the money in my view.
Canon flat beds are good too, but there are fewer film scanning models and they are more expensive. One of the better dedicated 35mm film scanners at reasonable cost is the Minolta Dimage series (perhaps $100-$150 used or so),
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