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Old 03-12-2019   #1
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Darkroom Equipment

Does anyone know a place that purchases darkroom equipment? I have a darkroom in storage that I would love to sell - Omega D2V, Gralab timers, trays,etc..
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Old 03-23-2019   #2
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Someone reply please. I'm in the same boat.

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Old 03-23-2019   #3
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I have had a very hard time giving it away and I am in a fairly large metro area. Had to throw a top of the line professional $15,000 Durst enlarger made in Germany in the trash.
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Old 03-23-2019   #4
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Unfortunately, darkroom equipment is pretty much a give away these days.
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Old 03-23-2019   #5
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craigslist, ebay, maybe donate it to goodwill or salvation army.

glenn evans might have some ideas:

http://www.glennview.com/
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Old 03-23-2019   #6
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Like others, I had a hard time finding someone willing to take my darkroom equipment for free. I still have 2-3 enlargers stored in the attic that will probably eventually end up on the curb.
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Old 03-23-2019   #7
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I'm looking for a couple of clean Omega DIIs if anybody is near the central Ohio area.
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Old 03-23-2019   #8
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There's a recent thread, maybe it was over on photrio, about how the demand for darkroom equipment seems to be rising. I'm not sure if that's true everywhere. I have a working darkroom, and am looking neither to dispose or acquire equipment. But I thought interesting to see the two contrary threads in a relatively short time.


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Old 03-23-2019   #9
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If anyone comes thru Winston Salem N.C. I have a nice Minolta enlarger with color head that needs a home. I have collected darkroom equipment for a few years now, usually for free and I've given away two darkroom setups to friends desiring a darkroom. I hope demand is growing. I also have a home made enlarger from an elderly engineer who built his own enlarger and complex electronic timer! Joe
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Old 03-24-2019   #10
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I am very surprised. Reasonable equipment in the Netherlands has competing bids.
Yea you won't get 1500 for that pro 15000$ enlarger but you won't have to dump t neither.

By the way: if anyone has a 39mm mount 135mm (or above 105mm- needs to be ok for 6x9 enlarging) enlarger lens of decent quality, throw it my way pls
OR a 4x4" lensboard for beseler with a hole large enough for my 135mm rodagon, think it's 50mm mont or so.
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Old 03-24-2019   #11
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It's a tough sell these days. I don't think you'll find anyone willing to pay money for darkroom gear, when so many are having a hard time giving it away. There ARE folks looking to find enlargers and darkroom equipment, but they seem to be few and far between, and they seem to have figured out that if they are patient and look hard enough they will find what they need for free. I used to work at B&H selling lighting, large format cameras and lenses, and darkroom stuff. I few weeks ago I was talking to a friend who still works there and I asked him if they still sell many enlargers and darkroom equipment. He laughed and said he thinks I probably sold the last enlarger they sold. (I left there almost 14 years ago.)

That said, I have an Omega D5500 chassis sitting unused I'd love to send to a good home if anyone is interested. Come take it away and use it.
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Old 03-24-2019   #12
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There's a recent thread, maybe it was over on photrio, about how the demand for darkroom equipment seems to be rising. I'm not sure if that's true everywhere. I have a working darkroom, and am looking neither to dispose or acquire equipment. But I thought interesting to see the two contrary threads in a relatively short time.

https://www.photrio.com/forum/thread...rs-now.166094/
Here is no contrary, but selective reading .

Even at this thread on ex-APUG many posted what it is not true.
Burlington Camera has run out of space, enlargers of all kinds, nobody needs them.

I mean, sure, if you are willing to depart from you money, go ahead.
But I know from film photogs in Europe, the darkroom gear is pickable by the curb over where as well.
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Old 03-25-2019   #13
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the problem here is the following, i think:
-the "for free" (incl. very cheap) available equipment indeed kills the market for good quality new darkroom stuff and for reselling used but high end and well kept items = sellers complaining
-the ""for free" (incl. very cheap) available equipment is "you get what you pay for" -although very tempting for a starter in darkroom, you sooner or later find out there's always something wrong with the stuff you got for free. It's either missing a part, or is badly misaligned, or needs some exotic bulbor powersupply, or leaks light, or the focusing rail is rusty and slipping, or such. So you end up gathering more and more of these (almost)free enlargers and all the "stuff" that comes with it, in the hope of having a well working setup eventually. = the buyers also disappointed.

For example here above an omega chassis is offered for free. But it's a chassis. Where would i get the rest to make it functional? Ebay is a crapshoot and some NOS parts do go very expensive (compared to a "free" enlarger chassis, not compared to the original new price).
Example:
I picked up locally a Beseler 45 (the manual cranked version) very excited, cost me a bottle of wine, but it only had 35mm "full frame" film holder and a non-adjustable condenser set for 4x5, and a kodak camera lens with a mount smaller than 39mmLTM with a rubber ring to "fix it" in the lensboard. It also had a sideways misaligned head.
Conclusion: Above 35mm i can't use it as there's no film holder.
At 35mm i can't use it as my 50mm el-nikkor needs a different condenser setting and this version has only one bellow (focus bellow). I can use it with longer lens (=what i do now) but then that limits the enlarging capability.
Additionally i bought some more film holders (6x6,6x9) on ebay form the US but i payed quite some money for them.
And i messed around for hours figuring out that it's sideqways misaligned int he default stand and fixing that by mcgyver "solutions".

So,- it works now OK but it wasn't really "for free" anymore.

Other example: I received almost for free in a package two separate FB print drying tools (the heatable one with canvas) incl. the ferrotyping plates which i would not use anyway. From two different owners. BUT both are missing the wire with the special plug ) so i'd need to make a plug for it as i cannot find the wire only anywhere.
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Old 03-25-2019   #14
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My darkroom kit was given to me for free. It works.
As long as it is simple setup here is not so many things which could go wrong.
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Simple enlarger will provide good print in 99.99%.
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Old 05-16-2019   #15
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If anyone in mid michigan wants to dump darkroom gear just holler. When I pickup stuff like that anything I can't use goes to others that can use it.
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I’m in Mid-Michigan and I’m thinking about letting go of my enlarger and some other stuff!
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I’m in Mid-Michigan and I’m thinking about letting go of my enlarger and some other stuff!
My last batch was a free Beseler 23c with extras that I cleaned up and fixed a couple minor problems. I checked around and found a young lady that wanted to start a darkroom so I stopped by and gifted it to her. I have 3 more teens that are the children of friends that are interested in film so I'll be giving them tanks and stuff to get them started. They can print in my darkroom once it is back up (I have to gut the storage room to dedicate to a permanent darkroom) and if they decide to build their own darkrooms I'll give them what I can. I already handed out a few cameras to them and some B&W film.
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Old 05-16-2019   #18
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Simply shooting my Rolleiflex at a classic car meet last year led to the offer of two darkrooms from older gentlemen, and my neighbour has offered me his enlarger. Given I already have three enlargers but no space for a darkroom until I move, it seems rather a shame.
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I have a bit of stuff that I will be offering up shortly. Moving to a smaller place.
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Old 06-12-2019   #20
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Hi guys,

I have been shooting for more than 10 years with rangefinders but finally I setup a darkroom for myself and made my first prints yesterday. It is hard to find darkroom equipment in Europe. I am missing a timer and easel. If anyone wants to give away a friend of mine living in Houston coming to Turkey who could bring things to me...Just saying...
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Old 06-12-2019   #21
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When I moved and lost my darkroom space, I "placed" my complete Beseler 23c kit (including color head) at the local camera shop with a "take me" sign. It sat there for quite a while before someone took it. Too bad, as it gave me many years of enjoyment.

The state university here should be a good recipient of donated gear, but after the photography prof retired and not replaced there has been a decline in the photo program.
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Old 06-12-2019   #22
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I set up a darkroom about 2 years ago. Went to pick up a Beseler 23 with many odds and ends, he was giving it away. I gave him money. What you got Keith?
I can always use some trays, or lenses....
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Old 07-29-2019   #23
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I really had trouble when I was looking for a timer as my old one stopped working. My old one was a Hauck Electronic. It must have been from before 1990 because there is "Made in Western Germany" on it. I've been using it for about 15 years.

For months I have been searching the internet, but did not find anything like it. As I make split grade prints, I need a timer with a memory because of the different exposures for one print.

One day I visited the last surviving photo shop in Amsterdam and to my surprise there was a Hauck MSA II (almost identical to a Hauck Electronic) in like new condition. EUR 90. I was very happy, but I concluded that when you are looking for something really good you won't find it. I'm afraid that most of the darkroom gear has been thrown away, also the good stuff.

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Old 07-29-2019   #24
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Trouble with enlargers are bulky and heavy so that shipping is too expensive. Local pickup is about the only option. I see hobby enlargers on ebay all the time for BIN of $20-$50 but then look down at the shipping and they want $50-$70.
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Does anyone know a place that purchases darkroom equipment? I have a darkroom in storage that I would love to sell - Omega D2V, Gralab timers, trays,etc..
I swear I posted this yesterday, but maybe I didn't.

Some time in the next 6-8 weeks or so I will be moving, and hopefully working again. I'd be happy to come to some arrangement with you, if that timeline works for you.
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