What is in my bag/Darkroom.


Cameras:                             Light meter:

Nikon F with Ftn finder.
Nikon F2 Sb.                                        Pentax Digital Spot.
Nikon F3.                                             Weston Euromaster with cone.
Nikon F4/s
Nikon FM2n
Nikon D200
Nikon D800
Nikon Df –  one of the most enjoyable digital cameras I have ever used.

Nikon 35Ti.
Bronica S2a.
Yashicamat 124G.
Fuji Xpro-1

Lenses & Miscellaneous gear:

Various Nikkor / Tokina lenses ~ Ai, Ais & AF: from 20mm to 200mm for 35mm cameras.
Nikkor 50, 90 & 200mm for the Bronica.

Monopod & Uniloc tripod.

Billingham bags, because they last a long time with the minimum of care.


Durst M605. Meopter Magnifax.
Schneider componon S 80mm / Nikon 50mm enlarging lenses.
RH Designs Analyser Pro & Paper flasher unit.
Nova washmaster 12×16 5 slot paper washer.
Nova 16 x 12 Slot print processor.
Jobo CPE2 print/film processor.

Way Beyond Monochrome 2    Ralph Lambrecht Chris Woodhouse. This is probably the best book I own.

Ansel Adams – The Camera, Negative & Print.  Should be read at least once by all B&W film photographers (I will probably get shot for saying that these days) But fashions change knowledge doesn’t.

All collected over several years or as gifts.

The other stuff:

Photoshop Cs6 & Lightroom along with a Canon F9950 & Plustek S7600i with Vuescan / Silverfast software.

Film & chemicals are as needed, although these days I tend to mix my own developers from dry ingredient, pre-mixed is now almost impossible to find in Oman.

The Darkroom Cookbook, The Film Developing Cookbook  by Steve Anchell & Bill Troop

Paper is mostly Ilford both Fibre & Resin Coated.

3 thoughts on “What is in my bag/Darkroom.

    1. Hello Pamela,
      You did ask………….. 🙂 sorry if it’s not what you are looking for.

      Ha……. Welcome to the world of film,
      Have a look at these people for supplies – http://www.firstcall-photographic.co.uk/
      Get them to send you a catalogue as it’s easier than looking at their site; they have everything you could need. Helpful with advise if you phone as well…….

      I should start this with a lot of questions before giving advise: but you are there & I am here 🙂

      If you only intend to scan it is very easy starting (although the scanning bit I find a challenge) but that’s just me. It can all be done in the kitchen sink so to say.
      Colour print is no more difficult than doing B&W just shorter times & hotter temperatures.

      Buy a big changing bag you will not regret it & Patterson film tanks they load well and will lasts forever (just do not put “Photo Flow” anywhere near them as it will leave a deposit on the reel that makes the film stick when loading films.

      Start with colour print film as it is very exposure tolerant and can be processed in a local lab without getting prints done: you can keep the colour or convert using the now free Nik software. https://www.google.com/nikcollection/

      B&W film does not scan well but Vuescan does a better job than most others & it is cheap https://www.hamrick.com/

      Get the best film flatbed scanner you can afford because it will allow 35mm, 6×6, & 5×4.

      Setting up a dark room is a whole lot of fun but can be expensive if you are not experienced enough: find a local one that you could use until you find what equipment is best for your own requirements.

      Ho and with B&W film expose for the shadows…….. !!! which is not what you do with your digital camera. Otherwise you will not get those lovely tones I see in your work.

      Visit the library and borrow:

      Master printing course . Tim Rudman. ISBN 1 85732 407 2

      Creative Elements Landscape photography – darkroom techniques. Eddie Ephraums.
      ISBN 0-9510147-9-X now out of print but can still be found.

      He has another book called Gradient light: but it is not worth getting when compared with the one above.


      1. This so more helpful than my initial question. I have been enjoying film so much more than digital. Thank you also for tips on the exposure for black and white film. I will definitely look into all the above. Many thanks, Pamela

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