Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/05/26

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Darkroom in a manufactured home
From: Charles Walden <>
Date: Sun, 26 May 2002 21:01:08 -0400
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I'll second all of the following, but (with a smile) will add that if us old
chemical-laden wet darkroom junkies don't get new people to continue buying
the equipment / supplies, we'll find ourselves building jobos out of parts
from edmund scientific, grinding oak galls for pyro and coating our own

but seriously, habit is strong force - I worked hard to figure out how to
make decent prints in a darkroom.  I would frankly rather spend the time
shooting, developing and printing  than climbing up a new learning curve.
even though in a few years it may become inevitable...


> For me, the reasons are as follows:
> 1. Ink jet black and white prints are great, but not the look I'm after.
> I like prints on glossy fiber paper. Ink jet prints don't look or feel
> like fiber prints on glossy paper to me. Not better, not worse, but not
> the same.
> 2. I write software all day, I'd rather do darkroom than use Photoshop
> all day.
> 3. I know how to make good prints in the darkroom. I don't know how to
> do the same in Photoshop yet. I figure the learning curve is similar.
> 4. The computer system that I'd want to do B&W printing would cost
> around $3000. This is about what making a darkroom would cost. For me
> it's a wash.
> Pete
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