So out of boredom I’ve started putting together a makeshift darkroom in my apartment. Its cobbled together mostly from stuff left in my parents basement.
The circular Gralab timer is being replace by a model 451, which is much easier to work with, i’m anxiously awaiting its arrival. I’m trying to find some proper safe lights on Craigslist, right now I’ve just got some filters slapped infront of 15w bulbs. Its works, but its a bit dim and uneven. The enlarger is a Lentar L66, which according to Google doesn’t exist. I only have a 35mm negative carrier for it, so I’ve had to make one for 120 out of a pizza box and electrical tape. Its works, I’m just waiting for it to light on fire. Results so far have been ok, although things will greatly improve when I can time exposures properly. I scanned a few prints, these were just quick and dirty, I printed them just to make sure everything was functional. These were shot on an old Yashica 120 on Fujicolor 400H (yes, color!), I printed them in black and white for kicks, I like the contrast it gave me, I might try doing this more in the future. Many thanks to Jon for being his bad self.
In going through my parents basement looking for Darkroom Equipment, I came across an old Kodak Vigilant 620, still in its original box. A few years back my neighbor bought a lot of cameras at an estate sale, someone who had owned a camera store was getting rid of all their old stock. My neighbor gave me all the cameras to sell, most of which ended up on ebay. This Vigilant was one of the few that didn’t. I brought it back to my apartment just to stick on a shelf. I was messing around with it the other day when I noticed that it still had film in it! At first I thought it was just some old Black and White, but it turns out it was actually some Kodacolor from the late 70′s. It has to be developed using a really old process, C-22, there are only a few labs left in the country that can handle that process, and they arent exactly cheap. I’m considering splurging and sending it out, i’m just nervous it’ll come back blank. What should I do?