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Shrinking the Darkroom

Tim Gilbert

Shrinking the Darkroom

The Deck is stacked in your favor So you want to make your own darkroom prints but your bathroom isn't big enough for all the equipment. Here's a rendering of our solution: The trays are stacked in a staggered configuration with a built-in print washer. (Yeah, we know people have stacked trays before but we've added a twist or two, read on.) The 8x10 version will fit in a 16" x 16" space. Disassembles for cleaning and storage. The print washer would have 6-10 slots, each with its own water inlet/outlet. Regarding the figure above: top port is the outlet,...

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Featured artist: Evan Baines

Tim Gilbert

Featured artist: Evan Baines

Sorry, we forgot to update the links in the photos for Tim Williams interview:https://shop.stearmanpress.com/blogs/news/featured-artist-tim-williams   Editor's note: this is the first of our series highlighting various artists. Rather than focusing on the typical technical details, our goal to explore their philosophies and motivations.   BIO:Evan Baines is a former professional photographer who now pursues photography purely for the passion. He served as an enlisted US Army Medic in 5th Special Forces Group and is now a US Army Physician. He works mostly with black and white film. His projects include a military portrait project, a documentary project on American food...

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SP-2810 update

Tim Gilbert

SP-2810 update

Here's the Kickstarter update for those that missed it: It's obvious (statistically speaking) that this campaign isn't going to reach it's funding goal. Rather than watch it die a slow death, we've decided to simply cancel it. We appreciate your support and your feedback.  We'll be reviewing what we've learned and hope to relaunch in the near future.  Any new project will need to accommodate as many film sizes as possible; handle up to four sheets of 8x10 and use less than two liters of chemistry. As always, your comments and suggestions are appreciated.

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SP-2810: 8x10 film processing system

Tim Gilbert

SP-2810: 8x10 film processing system

The first prototype of the SP-2810 should arrive next week. It's a monster: over 12" high and 14" long and holds almost two liters of solution. It will accept two film holders, allowing you to process two sheets of 8x10 film at a time. (Click on the above image to download the full size rendering.) The design is symmetric: either port can be used as a fill/drain. Or use them both at the same time, if you're that coordinated. (Here's a more detailed pdf: Cut away drawing) One of the challenges we faced was designing a film holder that was...

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Adventures with a Kodak Aero Ektar 178mm F/2.5

Tim Gilbert

Adventures with a Kodak Aero Ektar 178mm F/2.5

Kodak Aero Ektar 7" f/2.5 It's a work of art. Over three pounds of brass, aluminum and glass (some of which is radioactive.) Originally designed for high altitude recon photos, (when cost was no object), this particular lens was built in 1944. It had seen better days. The aluminum barrel showed internal corrosion and the coatings were worn off the glass elements. The lens had some haze, and while the aperture blades worked, they seemed a bit sticky. Step one: take it apart. The bag at the top is holding some of the tiny screws. And yes, the yellowed lenses...

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