Linhof Super Technika III 4X5 field camera with 135mm

1 year 6 months ago #602152 by Richard K Photography
My father was into large format cameras and just one of those things I think would be fun to mess around with.  Now I'm currently look at a Linhof Super Technika III 4X5 field camera with 135mm.  What I don't know yet is if most are setting up their own darkrooms or sending out film to be processed?  

I have the space for darkroom.  But just not sure what all would be needed.  

Let me know on this please.  Thanks!


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1 year 6 months ago #602156 by fmw
Back in the day I used to process my own B&W film because I was fussy about things like contrast in the negatives.  I also processed my own E6 film.  I left the printing up to others because I didn't have a dark room.

Aside from a completely dark room you will need a film developing tank, safe light, sink, enlarger and lens appropriate to your format, timer, developing trays, tongs and some place to hang the prints to dry.  There are hundreds of other gadgets but these things would be basics.  Obviously you need supplies - chemicals, printing papers and so on.

135mm is a normal lens for 4X5.  It would be a good choice for the enlarging lens as well.

Linhof cameras and their Schneider lenses are top of the line.


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1 year 6 months ago #602162 by Nikon Shooter
I had a complete darkroom to develop all my B&W films and
plates, and I enlarged them as well. I had a colour 4x5 Beseler
enlarger to work with the C41 Ilford XP1 emulsions and normal
B&W film to prints. I did not, however, process my C41 nor E6

I still have a 4x5 Kardan GT and some RODENSTOCK lenses.

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1 year 6 months ago #602175 by Silver Fox
So many of the greats used and still use large format.  It's an experience, that's for sure.  I almost bought one last year.  Who knows, I might if I found the right deal.  


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1 year 6 months ago #602187 by effron
B&W is simple, color not so much. I sold my 4x5s a couple years ago(Graflex and a Speed Graphic), got top dollar or I'd have kept them. Set up a small darkroom and have some fun! Even an enlarger with 4X5 capabilities can be had quite cheap today....

Why so serious?
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1 year 6 months ago #602419 by Scott Innes
Let me help you out -  www.catlabs.info/

These guys have used gear and plenty of other goodies for large frame. 


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