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I opted now for a Flair signature and am very curious about the experience. It reflects my way of photography nicely: mostly manual, no frills. All what is needed is a good grinder (in my case a manual one, naturally), good coffee, and a kettle.
Wow,I recommend an Ars-Imago Lab Box. Heck with loading in the darkroom or changing bag ... do it all on the kitchen counter in the light. I've been processing all my film with one of these (and their Agfa predecessors, the Rondix 35, Rondinax 35, and Rondinax 60) for years now. Very reliable loading, easy to clean up afterwards too. It is available with 35mm or 35mm and 120 film modules (get the latter...).
I gave you the link to the Lab Box on B&H, but you can get it from a few other sources as well. The Agfa Rondinax 60 can be found on Ebay for a little less money but are a bit harder to find, and most of them seem to be in Europe or the United Kingdom; shipping is costly.
I loaded up my Fuji GS645S Wide 60 today, so lets see how long it takes me to make 15 exposures with it. Once that's exposed, I'll video loading the Lab Box.Wow,
I would love to see a video of the Lab-Box in use!
For a number of years I have used the Photoflex Changing Room Portable Darkroom. And Hewes steel reels with never a problem!
But that old 120 off brand steel reel was a disaster.
BH has a Hewes reel but the Lab-Box sure looks interesting!!! Thanks for sharing, Godfrey!
Yesterday I scanned two 35mm films, 72 frames at 4000ppi auto everything. I timed 4h 30min. That was as fast as my Plustek Opticfilm 120 was able to work. But I am not so satisfied with all the grain (Fuji Superia 200) compared to 120 chromes. I used Vuescan, because it is faster than Silverfast. I think I must go back to 120. ISO 200 is useful, though, in October and November.Cold weather (and the holiday season) is here!
I think I am in a good place. With a ton of MF digital images to process and new 120 film, and Rodinal, being delivered this week, I can’t wait for the long cold winter evenings. A warm fire, a cup of Lavazza Gran Selezione, and I am set except for scanning. (Still have to send 120 negatives out to my buddy’s photo shop.)
I scan all my 135 negatives, though.
It took awhile for me to find the right coffee and for now, Lavazza (Keurig) in the morning (maybe evening as well) and Illy Classico for a Moka in the afternoon.