“My email name and web name is darkroomjames for a reason-- I own two Jobo (film) processers, six LPL enlargers and one 5x7 Elwood enlarger, a Durst RCP 40 variospeed 16" tabletop paper processer, a 20" Durst RCP50 tabletop processer, two densitometers, and a hearty supply of film, paper, and chemistry leftover from the 2003 last business quarter crash. What is outdated I can test and correct for in personal use, and I have the magnificent Lake Champlain and Adirondack Mountains near Lake Placid for bountiful photo ops. (I am a little lazy and spoiled by my Kodak ESP-3 printer and my Nikon L20 camera.) But I like larger prints too. I have a 12" roll of Fuji Crystal Archive (matte) I cut to custom sizes after counter-curl rolling in the dark.
All of my machines except for cameras and densitometers are re-wired, replumbed, or hopped up for higher performance. I use 250 or 300-watt bulbs for the Saunders LPL's, and the RCP50 is replumbed for RA-4.
I use 35mm black and white film for copy negatives of antique pictures, and I ran out of Tmax film developer. The trusted answer was Unique Photo's fast supply service.
After bleaching roughly 500 8x10 and 8.5x11 sheets of color and black white paper for use on my Kodak ESP-3 printer (at the very efficient lightest setting), my Champion RA-4 bleach supply was getting low, so I again referred to the Unique Photo answer at the same time as the order for the Kodak Tmax film developer.
I placed the order by internet on Sunday afternoon, Feb 7th, 2010, and obtained the shipment Tuesday, Feb 9th in perfect shape, safely packaged. I have used Unique Photo's services ever since my Darkroom service opened in 1988, and past its closing in November of 2008.
It's amazing how many people still use disposable cameras and regular film cameras, so on an informal basis I sometimes do enlargements and film processing, for myself and others. Contact sheets can be made into a three-ring binder photo album if one uses the Print File CP35-7HB (with a pouch for the 8x10 or 8x12). Everybody has piles of mystery negatives of one sort or another, and scanning can take forever, so I offer the contact sheet service for cheap when asked.
I know I can always rely on Unique Photo for fast, cost-effective service usually one day away from internet or phone order. Keep up the good work!”
This review was modified by Darkroomjames on February 15 2010 07:35:22 AM