PhotoMidwest members have access to PhotoMidwest's new darkroom.
Film developing equipment is available for 35mm up to 4x5" sheet film. There are both adjustable, ratcheting, Paterson Auto-Load developing reels and traditional metal reels for 35mm and 120/220 film. 4x5" sheet film processing can be done by five different methods, most notably in an HP Combi Plan tank which can accommodate up to 12 sheets at once using screen spacers. Wet film can be hung in the heated, filtered air, drying cabinet; film on metal developing reels can also be dried on our blower drier.
We have three excellent enlargers, a soon-to-arrive Beseler 45 (replacing the Leitz Focomat V35) and two Saunders/Omega/LPL 4500 series enlargers that can enlarge negative sizes from 35mm up to 4x5".
All three enlargers are equipped with heads that can be used with variable contrast paper. The LPL 4500 enlarger heads are Variable Contrast Constant Exposure heads that minimize changes in exposure time when the contrast grade is changed while the Beseler has a color head that can adjusted for variable contrast papers. The Beseler has both a condenser head (higher contrast and sharper) and a diffuse source head (lower contrast, less sharp, and less problems with dust etc.).
Enlarging easels and print developing trays are available for prints up to 23 x 25". We have an archival print washer, that accommodates up to 17 x 21" prints. There are two heated print dryers.
The darkroom is well lit due to our two Thomas Duplex Supersafelights which use low pressure sodium vapor bulbs.
PhotoMidwest members can reserve darkroom time by the hour online in real-time on the PhotoMidwest website. Payment for darkroom time is also done online via the website.