Best darkroom equipment: photo enlargers, film tanks, trays, safelights

Best darkroom equipment
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Looking for the best darkroom equipment to get you set up for developing your own film, and for printing your own photographs? This guide will help you pick the best enlargers, best light for your darkroom, best film developing tank, and more – so that you can get started in with your home darkroom.

For the past 20 years we’ve discussed which equipment you needed to set up your own digital darkroom – or dry lab – with the benefits of being able to avoid trays of smelly chemicals required in the ‘old days’ of film processing and wet labs, not to mention the trial and error. 

Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 


His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.


He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.