Best darkroom equipment in UK: 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 eschew the trays of smelly chemicals required in the ‘old days’ of film processing and wet labs, not to mention the trial and error. 

Gavin Stoker

Gavin has over 30 years’ experience of writing about photography and television. He is currently the editor of British Photographic Industry News, and previously served as editor of Which Digital Camera and deputy editor of Total Digital Photography


He has also written for a wide range of publications including T3, BBC Focus, Empire, NME, Radio Times, MacWorld, Computer Active, What Digital Camera and the Rough Guide books.


With his wealth of knowledge, Gavin is well placed to recognize great camera deals and recommend the best products in Digital Camera World’s buying guides. He also writes on a number of specialist subjects including binoculars and monoculars, spotting scopes, microscopes, trail cameras, action cameras, body cameras, filters and cameras straps.