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Thread: Rental/Private Darkrooms in Kauai, Hawaii?

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    Re: Rental/Private Darkrooms in Kauai, Hawaii?

    I agree that the Stearman tank could be a good choice. I don't have one, but have heard mostly good reports. The steel tank that takes 4x5 sheets should work well too.

    I realize the OP may be headed out soon, too late to go shopping now, probably. Have a good trip! Please let us know what you chose and how it worked out.

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    Re: Rental/Private Darkrooms in Kauai, Hawaii?

    Unlikely there. And the property owner might not be terribly happy about unfamiliar chem going down the drain. Kauai is understandably somewhat strict in certain areas. You better ask about that in advance. We haven't flown to the Islands during the pandemic, but numerous times before with both sheet and roll film up to 400 speed TMY. Never a problem even with the multiple X-rays, even densitometer fbf tested afterwards. Simply changing out holders is no big deal; I've done that atop kitchen counters with a little Harrison film tent. But I would far rather have my own full temp control and other darkroom amenities here when doing the actual dev, rather than risking streaks or so-so results in some improvised setup.

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    Re: Rental/Private Darkrooms in Kauai, Hawaii?

    I'd get on the phone to people in Hawaii who are likely to know the film photography scene there.
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    Re: Rental/Private Darkrooms in Kauai, Hawaii?

    Contact Treehouse Photo Lab in Honolulu. A buddy of mine in Saipan (shoots 4x5) has dealt with them before and they seem to be good people. They would probably know. https://treehouse-shop.com/
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    Re: Rental/Private Darkrooms in Kauai, Hawaii?

    Kauai is quite a ways from Honolulu or the Big Island. Not much shows up per Lihue near the Kauai airport. Depending on where one is staying, it can even take quite awhile to drive between towns there. It's interesting to see that there is an outlet selling 120 and 4x5 film there; but even their processing service doesn't seem to handle sheet film.

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    Re: Rental/Private Darkrooms in Kauai, Hawaii?

    Thanks. That was my first step. I spoke to all the local professional photographers and came up empty.

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    Re: Rental/Private Darkrooms in Kauai, Hawaii?

    That is what I usually do but am staying in a house this time.

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    Re: Rental/Private Darkrooms in Kauai, Hawaii?

    Quote Originally Posted by bmikiten View Post
    That is what I usually do but am staying in a house this time.

    Brian

    Really, there are two reasons you might want to develop film while on a trip. The first is to make sure you're getting the shots and there isn't a light leak or something. The second is to prevent someone during airport check-in from zapping the box of exposed photos. A compromise might be to use a SP445 and process a few sheets every now & then to check them, and to ship the rest back home using Fed-X or something.


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    Re: Rental/Private Darkrooms in Kauai, Hawaii?

    Quote Originally Posted by bmikiten View Post
    Thanks. That was my first step. I spoke to all the local professional photographers and came up empty.

    Brian
    Contact Kiamuki Camera on Oahu and ask where you could find this on Kuai.

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