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Tips on how to make a DIY Photograph Enlarger from an Afghan field digicam

In a earlier put up, I shared how I transformed my Afghan Field Digital camera right into a slide projector. The precept of the slide projector includes placing a lightweight supply on the again whose mild passes by some condenser lens. The sunshine then goes by the slide and at last cross the projector lens and be projected massive on the projector display.

I assumed that may be about the identical precept as a photograph enlarger within the darkroom. Within the enlarger, we have now additionally the sunshine cross by some condenser lens (relying on the design) and it’ll cross by the damaging, undergo the lens and it is going to be projected massive on the picture paper so I assumed possibly I might attempt to use my Afghan Field Digital camera once more to transform it into picture enlarger, on this case, it is going to be horizontal enlarger the place I’ll venture the picture horizontally onto the wall floor.

Destructive Service

I made a decision to make use of my picture paper holder contained in the Afghan Field Digital camera for this conversion. I taped up a 6x7cm window utilizing some black PVC tape. If that is to be a extra everlasting setup, I might make a correct damaging provider for now. For now, it will do and I used some small items of masking tape to safe the 6×7 damaging flat in opposition to the glass. To focus I might transfer the focusing rods per the same old manner when utilizing the Afghan Field Digital camera which transfer the damaging in direction of or away from the lens.

Mild Supply

In contrast to a lightweight supply for a slide projector, the enlargement is smaller so mild supply for this enlarger may be comparatively much less highly effective. So I take advantage of a easy 11W heat coloration LED bulb. As I wouldn’t have a timer, I merely use the on/off change for the bulb throughout printing to manage the publicity time.


I wouldn’t have a devoted enlarger lens so I take advantage of my trusty Fujinon 210mm lens because the enlarging lens. For a protected filter, I dug out an outdated Cokin crimson filter and a Cokin filter holder. I might simply slip the filter and holder over the lens if I would like to dam the sunshine from reaching the picture paper.


I take advantage of the Arista Edu 5×7 inches Resin Coated paper. Being a variable distinction paper, I might use the Ilford Multigrade Distinction filters to manage the distinction of the print. Once more, that is executed just by taping the filter on the rear aspect of the lens throughout printing.


The outcomes have proven that the field digicam may be simply became a photograph enlarger by making a couple of modifications to it

  • Add in a lightweight supply
  • Substitute/convert the picture paper holder with/right into a damaging holder
  • Add in safelight filter and distinction filter


However, a couple of enhancements may be made

  • Higher manner of holding the paper on the wall as a substitute of simply utilizing masking tape.
  • Some technique to verify the squareness of the enlarger to the picture paper
  • Higher strategy to maintain the protected filter and distinction filters


Classic Photo voltaic based mostly Horizontal Enlarger


Concerning the Creator

Cheng Qwee Low has been doing pictures together with conventional darkroom printing since 2003. He began capturing utilizing movie cameras utilizing the 35mm movie format. After dabbling in digital pictures, he discovered himself being drawn again to movie pictures a couple of years in the past. This time he’s attracted by the big damaging measurement supplied by a large-format digicam.

On the similar time, he began to discover deeper into the roots of pictures and the varied Nineteenth-century photographic processes. By way of the varied manuals, books, web sites discovered on Web, he managed to be taught the moist plate collodion pictures and Kallitype Printing course of by itself.

You’ll discover extra of Cheng’s work on his web site and YouTube channel. This text was additionally printed right here and shared with permission.

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