Intrepid has introduced a flexible darkroom enlarger that the corporate says is essentially the most compact ever made. It’s designed to make prints from each coloration and black and white movie (from 35mm as much as 6×9) with out the necessity for filters. It will possibly even be used to make scans of negatives utilizing a digital digital camera.
Intrepid has launched the Compact Enlarger on the heels of two earlier profitable Kickstarter campaigns: the Intrepid 4×5 Camera launched in 2014 and the 4×5 Enlarger from 2018. The Compact Enlarger makes some modifications to the corporate’s unique Enlarger along with being extra compact.
Intrepid says that it was capable of make the Compact Enlarger so small and moveable because of the event of a brand new LED expertise that means that you can management distinction, coloration steadiness, and publicity without having separate filters.
“This is step one into different movie codecs for The Intrepid Digital camera Co., and our goal is to make darkroom printing way more accessible no matter area, price range, or prior information,” the corporate says. “Printing within the darkroom is without doubt one of the most fulfilling components of the method of capturing movie, however too many individuals today miss out on this wonderful expertise as a result of it simply doesn’t appear accessible.”
The Intrepid Enlarger Package consists of the timer which comprises all of the controls, adverse carriers to carry your movie, and the sunshine supply which attaches to the physique of the enlarger. It has a high-quality linear information for focusing and a threaded mount for attaching to your tripod or copy stand.
The timer controls the entire gadget and has three modes: black and white, coloration, and scanning.
Black and white printing: Intrepid says that, not like conventional enlargers, all of the distinction filters are constructed into the LED gentle supply so you may rapidly modify them with a single dial with out the necessity for separate filters. It really works similar to a standard enlarger by way of focusing, setting the time, and exposing your paper.
Color printing: In coloration printing mode, Intrepid says that you just use the Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow dials to change the colour steadiness of your print. The gentle supply has been specifically calibrated with a purpose to make coloration printing as easy and correct as doable.
Scanning: The ultimate manner of utilizing the Compact Enlarger is as a light-weight supply to make scans of your coloration or black and white negatives utilizing a digital digital camera/smartphone. The gentle supply is held magnetically to the enlarger physique so can merely pop off if you need to scan.
Intrepid additionally included a built-in safelight which it says is a helpful characteristic particularly for these with restricted area.
Outdoors of what’s included within the equipment, Intrepid says that you’ll want a small tripod or copy stand to mount the enlarger to, an enlarging lens with a 39mm thread (50mm for 35mm movie and 80mm for 120), darkroom chemical substances and picture paper, trays and tongs, and a printing easel and grain/focus finder.
Intrepid says that the fantastic thing about this gadget is that it’s so simple to maneuver and arrange that you would be able to flip any room right into a darkroom so long as you may block all gentle from coming in quickly — therefore the declare of “redefining the darkroom.”
Beneath are a few movies exhibiting a prototype of the Compact Enlarger and the way it works:
On the time of publication, the Kickstarter had solely been stay for a bit of over an hour and had already blown past its funding goals. The Intrepid Compact Enlarger begins at £240 (~$305) and is anticipated to ship by August of 2021. You possibly can peruse the entire marketing campaign and all of the backing choices here.
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