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Learn how to make a DIY Picture Enlarger from an Afghan field digicam

In a previous post, I shared how I transformed my Afghan Field Digital camera right into a slide projector. The precept of the slide projector entails placing a lightweight supply on the again whose gentle passes by means of some condenser lens. The sunshine then goes by means of the slide and eventually go the projector lens and be projected massive on the projector display screen.

I believed that will be about the identical precept as a photograph enlarger within the darkroom. Within the enlarger, we now have additionally the sunshine go by means of some condenser lens (relying on the design) and it’ll go by means of the damaging, undergo the lens and it is going to be projected massive on the picture paper so I believed perhaps 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 challenge the picture horizontally onto the wall floor.

Unfavorable Provider

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 service for now. For now, this may 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 approach when utilizing the Afghan Field Digital camera which transfer the damaging in direction of or away from the lens.

Mild Supply

Not like a lightweight supply for a slide projector, the enlargement is smaller so gentle supply for this enlarger could be comparatively much less highly effective. So I exploit a easy 11W heat coloration LED bulb. As I wouldn’t have a timer, I merely use the on/off swap for the bulb throughout printing to manage the publicity time.


I wouldn’t have a devoted enlarger lens so I exploit my trusty Fujinon 210mm lens because the enlarging lens. For a secure filter, I dug out an previous Cokin purple 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 exploit the Arista Edu 5×7 inches Resin Coated paper. Being a variable distinction paper, I may use the Ilford Multigrade Distinction filters to manage the distinction of the print. Once more, that is achieved just by taping the filter on the rear ingredient of the lens throughout printing.


The outcomes have proven that the field digicam could be simply became a photograph enlarger by making just a few adjustments to it

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


Nonetheless, just a few enhancements could be made

  • Higher approach of holding the paper on the wall as a substitute of simply utilizing masking tape.
  • Some technique to substantiate the squareness of the enlarger to the picture paper
  • Higher technique to maintain the secure filter and distinction filters


Classic Photo voltaic primarily based Horizontal Enlarger


Concerning the Writer

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

On the similar time, he began to discover deeper into the roots of images and the assorted Nineteenth-century photographic processes. Via the assorted manuals, books, web sites discovered on Web, he managed to study the moist plate collodion images and Kallitype Printing course of by itself.

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

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