Tips on how to Make a DIY Picture Enlarger from an Afghan Field Digital camera


I beforehand 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, passes by the projector lens, and is projected at a bigger dimension on the projector display.

A typical enlarger design. Illustration by きたし and licensed underneath CC BY-SA 2.5.

I started pondering {that a} darkroom picture enlarger can be primarily based on about the identical precept. In an enlarger, we even have the sunshine go by some condenser lens (relying on the design) and it’ll go by the destructive, undergo the lens, and be projected massive on the picture paper.

I assumed I might possibly attempt to convert my Afghan Field Digital camera into a photograph enlarger. On this case, it was to be a horizontal enlarger with which I might mission the picture horizontally onto the wall floor.

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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 this had been to be a extra everlasting setup, I might make a correct destructive service. For now, this may do and I used some small items of masking tape to safe the 6×7 destructive 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 strikes the destructive 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 the sunshine supply for this enlarger might be comparatively much less highly effective. So I take advantage of a easy 11W heat shade LED bulb. As I do not need a timer, I merely use the on/off change for the bulb throughout printing to manage the publicity time.


I do not need a devoted enlarger lens so I used 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 want to dam the sunshine from reaching the picture paper.


Arista Edu 5×7 inches Resin Coated paper

I take advantage of Arista Edu 5×7-inch Resin Coated paper. As it’s a variable distinction paper, I might use the Ilford Multigrade Distinction filters to manage the distinction of the print. Once more, that is finished just by taping the filter on the rear factor of the lens throughout printing.


The outcomes present that the field digicam might be simply became a photograph enlarger by making just a few modifications to it.

1. Add in a lightweight supply.
2. Change/convert the picture paper holder with/right into a destructive holder.
3. Add in safelight filter and distinction filter.

However, just a few enhancements could possibly be made.

1. A greater approach of holding the paper on the wall as a substitute of simply utilizing masking tape.
2. Some technique to verify the squareness of the enlarger to the picture paper.
3. A greater method to maintain the secure filter and distinction filters.

A classic solar-based horizontal enlarger.

Horizontal enlargers have been round for an extended whereas and field digicam customers can take into account turning their field digicam into a photograph enlarger in the event that they want a fast print from a destructive.

Concerning the creator: Cheng Qwee Low is a (primarily) movie photographer primarily based in Singapore. Along with utilizing cameras starting from 35mm to ultra-large-format 8×20, Low additionally enjoys different processes resembling kallitype and albumen printing. The opinions expressed on this article are solely these of the creator. You will discover extra of Low’s work on his web site and YouTube. This text was additionally printed right here.


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