EXreaction wrote:I would be shooting for more along the lines of a $50 used camera if I could find it. Though it looks as though it may be hard to find a good camera at that price because it sounds more popular than I thought it would be yet.
I've seen another place that said it would cost about $50 for getting the chemicals that I'd need.
As for equipment, most of the stuff I would need could probably be found here or be thrown together with junk I've got.
Well, you'd need trays, lights, thermometers (if you are going to be doing color), timers, paper, an enlarger which would probably start at the low price of 200 dollars. Note I'm not talking about the kind of enlarger to do blowups, but simply take the negative to a positive. This site gives a more complete list than I can, since it has been a while since I've been in the darkroom. http://www.photography.com/topics/building-a-darkroom/
I really think you need to consider the overall cost of this. I used to want a darkroom too. It was something cool and I could do my own prints. Except for color. Color prints take a lot more than what this link states. It is only for black and white.
As for a used $50 camera, I doubt you could find one at that price. Even if you could, I doubt you would be happy with it. The place where I bought my 200 dollar camera told me I was lucky to get it at that price because they usually go for more. Unless you happen to get a really old Olympus or something. And by old, I mean 70's to 80's ... The more recent SLRs are going to cost you more as they do have some electronics, like auto-focus, film rewind, changing of settings such as shutter speed, you know, things you would need to do.
Again, I'm not trying to talk you out of this or into a DSLR (I think I was slightly misleading in my previous reply on accident, I don't actually have a DSLR yet), but I've been down this road before, and like I said, I do have some experience in the darkroom. I get the feeling that you aren't taking in to consideration the things that I've already said, so I want to stress them as much as possible. Aside from the one-time costs of the enlarger, timers, and so on, you'll also need recurring costs with chemicals and paper. Here's some information on color darkrooms, which incidentally backs up everything I've said so far about both color and black and white (which while unsurprising, was totally by accident