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    Where do you get your kit for your darkroom

    So on saturday i will be heading into a joint called Vanbar imaging to purchase the stuff i need to start developing my own film. Im starting alot of medium format shots and looking to do both C-41 and E-6 work. Depending on the price.

    Has anyone dealt with these guys and have any comments. if they are bogus ill avoid them just looking to get a feel on what they are like.

    ill be after mostly just the chems, 1 or 2 tanks and a few necessities like changing bag, photo-flow etc...
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    i should probably mention that i dont plan to do enlarging and prints in there.... yet

    just looking to get developed negs ready for scans...

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    I'd love to have access to a place like Vanbar

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    Vanbar have been around for years and are a good Co. to deal with.
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    I bought most of my developing gear from Vanbar. Very good. If you are in Sydney the alternative would be Foto Reisel.

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    Les Porter is a very good supplier mainly due to his payment policy and cheap postage.

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    yep, Vanbar are good to deal with. what film are you developing, what developer/fixer/stop do you plan on using?

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    i know it sounds bad, but i was planning on rocking up and seeing whats on offer

    ive done some research, seen some of the developing kits for c-41 and e-6. if i can find a local that does medium format c-41, then i may be looking at e-6 or re-considering the whole thing entirely.


    to give you an idea, i have a stash of fuji pro400 pro800 velvia50 in medium and XP2, Superia 400, Velvia 50, BW400 and Pro image 100 in 35mm.

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    Look for a Jobo Processor on ebay to keep your temps constant. Id I stated c41 or e6 I'd love one of these.

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    There is a Jobo on ebay at the moment....not sure where it is located. I think they were asking $600, but pickup only

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    For colour - when I lived in Sydney, I used to take my colour 120 to the local photo lab. There was one at Thornleigh and one at Hornsby mall. There's also a fabulous Fuji lab at Heathcote that does mail order 120 colour work. I do my own B&W but could never gather the enthusiasm for DIY colour.
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    Vanbar's great, been there and have great service, talk to you bout what you want etc. too. also stuff is usually reasonably priced
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