B/W chemistry retailer in NZ?

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  1. jameswrightson

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    Hi. Can anyone recommend a supplier of liquid chemistry in New Zealand, and specifically the following items? Prices at the outlets I've looked at in Auckland seem pretty high. Any suggestions appreciated, thanks.

    James

    • Kodak T-Max Developer
    • Ilford Hypam Rapid Hardening Fixer
    • Kodak Hypo Clearing Agent
    • Kodak Photo-flo
    • Ilford 35 mm films
     
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    Thats the price :sad:

    crazy in that ordering via the net is often cheaper, especially in bulk ...

    Aside from mixing your own from ingredients sourced in NZ (Ajax FineChem) your options are either pay or well, pay ...

    I'm doing a bulk order from robertwhite.co.uk soon if you are in AK and want to share postage :wink:

    freestyle, B&H, Adorama, Bostick & Sullivan, Megaperls workshop among others are all trustworthy
     
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    I was in the US recently and while I was there I bought FP4+ (120) from Freestyle by mail order. It was $US3.99 per roll, about half the price here. I haven't had to buy any film since, but when I need to I'll look at doing the same. Even with the extra postage, I can't imagine having to buy many rolls to make it worthwhile. I found Freestyle was very prompt and efficient.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback. I've been in Asia for a few years, shooting film, and it's a lot cheaper (ie. reasonable) there too. Nick, I'll check those sites and get back to you about Robert White. I'm in Auckland until the end of August and have a few undeveloped rolls lying around. I don't think Amazon will ship all products to New Zealand.
     
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    Freestyle ships stuff to Australia and New Zealand regularly - it's kind of become the new "best-kept secret" for Oz & kiwi photogs.
     
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    Don't forget that for orders from the EU/UK you don't need to pay the VAT. That coupled with (usually) cheaper postage can often make buying from the UK cheaper than buying from the US. Try Silverprint and Retrophotographic, especially for the Ilford film.

    Having said that, I have been getting stuff along with a friend through B&H.

    I've been mixing my own developer (PC-TEA), sourcing the TEA and Vitamin C locally, but getting the Phenidone sent from the US. Works out way cheaper than buying locally.

    Paul
     
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    Thanks for the tips. Nick, thanks for the offer, but I'm placing an order with Amazon soon, and have decided to include my chemistry with it. Paul, homemade developer is something I might be interested in playing with in the long term.

    James
     
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    Phenidone is expensive stuff here huh - the outlet I found that had it didn't know of its photographic use either...

    In the end I got some I think from photographers formulary to play with POTA developer

    James:
    No worries re. the postage - I've found another colleague to split costs with :wink:

    ...also remember any package over $300 incl postage will attract customs duty in NZ ...
     
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    Only ocassionally :wink:
     
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    I'd go as far as saying seldomly. I've never had to pay customs on anything under $2k.
     
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    Remember, some items are exempt - as are often the customs declarations filled in with a little creative input from the sender.

    It depends on how busy they are - its not worth their while to be processing items at a rate which costs them more money in terms of manpower and resource than the duty that will be paid - but they are totally within their rights to charge you duty on a 1 cent item - (well yeh ok, maybe not that extreme... :smile:)

    $300 is a guideline that some of them will admit to however (others are cagey about it) - so good work on getting your $2k package through, I would suggest this is luck on your behalf however, so dont bank on it for future purchases
     
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    Doesany body anywhere in the world ship E-6 chemicals to India? I heard it is not allowed for export am i right?
     
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    er,

    The title of this thread is about B&W chems in New Zealand in the NZ forums - I doubt you'll get as many people reading it who can answer your question as if you were to start your own thread in the right forum :wink:

    Is Kodak represented by a main office in India ? Assuming it is (there is big cinema industry going over there right?) - try ordering from them directly - as for the Tetenal kits, sorry, no idea :wink:
     
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    Ya i should have asked it somewhere else (but where?). I am only a casual shooter so i dont think kodak will be selling me few liters of chems!!!
     
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    This is interesting. I know someone who tried to get chems from Kodak NZ and basically had the importers tell him to bugger off. I'd love to change from a Tetenal process for C-41 and RA-4 because I'd like separate bleach and fix, but it seems tricky without an official importer.

    How'd you manage it?
     
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    Where did you manage to get even Tetenal kits, by the way? I'd love to give C41 processing a shot -- half a mind to add some hair dye to some ID11/D76 just to give it a whirl like I saw on Flickr :smile:
     
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    Guys,
    Bostich and Sullivan in the states will send HAZMAT materials via fedex any where in the world. So you can buy almost anything to make you're own or use there kits.
    Pat
     
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    New Zealand does not allow Fedex hazmat shipments ...

    We're all addicted to methamphetamine you see (all of us but Simon Power the 'justice' minister) and with a little ingenuity we can turn photo chems into crank

    Hazmat shipping = one chem per shipment by the way - $$$
    :sad:
     
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    Sorry I missed this.
    I got the C-41 (and RA-4) kits from Lacklands (http://www.leica.co.nz/tetenal) who are the Tetenal importers. They don't carry any stock usually, so I had to wait 10-odd weeks for their next shipment from HQ, but the prices were really good, and they were absolutely fine to deal with.
     
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    - Is New Zealand really this over the top with regard to chemical use and shipments?
     
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    Yes, quite retarded

    There are ways around it - legal and illegal - and none are worth the trouble
     
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    Even just, say, a properly labelled and sealed bottle of Rodinal (well, R09) from MacoDirect?

    I couldn't see anything on the customs website regarding things like this. I learned you're not allowed to import diamonds from Sierra Leone, though.
     
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    You can get that sent ...

    It aint Hazmat
     
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    Hi Paul... I'm importing 100L of TEA from China... don't think I need that much (510 Pyro)...so if you are interested, let me know... BTW: US$2.80/L (98% analytical grade)... I couldn't find a local supplier THAT cheap I.E. Thermo Fisher want NZ$54/25g + GST!!!
    I've also ordered 10Kgs of Pyrogallol too.
    Cheers
    Mark
    mafi photographics (just google it)