Film users in Perth??

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  1. NormG

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    Are there many people who shoot / develop film in Perth, Western Australia??

    I'm looking to set up a dark room and i'm having trouble buying an enlarger... There's plenty for sale on eBay but they're too dificult to ship. I was holding out to find one locally but that's proving difficult....

    I'm starting to feel quite isolated :pouty:
     
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    I was more hoping to meet other likeminded enthusiasts and start some networking.
     
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    That'd be me except I just moved to Adelaide. Get in contact with the Workshop Camera Club; they have an awesome shared darkroom (practically unused at the moment) and a handful of good film people. In particular, look for Greg Bell at the club, he taught me how to print.
     
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    Thankyou very much for that information. A quick review of their website doesn't reveal they have a darkroom and still use film.

    I have also tried to contact Nicole McGrade via but haven't as yet received a reply.
     
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    There are very few in the WCC actively using film - I was the only regular exhibitor of analogue prints at their competitions and the only user of the shared darkroom in three years - but there are plenty of old-timers who still know how it all works despite since moving to digital and who can get you started. You can just rock up on a Wednesday night, introduce yourself as a visitor and check it all out. There is/was a Film SIG (special interest group; in parallel with the portrait/birding/sporting/nature/etc groups) and about 5 others joined it but I could never get them to participate in anything despite having a regular crowd on the club outings that wanted to look at my RZ67. One guy bought an RB67 while I was there, so he might be doing a little more, I don't know.

    If you do go, tell Tom, Frank & AA (the birders) I said hello!

    They were considering moving to new clubrooms, which would mean the loss of their shared darkroom. That would kind of suck for the club (many of the members would disagree though), but it means that the equipment would be available for sale for a song.

    I actually got an as-new LPL C7700 from eBay in Perth, local pick-up, $60 including two awesome lenses - so the deals are out there. I suspect that CES (Stirling St, Northbridge) would have a bunch of spare enlargers floating about in their second-hand shed. Much of their second-hand stock is not displayed or even indexed, but if you go in and ask for their second-hand film-gear person (he's about 70, forgot his name sorry), he knows what there is and he's very helpful. I suspect that they'd be very glad to shift an old enlarger for a good price as they're getting hard to give away. 35mm-only enlargers are practically toxic/free, so make sure you get something that can do medium format too and then you will be able to either move up a size and/or sell the enlarger in future.
     
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    Its a shame more people can't appreciate the textured, lifelike quality that film is. Reading this forum there are plenty of us out there but WA for some reason doesn't have much interest.

    I have spoken to CES about enlargers and at the time i was told they only had one...and it was $1000.. I might enquire with them again.

    I'm definitely looking for a medium format one!!
     
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    My LPL (6x7 dichro) will be for sale soon, once I know my new 4x5 enlarger is going properly, but in Adelaide. Shipping would be about as much as the enlarger is worth, though it is as-new.
     
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    I gave them a call the other day and they said they do have MF enlargers in an old storeroom. Although he did say it would be a lot of work to dig them out and the place was a health risk...... They must have stuff piled to the roof! I'd love to have a look through there..
     
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    Have you had any luck with your dark room equipment yet?
     
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    Just thought I'd pop in and say hi! I'm new to APUG and live in Perth.

    I shoot 4x5 and 120 and do my own developing. In the middle of renovations but will soon have a dedicated space to setup my enlarger for some printing.

    Theres a few of us over in the flickr group Film Photographers of Perth who get together occasionally - http://www.flickr.com/groups/1139712@N24/
     
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    Hi NormG, stumbled across this post by chance. I don't have an email from you. Please phone me if you are still interested. Nicole
     
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    Hi guys,

    Very new to this forum, just diggin in to film using a Mamiya 645 100s, any time or local resources to get me crankin would be greatly appreciated. A photo camp would be awesome with spring coming heh?

    I don't develop my own negatives just yet but would love to spend a day with someone who does. I just scan my 120 negs and touch up in PS.

    Anyway, just waving my flag and saying hello :D

    HaPPY sHOOTING :wink: