Hello from Dubai, UAE

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    hello everyone, i m AJ from Dubai, UAE. graphic designer by profession, photographer by passion. film is the new found love and trying to explore analogue photography as i started with digital few years back. currently 4 digitals and 10 35mm film cams in the stable. love black n white in film, though in my region its difficult to find films and stuff. want to try developing my own films if i find some local dealer for chemicals, etc. its great to find a very active forum for analogue, good to be here.
     
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    Welcome to APUG AJ!
     
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    Welcome to APUG!
    If you don't get the required (premixed) film chemicals you might be able to mix some yourself see the caffenol (coffee based developer) thread , Sodium thiosulfate (fixer) should be available as Antichlor or bleach-stop (check if it's thiosulfate based).

    Good luck and again welcome to APUG

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    Welcome to APUG :smile:.
    Dubai is known for shopping, strange that there are no films and chemicals to buy there. But maybe you can order online / buy on ebay or some other site?
     
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    darkosaric is right. Anything you will ever need is available online. Good luck and I hope you enjoy it.
     
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    Hello anjoom_aj and welcome to APUG.
     
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    Hello AJ and welcome to APUG! Have you tried mail order?

    Jeff
     
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    AJ - hello and welcome to APUG!! :D
     
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    Hi AJ, and welcome.

    Yes, b&w film is a passion many of us share. Enjoy. Hope we can help.

    - Leigh
     
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    Welcome Home AJ !

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    thanks Dominik.
    finally found one dealer with all ILFORD films, papers, chemicals, etc. other films are still hard to find. not sure about ordering film online, that x-ray stuff n all... but atleast i can start with the ilford stuff and see how it goes. have ilford delta 400 for the time being and had one roll developed but was not so happy with the contrast and stuff for the lab developer
     
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    You must develop it yourself. This is the only way to be happy with B&W films and with silver gelatin prints. I know in the beginning it is hard and it looks difficult - but the joy it will give you once when you learn and do it yourself - it is priceless :smile:.
     
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    thanks everyone for the warm welcome to the analogue world. glad to be here
     
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    yes still exploring, been 2 months and 2 rolls old. still not familiar with all the stuff to get and get started. what is the bare minimum required to get started ?
     
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    First is to search this site in archive posts, for example you have:

    http://www.apug.org/forums/forum43/46066-developing-negs-only-what-do-i-need.html

    and many other nice posts that explain everything.

    Second is youtube: search for film developing, darkroom, etc - great way to start learning.

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    thanks a lot mate, very helpful resource. Appreciate it.
     
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    yup, all the cameras i go so far are all online purchases, except one that i took as a gift. with film that only easily available option i found here is ILFORD and some Kodaks.
     
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    Dubai have most expensive airports in the world , technology is good and it doesnt hurt your film. Try to online shopping , shipping is costly but when you order large quantaties , it pays itself. The fun about the film is the options , different lenses , viewfinders , ergonomics , films , developers , papers , enlargers , enlarger lenses , contact printing , alternative processes have huge fun. Dont miss it and dont stuck to the low quality films produced by Kodak for Middle East.
    You can pm me anytime.

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    Thanks Mustafa. I did find some chemicals to develop B&W films. Ilford has a dealer here and chemicals and paper were easily available, also Ilford film. Still have to order some more equipment like the dark cloth thing, can, reel and tank. Most probably will have to eBay these if I cant find locally.