1. unhinged

    unhinged Member

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    Hello everybody. I'm Mark and I like film.

    Late into photography. Learned to develop and print at school but never had a camera of my own. Got a digital camera 5 or 6 years ago (now 33 or maybe 34, I forget), then a digital SLR when they became affordable. Couldn't bare trawling through thousands of near identical, unexciting images whilst not being able to bare to delete any of them "just in case".

    Bought a Stereo Realist from eBay in the US. after seeing some B&W stereo photos at a Lartigue exhibition and couldn't believe what I was seeing... like standing in a smokey cafe in Paris in the early 1900's. Knew I had to have one.

    After shooting a few rolls, realised my photos were so much better with a lot more thought and got shot of the digital and bought a Bessa R2.

    I also have an EOS30 that rarely gets used in favour of the Bessa and I hope to be shot of it soon to make way for a medium format camera.

    And, as of two weeks ago I now have a darkroom with a 2nd hand Durst M70 so that I can get rid of the middleman altogether and that's how I came to be here. Saw someone mention APUG on the http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/ forums.

    Oh, and I live near London.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Dave Miller

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    Welcome to the real world Mark.
     
  3. jd callow

    jd callow Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Welcome to APUG from inside Vancouver (where the monsoon season is about to begin).
     
  4. roteague

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    Hi Mark, welcome from another island, Hawaii. Glad you found film again.
     
  5. Brian Jeffery

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    Hi Mark,

    like you I've toyed with the dark side, but simply preferred using film. Since you live near London you should treat yourself to a visit to Silverprint some time. Just, be prepared not to come out empty handed. :smile:

    Brian
     
  6. Drew B.

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    Welcome from New England. Hold on to your horses...it's quite a ride!
     
  7. mikeg

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    Welcome from South Shropshire. Getting the Bessa R2 was a major turning point for me too. It's my most used camera. If you want a cheap introduction to medium format take a look at the Mamiya C220/C330 TLR range. There's quite a few of us on here that use one.

    Cheers

    Mike
     
  8. light leak

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    Welcome Mark.
     
  9. jd callow

    jd callow Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    I'd recommend a medium format range finder such as the many under valued 6x45's. it is a seemless transition from the Bessa to a MF RF.
     
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  11. Andrew Moxom

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    Welcome to the darkside Mark! .. Btw, you might want to join LIP London Independent Photography http://www.londonphotography.org.uk/ I used to belong to them when I lived in England a few years back. Quite an interesting group.
     
  12. mikebarger

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    Hi Mark, welcome from Kansas

    Mike
     
  13. unhinged

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    Wow, that's quite a welcome, thanks.

    Brian, I'd been looking at the Silverprint web site with a view to getting one of the Speedibrews reversal kits to reproduce the B&W slides on my Realist that got all this started in the first place. I'll get down there in the next week I reckon.

    Andrew, thanks for the link, I'll have a look.

    Thanks everyone.
     
  14. Roger Hicks

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    Dear Mark,

    Ah! You read AP? Sensible move (alternate weeks anyway...)

    Welcome and cheers from the back page,

    Roger
     
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    Welcome to APUG from NYC
     
  16. papagene

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    Welcome Mark... from western Massachusetts USA. Glad that you found us here at APUG. I hope that you will have many enjoyable visits to this wonderful site.

    gene
     
  17. Thanasis

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    Welcome from Oz. Nice to see another d*** to film convert!
     
  18. spiralcity

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    Hi Mark, welcome to the site.
     
  19. Leon

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    hello Mark - welcome to Apug from somewhere else not so far from London.
     
  20. rpsawin

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    Hi Mark,

    Welcome to APUG from Seattle.

    Bob
     
  21. Stoo Batchelor

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    Hello!

    from Sunny Stevenage, just down the road from london.

    Welcome Mark.

    Enjoy your stay.

    regards

    Stoo
     
  22. Black Dog

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    Welcome to the APUG jungle!:smile::wink:
     
  23. Mark Burley

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    Hi from Luton...

    Hi Mark - enjoy APUG, you'll find it addictive...

    Welcome to the medium format crew...

    Mark