Hi from Sydney, Australia

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the APUG Community' started by tokam, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. tokam

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    I've been shooting and processing B & W since the early '70s but drifted away from this about 10 years ago. Nearly sold all my Canon FD gear, (could never warm to the EOS).

    On a trip to Japan last October I was given two cameras that belonged to my late father-in-law and I'm getting inspired again. It cost me a small fortune to have them overhauled. A low mileage Yashica Mat 124G needed a good cleanout including oil on the back of the taking lens and fungus on the screen, looks mint now. The other gem is a Pentax S2 which needed new shutter curtains as part of it's restoration.

    While transiting through Tokyo railway station I stumbled across the Komura camera store which is loaded with used gear of all sorts. Picked up a couple of SMC Takumars -
    28mm f3.5 and 135mm f3.5 complete with original caps, metal lens hoods and Pentax branded Skylight filters for
    about $AUD130. All set to go.

    Went and bought darkroom supplies yesterday plus 120 film at scary prices. I still have about 20 bulk loaded 35mm films which although being around 8 years past expiry have been sitting in the fridge all this time. Wife thinks, (knows?), I'm crazy taking up the fridge space. I'll see how they work out.

    Lots of catching up to do and I'm looking forward to it.

    See you around,
    Martin

    PS What a wonderful time to buy film gear of all sorts. I'll be replacing some of my Vivitar and Tamron FD lenses with the genuine Canon articles as opportunities arise.
     
  2. Tony Egan

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    Welcome Martin from another Sydneysider. If you need more darkroom equipment feel free to send me a PM and I can give you the name and number of a guy who gets regular supplies of stuff from CSIRO, Unis etc and usually has a garage full of darkroom gear at reasonable prices.
    Regards,
    Tony
     
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    Welcom to APUG. I also have Canon FD, which I am fond of.

    Jeff
     
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    Welcome from yet another local!
     
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    Welcome Martin, hope to see you around soon.
     
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    Welcome to APUG Martin!
     
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    Welcome from Melbourne.
     
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    Welcome from Melbourne, Martin.
     
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    Welcome from Geelong Martin
    Mike
     
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    Hey mate, welcome to APUG from another Sydney person.
    If you're looking for places to buy some developing gear you could check out Vanbar,(if you dont already know about them). They have a good selection, but a very average website i know.
     
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    Hi Martin
    A big welcome from Western Sydney
    Warren
    Katoomba
     
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    Martin - welcome to APUG from western Massachusetts USA.

    gene
     
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    Hi, Martin, and welcome to the forum.
     
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    Happy catching up and welcome to APUG Martin:D!