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jameswrightson
07-11-2008, 04:55 AM
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

nick mulder
07-12-2008, 02:41 AM
Thats the price :(

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 ;)

freestyle, B&H, Adorama, Bostick & Sullivan, Megaperls workshop among others are all trustworthy

dario
07-12-2008, 04:11 AM
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.

jameswrightson
07-13-2008, 08:13 AM
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.

Silverhead
07-14-2008, 12:50 PM
Freestyle ships stuff to Australia and New Zealand regularly - it's kind of become the new "best-kept secret" for Oz & kiwi photogs.

P C Headland
07-15-2008, 07:03 AM
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

jameswrightson
07-16-2008, 10:04 AM
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

nick mulder
07-17-2008, 02:18 AM
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 ;)

...also remember any package over $300 incl postage will attract customs duty in NZ ...

P C Headland
07-17-2008, 07:00 AM
...also remember any package over $300 incl postage will attract customs duty in NZ ...

Only ocassionally ;)

ChrisC
07-28-2008, 05:32 AM
Only ocassionally ;)

I'd go as far as saying seldomly. I've never had to pay customs on anything under $2k.

nick mulder
07-29-2008, 03:12 AM
I'd go as far as saying seldomly. I've never had to pay customs on anything under $2k.

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... :))

$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

F80p
03-04-2010, 10:50 AM
Doesany body anywhere in the world ship E-6 chemicals to India? I heard it is not allowed for export am i right?

nick mulder
03-04-2010, 02:30 PM
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 ;)

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 ;)

F80p
03-04-2010, 02:53 PM
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!!!

nick mulder
03-04-2010, 07:06 PM
howabout the Color: Film, Paper, and Chemistry forums (http://www.apug.org/forums/forum40/)

For what it's worth, I ordered my 5L E6 kit directly from Kodak here in NZ.

ChrisC
03-04-2010, 11:50 PM
For what it's worth, I ordered my 5L E6 kit directly from Kodak here in NZ.

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?

xwhatsit
05-03-2010, 06:33 AM
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?

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 :)

largeformat pat
05-03-2010, 07:35 PM
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

nick mulder
05-03-2010, 07:40 PM
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

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 - $$$
:(

ChrisC
08-04-2010, 03:39 AM
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 :)

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.