Thanks for the info and warm welcomes everyone. There is a Camera House in Ballarat and they can order in whatever they don't have in stock. I bought a pile of Kodak T-Max 100 film for $1 a roll because it had just gone out of date. Going to experiment with that first. I might pop up to Camera house some time this week and see if I can get myself a tank (I just can't wait for eBay. Too slow).
Yep, Skegger, just go to the Camera House place, but please be careful as their chems may be on the old side. I know Ballarat and that particular place quite well. I live up the road in Melbourne. Don't worry too much yet about what to use - you have a lot of experimenting ahead of you, but basically nothing will be too far wrong. And by the way, welcome to APUG! :)
It's nothing for me to hop on the train to Melbourne to grab chemistry though. I'm just impatient :D
Greetings from Richmond Va.
Welcome to APUG!-as far as chems, materials etc go, just keep it simple at first. ID11 is as good a starting point as any [as a Brit living just down the road from Ilford I'm bound to recommend them......:D:p]. And then just have fun!
Welcome from another guy in Geelong. You'll get lots of info here.
Awesome thanks guys. I'm also interested in shooting slides. Is it worth developing rolls yourself these days or is it cheaper to do them yourself? I wouldn't mind having a go. How else am I going to learn.
Welcome... from Victoria... Melbourne area :)
Hope you've got some heating in that laundry! Coldest place in Victoria is Ballarat... probably snowing tonight!
Welcome from another Melbournian.
If you are going to hop onto a train and come down, then Vanbar in Carlton would be your best bet for any darkroom stuff, be that film or paper, you can check online as to what they carry, whether they have the particular item(s) or size is another matter, but generally speaking, they literally carry pallet loads of paper.
That is a very cheap price for that film, cheaper than bulk loading.
I think I have a spare Paterson tank, with either a single or a few reels. I'll check the darkroom in the morning, too cold to venture out this late.
An outside laundry in Ballarat, probably with a concrete double trough, perfect for washing prints in, but friggin freezing this time of the year.
If you do go to Vanbar, take a large empty back pack:D
Thanks for the info Mick. I picked up a Patterson tank and 2 reels when I was in the city yesterday. Most shops I ask for developing tanks in just looked at me sideways. Michael's on Elizabeth had them and they were about $25 cheaper than Camera House in Ballarat. Then another 5% off with student discount.