In my experience, the Aussie customs people are very helpful. If you email them with very specific questions, they will do their best to answer them or ask for additional info. I've gotten their response in the past, printed it out, and put it with the item so any questions while in transit will be answered before their could be a problem.
Originally Posted by Mick Fagan
I was wondering if just adding P Bromide to Ilford PQ Universal would be more or less the same as Ilford WT. So you make your own from scratch? I regularly make D-76H but that is the only thing I do from raw chems. Are the ingredients easy/cheap to get?
Have been to Oz for 6 months back in 1999 and it was a bit of a culture shock. I'd been to India for 4 months on the way which is pretty 'other' so it was even weirder landing in country Queensland.
I'm doing the same thing this time (India first) and can't wait to get to Australia - new start and all that.
I've successfully ordered HC-110 from Freestyle, so I suspect you'll be okay but I can't say for certain...
I'm not that up with Ilford's developers and what they actually contain, but it does appear that you could be onto something regarding just adding some Potassium bromide.
A quick glance at Ilford ID-62 developer and Ilford ID-78 developer shows that they are almost identical with one notable exception. No. 62 has 2g P/Bromide, whilst No. 78 has 4.5g P/Bromide.
That isn't really all of the differences, but mainly the major difference.
Effectively both of those developers use almost the same ingredients, but in differing amounts.
Could be worth a try, you would have nothing to lose as you are talking paper, not film.
Getting chemicals isn't that easy, but it's doable. Vanbar in Melbourne would be pretty much the last bastion of raw photographic chemistry in the country.
I have almost enough chemicals to last at least 10 years at my current rate of usage, but with retirement looming, I'm not so sure.
Well made a decision - taking only photographic paper in house contents and posting myself 100g metol (if it gets there it does...)
My other chemicals are up for sale in an APUG classified.
Had another word with the shipping co and they thought I'd be asking for problems (ie a thorough search) etc if I took all my bits so hey ho.
Thanks for the advice all. Looks like Vanbar does quite a bit of trad stuff still.
You could also bring a moderate, pro-diversity, mildly left-wing social and political viewpoint - but, you'll be very, very lonely up there :-)
After a while you get used to high shipping costs and having to mail order most things from Freestyle, Photographer's Formulary, Bostick and Sullivan, B& H etc. Once saving grace is the current high value of the AUD vs USD. I currently favour Freestyle for most things. Order on Sunday night, shows up next Tuesday or Wednesday at my Sydney front door. Still amazes me.
Hope you enjoy your time is this fine country.
Well here I Am in Queensland at last . Took 6 months for the visa but I am sitting outside in sunny Inglewood (pop1050 ish) and I feel pretty good !
Nowhere to set up a darkroom yet but all my photo gear has arrived so I'll be ready to go as soon as we get our own place.
Where to live though? We are thinking of somewhere below the nsw / QLD border . Will be taking a little road trip to see where we might like to settle . Any suggestions?
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Have a look at Nimbin! :-)
Depends how close to the beach, jobs, culture and infrastructure you want/need to be and how much you want to pay of course. Somewhere like Murwillumbah has reasonable cost of living, close to beaches, national parks and major airport at Coolangatta but far enough away from the tourist strip to avoid all those negatives. Less than 90 minutes to Brisbane if you need the facilities of a large city occasionally. Mullumbimby is similar but smaller. Nimbin is so-so. I woudn't live there. Uki just outside Murwillumbah can give you a similar counter-cultural, small village lifestyle without the feral tourists and petty criminals. I lived fairly close to Inglewood at Wallangarra on the border for 4 years in my teens. Girraween NP is a great place for photography but I don't think I could live in towns like Tenterfield or Casino. Kyogle might be as far west as I would consider but I come from the personal viewpoint of liking being close the beach and having an occasional conversation with a non-right winger!!
p.s. my wife and I have always had a soft spot for Bangalow. Let's retire to a little bungalow in bangalow :-)
Murwillumbah looks good. Will check it out when we go on our little tour in the coming weeks (getting a car sorted first).
The other options we have are Brisbane which seems pretty expensive or Toowoomba over here which is maybe a bit too far inland but nearer the folks.
That nsw/ qld border still appeals more.
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