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    where do you go to get darkroom supplies?

    I'm aware of most of the photo supply stores in the bay area. However after going to looking glass photo in berkeley for awhile now, they don't seem to carry a good selection of darkroom chems. they have the usual d76, id-ll and a very few of whatever else. however they no longer carry rodinal and they never have anything in stock.

    Is there anyplace any forum members recommend on where to get chems around here? Pardee's up in Sacramento has a good selection, but I'm looking for somewhere closer. Seawood Photo in San Anselmo is great, but their prices are somewhat high..perhaps too high given the area that it's in.

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    Stores don't carry much chemistry any more. The reasons are:

    Artcraft Chemicals
    Photographers' Formulary
    Freestyle
    B&H (who has it, but won't ship it...)
    DARKROOM AUTOMATION
    f-Stop Timers - Enlarging Meters
    http://www.darkroomautomation.com/da-main.htm

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    Freestyle, Artcraft, and Photographer's formulary.
    John, Mount Vernon, Virginia USA

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    Mostly I order from Freestyle. North Bay Photographers Supply, in Santa Rosa (also SF), Keeble And Suchat in Palo Alto are both good. I've ordered from Calumet on the internet, but not sure what they stock in the SF store.

    Jon
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    The first two companies that Nicholas names above need our support.

    If Kodak, Fuji, Ilford or any other of the bigger suppliers stop making things like Dektol and ID-11, then where will we get analogs, or raw chemistry to mix our own. Only Artcraft or the Formulary for two examples....

    PE

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    B&H ships some things. Adorama ships most anything, and so does Freestyle. I'm fortunate. B&H and Adorama are but a short subway trip away. Early on a Sunday morning, it's an even shorter car ride and the parking is easy.
    Frank Schifano

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    Quote Originally Posted by pesphoto View Post
    What kind of developer is their (one and only) film developer? Basic PQ type?

    To what Kodak/Ilford product might it compare?
    Michael Sebastian
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    Sprint developer is very comparable to D76

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    Keeble and Shuchat in Palo Alto is one of the best.

    http://www.kspphoto.com/activepages/main.html

    The 290 store has the chemistry.

    Other than that, mail order... Freestyle for most stuff, Bostick & Sullivan for alt. photo supplies.

    Vaughn
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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