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    Here it comes again!

    The PHSNE Photographica Show and Sale

    The number of dealers has definitely dropped some in the six or seven years I've been attending, but so have the number of people shooting film, and it's still the best place to find lots of bargains, a large room filled with people who know, fix, buy and sell cameras and lots of good conversation. I'll be there early Saturday and late Sunday (my real job has claimed the other hours) but I hope to see a few of you there.

    My last Photographica show bargain? Three monorails for my Cambo 401 4x5, allowing me to mount it on its original, 26" extension, at 18" or in wide angle 12" mode. $10. Oh, and a Mamiya c220 for $10 as well. I could have had the whole, large box of 220/330 bodies (some pretty rough) for $60- maybe 30 of them. There were LF woodies, graphite field cameras, enlargers, toy cameras, images, collectibles, tripods, really fine lens and shutters and tables and tables and tables of 35 and medium format cameras. Prices are not like the yard sale special you dream of, for the most part, but usually a lot lower than you would find in most places, and the dealers are pretty solid players in the used camera market - approachable, reasonable and likely to be around for awhile. I know that I have never been disappointed by any dealer's honesty or willingness to bargain.

    If you're in the area and don't come to this show, you've lost an opportunity.

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    Rats... I'll be out of town...

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    Thanks for the head's up. I think I'll make it over. There's such a premium for the early bird though, is all the action pre-9AM?

    -Mark

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    A lot of what happens pre-9AM is dealers looking over the other dealer's stock, buying what they want and re-selling it with a mark-up. The best deals are found then, of course, for the small things. Large items are best bought at the end of the show, when the dealers don't want to pack the thing up and take it home. At closing time on Sunday, $50 sounds pretty good for that bulky item marked $200 all weekend.

    You take your chances, though. If it was that great a deal, it will have gone by that time. Honestly, the range of items available make the show worthwhile at just about any time. I go in helping a dealer, so I don't pay the admission cost. Mostly I buy things I find throughout the day when I can take a break from the table where I help Dick Welch. There hasn't been any special moment for me in buying before the crowds show up.

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    I'll be there for sure, at least early on Saturday. Last year I got a recently CLA'd IIIc and Summitar for an extremely reasonable price late Sunday afternoon from Rodger DiGilio. He's an incredibly nice gentleman with a nice stock of Leica, large format and stereoscopic equipment.

    Ash

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    since i dusted off my Pentax ME Super a couple weeks back and replaced the light seals i've been a little eager to get this. i even slapped the "got film?" sticker i bought last fall on the back of my car!

    if you see a guy wandering around wearing a White House News Photographers Assoc. hat, introduce yourself i'll be there early sat.

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    Mmmmmm....I wonder if there will be any lenses for our new Bronica. It might be worth the visit.

    IBBY!
    Lizz
    "At either end of the social spectrum there lies a leisure class."

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    There are deals to be had all weekend-don't worry about getting there for the earlybird. Take your time, look carefully because there are great deals for "our stuff".

    I'm there all weekend as the assistan show manager, so say "hello" and enjoy

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    I wish I could make it! I'd love to see if there's a speed graphic or similar just waiting for a new user. Not that I need another camera. Really, I don't. But the press cameras just intrigue me and I wonder if I could handhold one.

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    Every time this comes up I am in a period where I should really just Not be spending more money on photo gear. Poo. Why can't they schedule it for when I have some extra cash to spend?

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