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    Who's good for film, paper and chems in Canada??

    I'm planning to move back home (Ottawa) next year and I'm a bit concerned about the availability and variety of all necessary supplies, so where do you Canadian photographers living outside Ottawa, Montreal and Van get your stuff?

    I'm resigned to getting stuff mail order and getting taxed to death but as long as I can get the stuff that's ok.

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    All depends what you mean by "necessary supplies", Andrew. If all you need is 35mm b&w film and some Ilford MG then this is all on the shelf in a number of stores in Ottawa. If, OTOH you need LF or ULF film, specialised chems or some other weird and wonderful stuff then you may have to go outside Ottawa. For instance, JD Fotochem in Montreal can get any and all photo-related chems, Rob Skeoch in Toronto (Big Camera Worshops) can get a lot of great LF related supplies and there are many other stores in Montrea, Toronto or Vancouver where you will likely find most anything you need. Good luck and welcome back home.

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    Supplies are still available in Fredericton,N.B if you are talking about 35mm.The local shop is a member of Photo Source. Kind of whole sale/warehouse outfit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewmoodie View Post

    I'm resigned to getting stuff mail order and getting taxed to death but as long as I can get the stuff that's ok.
    Tax isn't any different for mail order. It can be cheaper if you buy out of province.

    B&W Film I get from Freestyle. I guess colour mostly from B&H.

    If you want to say in Canada

    http://www.bigcameraworkshops.com/default2.asp

    He posts here also.

    http://www.photo-co.com/

    If you want to mix your own then

    http://www.jdphotochem.com/

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    I buy most of what I need in Montreal from LL Lozeau and Photo Service (member of Foto Source): films, chems, accessories, etc. I got my Kentmere papre from Rob Skeoch. My print developer is Ansco 130 so I order the kit from the Formulary. I got many litttle bits from Freestyle as well: archival boxes, other papers, Sistan, etc. I used to buy from J&C when they were in business. I get some gear from KEH as well, lespac.com APUG members and eBay. I'm going to get some more Rollei Retro from the Canadian importer (he's listed on Maco's site).

    It all depends on what you're looking for. Basic Ilford/Kodak/Fuji film, paper, and chems, you shouldn't have a big problem in Ottawa. There has to be at least one pro store somewhere. The store should be able to order what you need as well.

    If not, then have e a look at the small resellers (Skeoch, that guy who sells Retro 100) or the stores in other towns that deliver (Eight Elm in Toronto, for instance, who are great for speciality papers). After that, you can compare the prices with the american stores (B&H, Freestyle, KEH, Calumet, etc etc) or what you find on eBay, APUG/other sites classifieds.
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    www.henrys.com is another big one.

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    Thanks for all that guys. Those dealers in Montreal look great, I'm happy to have any excuse to go to Montreal so I'll check them out when I'm home scouting out work etc in January.

    I'm not going to be needing anything too way out, except for some 120mm film, and that's not very way out anyway. Mostly I was concerned about getting a good variety of chems, papers and reasonably priced film.

    You get spoiled for all that in London that's for sure. I'll definitely miss it.

    Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewmoodie View Post
    I'm not going to be needing anything too way out, except for some 120mm film, and that's not very way out anyway. Mostly I was concerned about getting a good variety of chems, papers and reasonably priced film.
    I've found that outside of Kodak, Ilford, Agfa (snif), and Fuji materials, it's hard to find more variety. Granted, these companies have very satisfying product lines, but Photo Service impressed me when they ordered some Kentmere papers, something Lozeau would never even try. More specialized offerings from the big four are sometimes harder to find: stores will not stock Ilford Galerie, for instance.

    You won't find much european products like Maco, Tetenal, Foma, Forte leftovers, or Bergger. Eight Elm is commendable for their stock of such products, but they're a specialized store.
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    Toronto has a couple of stores stocked with what you are after, Henry's, Downtown Camera, Eight Elm, Aden and Vistek.

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    I have a fair bit of b&w films in stock... including all the Ilfords and some Infrared. HP5 for example I have in 35mm right up to 12x20 and 11x14
    For papers I have a selection of Kentmere (mostly fibre base), and Ilford (again mostly fibre base).
    I have Galerie in stock up to 20x24 I think. 16x20 for sure. Kentmere bromide I have up to 20x24.
    I stock most Ilford chemicals as well.
    Plus if you need a new 8x10 I have that also.
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    This my website for photo supplies...
    www.bigcameraworkshops.com
    This is my website for Rangfinder gear
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