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    pity... I'm selling 2 5L Tetenal 3 baths kits and a Kodak 5 bath here in NZ as I'm moving to Aus.
    Cleared the bowel problem, working on the consonants...

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    Quote Originally Posted by polyglot View Post
    Yep, shipping does cost. I tend to put together a big order to save on shipping, e.g. a C41 kit, E6 kit, Xtol and some paper, the whole lot last time cost about GBP135 to ship. That's still somehow cheaper than local and and you get it in under a week!
    I agree about the shipping times. I regularly get stuff shipped from the UK and it gets here in a week. Framing supplies from over east, over 3 weeks... and counting.
    Doubling up on my order and and getting some BW chemicals and film to add to the E6 chemicals to make it worthwhile.
    Thanks for the advice.
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    I'm currently waiting for some chemical kits from the UK. Unfortunately it looks like it hasn't made it out of the UK (tracking indicates it's been sitting at the "international hub" for over a week) so I'm weighing up some alternatives. I'll probably end up buying minilab supplies and accepting that I'll toss 90% of it. I'm about to set up an account with the Kodak distributor through work (mainly for RA-4 paper) so it's possible I can get some things through them but it might be by the container for things they don't normally stock/list (4x5 colour negative film for example is a minimum 20 boxes and it's still cheaper to import from the US). Apart from Vanbar (who I haven't had good experiences with) does anyone know of any other options?

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    If you do end up purchasing minilab film* chemicals, I'd be interested in getting some from you.



    * I have more than enough RA4 chems.

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    I get Kodak chems through Vanbar, they're good at ordering shit in from Kodak. I replenish my E-6. I don't think you can beat Vanbar prices when it comes to replenishable Kodak and Fuji chemistry.

    Hell I've even got them to get in stuff they don't even list from Kodak by giving them the catalogue number, got some ECN-2 chems that way.


    Vanbar have Kodak E-6 chems sitting on the shelf at Fitzroy, except for the colour developer part iirc, just place it on order at their site and they'll get it in at some point.



    If you are worried about the bleah cost, just remember the process is modular, just use a ferricyanide bleach (which you can replenish) which is cheap as.


    For processing with a non E-6 bleach or non-Kodak bleach with the Kodak E-6 chems..

    First Developer
    Soak
    Reversal Bath
    Colour Developer
    *Stop & Rinse (replacing the pre-bleach bath)
    Your Bleach Here
    Wash Well (may want a sulphite bath after a rinse for a ferricyanide bleach, then wash well)
    Kodak E-6 Fixer (cheaper than B&W fix)
    Wash Well
    Stabiliser as Final Rinse (since Pre-Bleach contains dye preservative, you need to move it over here, such as using C-41 Stabiliser III which has formaldehyde in it as the final rinse).

    Other option for dye stability is to use pre-bleach after colour dev step for stabilisation, and then rinse/wash it out and then use your bleach.

    Here is just some of the stuff, all local, except the one bottle of HC-110 which I got from an APUG member.




    Here is an example of the above process described but using Flexicolor III bleach on E100VS in Kodak E-6 chemistry (replenished), in a Paterson hand tank:
    Last edited by Athiril; 03-09-2012 at 04:29 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    I wrote a long message here regarding my experiences with Vanbar over the years but deleted it. Perhaps they are better to deal with if you are able to walk into their store. Suffice to say although I will purchase things from them, I now only do so as a last resort.

    My chemicals are still sitting in the UK and it doesn't look like Parcelforce will ship them so I have asked Matthew at Ag-photographic to see if he can get them back. Bummer

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    Quote Originally Posted by ras351 View Post
    I wrote a long message here regarding my experiences with Vanbar over the years but deleted it. Perhaps they are better to deal with if you are able to walk into their store. Suffice to say although I will purchase things from them, I now only do so as a last resort.

    My chemicals are still sitting in the UK and it doesn't look like Parcelforce will ship them so I have asked Matthew at Ag-photographic to see if he can get them back. Bummer
    I special ordered my ECN-2 chemistry from Vanbar via email, you just need to talk to the right person, not generic sales person. They added to the catalogue just for my order, they also added Flexicolor Starter late last year which they didn't have before and now have in store (last I checked) since other people started with Flexicolor but didn't want to mix their own starter.

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    Dan, if you have time and feel inclined to do so could you post a list of chemicals and part number to order from Vanber for E6. It might help out a few people here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ras351 View Post
    I wrote a long message here regarding my experiences with Vanbar over the years but deleted it. Perhaps they are better to deal with if you are able to walk into their store. Suffice to say although I will purchase things from them, I now only do so as a last resort.

    My chemicals are still sitting in the UK and it doesn't look like Parcelforce will ship them so I have asked Matthew at Ag-photographic to see if he can get them back. Bummer
    I have had two lots of chemicals posted from A-G photographic last month, both 5 litre kits. One took less than a week to arrive, the other 2 weeks. If you order B&W chemicals apparently they are more problematic for Matthew at A-G photographic to send. So I ordered the B&W chemicals from PRA in Perth and guess what? Been waiting for 4 weeks. So I contacted them last week and it will be another 3 weeks for delivery. I too have given up on Vanbar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robMP61 View Post
    I have had two lots of chemicals posted from A-G photographic last month, both 5 litre kits. One took less than a week to arrive, the other 2 weeks. If you order B&W chemicals apparently they are more problematic for Matthew at A-G photographic to send. So I ordered the B&W chemicals from PRA in Perth and guess what? Been waiting for 4 weeks. So I contacted them last week and it will be another 3 weeks for delivery. I too have given up on Vanbar.
    There weren't any B&W chemicals in the order although it's a bit bizarre that they would be more problematic to ship than colour - perhaps it's something to do with the packaging rather than the contents. The good news is both packages finally arrived. Both were shipped on the 28th Feb, the first arrived on the 14th March, the second on the 20th. Both had a nice orange sticker saying they couldn't be shipped by air, surface only, which was dated the 28th Feb. This was covered by another sticker saying something like "Checked parcs, ok to fly" which wasn't dated. Basically it looks like they were pulled until Matthew had their account manager chase it up and determine they could actually ship the things via air. I'm still going to chase up the Kodak components when I can as the Fuji E-6 kit is formaldehyde free which I'm not convinced is as stable but nothing a soak in the Kodak C-41 stabilizer won't fix.

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