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    Melbourne Photography Market @ Camberwell

    Well the March market showed the graphic change happening in the film based photographic scene.

    Seller stands were down by 20% and the attendance appeared to be down as well. Certainly the queue prior to the 0800 start was really down compared to any other market I have attended, had an extremely interesting conversation with a very senior citizen in the queue, turned out that he was a staff photographer for the Argus newspaper in the fifties through to the end of the paper.

    He was processing colour for a royal visit in the fifties, all of the film was 4x5" and everyone was using speed graphic cameras. It was one of the few times I can remember that I wasn't wishing for the doors to open, heavens he was interesting.

    Anyway I waltzed in walked around and within 30 seconds I spied an excellent 8x10" Ilford safelight house, complete with filter and working globe inserted, $5.00.

    On the adjoining table there was a Toyo 4x5 technical camera with shot bellows, very secondhand everything but a very nice 270mm lens with a shutter that worked, $190 for the lot, or $160 for the lens. I mentioned that I would check out the hall for other stuff, which I did, returned a few minutes later, the lens had gone.

    Picked up two Toyo 4x5 DDS in excellent looking condition $20 each.

    Two very small flexible cable releases, $4.00 each.

    Mint condition Nikkor f/2.8 55mm micro nikkor, $200, This was bought for a student, I cannot believe how new this looks and feels, compared to my own micro nikkor.

    The World of Lith Printing by Tim Rudman $45, don't know whether this was cheap or expensive but I wanted this book and it's new and is a 2006 publication.

    Anyone out there who is looking for a 4x5" Jobo film loader, I know where one is for about $40 and it's brand new.

    Mick.

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    Hi Mick, I didn't make it to Camberwell this year, which is probably just as well because they are very hard on the wallet. Last time I went I sold some stuff, made about $250.00 but turned around and spent another $500.00.
    Certainly the place to go for bargains. A lot of sales used to be made to begginers or students and that market has dried up with the onset of digital.
    BTW, I have yet to see any digis for sale at these markets, were there any at Melbourne?
    Cheers, Tony

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    Tony, I saw one binary camera for sale, I don't think people even looked at it.

    There were about three distinct student groups, one group had a master list of things to purchase. I found this out when a young student used her mobile to call the others to where she was, they then devoured the darkroom stuff on this particular table as a group.

    A surprising amount of darkroom stuff was around, some very interesting enlargers mainly LPL 7700 with either colour or B&W heads. There were two 4x5 enlargers with Ilford 500 multigrade heads on.

    One rather rare camera was one that took three 4x5 exposures at once, using a beam splitter. This was a wood camera and was being sold by the owner of The Camera Exchange, from his personal collection. This was quite old, rare and in pristine condition. I didn't ask the price, but it probably wasn't cheap as there were two serious camera collectors there and they obviously couldn't afford it.

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    I only learnt about this event today via another photography forum. I'm told there will be one in September in Ballarat and I'd love to learn when and where.

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    Kathie, I (I assume that is correct), Sunday September the thirteenth, two thousand and nine.

    0900hrs to 1700hrs, Ballarat Civic Hall, Cnr. Midland Hwy & Mair Street Ballarat.

    Vic roads Ref 255 M11

    Train to Ballarat one block west. (Hope the sun is shining so you can work out east from west

    Mick.

    Ps:- as a matter of interest a couple of people have mentioned car pooling for this, something to ponder.

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    Hi Mick,

    we had our photography market which is organized by the local camera club last weekend. The bad news: the average age of sellers increases from year to year, so there are no new comers on that side. The good news: no decline in seller stands but a decline of the average age of visitors. I never saw so many young people on a photography market and most of them bought into analog equipment (well there is hardly to find any digital stuff on the market).

    One thing, which I find funny every time, most stuff goes from one camera dealer to the next camera dealer before the market officially opens. I wonder how many cameras and lenses find their way back to the original owner over time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mick Fagan
    Anyone out there who is looking for a 4x5" Jobo film loader, I know where one is for about $40 and it's brand new.
    What I still do not understand is - what is a Jobo 4x5" film loader used to, I mean it is so easy to put the sheets on the reel. Does that mean it can be even easier?

    Cheers
    Ruediger

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    Quote Originally Posted by rst View Post

    snip.....

    What I still do not understand is - what is a Jobo 4x5" film loader used to, I mean it is so easy to put the sheets on the reel. Does that mean it can be even easier?

    Cheers
    Ruediger
    i wouldn't be without mine. It can be done without but it's soooo much easier to load color negs onto the reel.

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    You're funny and thanks for the information. I'll enter it into my diary. The Melways ref will help a great deal.

    Unless they're carpooling from my direction I expect I'll travel there on my own or drag hubby along for the ride. I accompany him on all his mountain biking trips

    Kathie


    Quote Originally Posted by Mick Fagan View Post
    Kathie, I (I assume that is correct), Sunday September the thirteenth, two thousand and nine.

    0900hrs to 1700hrs, Ballarat Civic Hall, Cnr. Midland Hwy & Mair Street Ballarat.

    Vic roads Ref 255 M11

    Train to Ballarat one block west. (Hope the sun is shining so you can work out east from west

    Mick.

    Ps:- as a matter of interest a couple of people have mentioned car pooling for this, something to ponder.
    Kathie M. Thomas
    Nikon D90
    Melbourne, Australia
    http://kathiesphotos.com

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    Kathie, that is a Vic roads reference, not a Melways!!!

    Mick.

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    Sorry, my mistake but thanks for letting me know.
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