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    4x5 for sale in Australia?

    I'm so tired of Australia being so completely digital now. I'm desperately looking for an ebony SV45U2 or Wisner 4x5 but can't find anything for sale in Australia With our dollar doing so poorly against the US at the mo, does anyone know of where I can get some gear? Cheers in advance,
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    Here is one from ebay USA but it is from an Australian location and seller. http://cgi.ebay.com/Ebony-SW45-4X5-l...1%7C240%3A1318
    Cheers Michael.

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    It's probably very difficult to find anything where you are, even in Brisbane. If you get a chance to come to Melbourne, Camera Exchange are pretty good and I think they usually have some LF stuff.

    By the way, welcome to APUG.

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    You might also try the Photographic Trader bi-monthly magazine available in newsagents - look for the bright yellow cover. Lots of private advertisements from sellers and those wishing to buy. You can place a wanted to buy advert for free. Plenty of dealers advertise. It's a photographic tech-head delight with heaps of analog gear. I've been reading this magazine for 12 years - I subscribe to get the early bargains before it hits the news stands. Cheers Michael.

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    I would also suggest a subscription to the Photographic Trader, I receive it about 4 days before it hits the newsagents.

    Hmmm, $2,600 USD if a bit of moolah since the drop in the Oz dollar.

    9 Months old, either it didn't work out or cash required due to the financial situation.

    The Trader has had an 8x10 Ebony from Tasmania not that long ago, some very interesting and serious stuff gets a look in that publication.

    Mick.

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    The Trader, and ebay is where I've seen consistently good prices.

    These guys from time to time have some gear.

    Overseas, KEH always has some good gear: they are not too expensive, although shipping is s-l-o-w.

    Good luck!
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    Thanks for the tips guys.
    I've had an eye on the SW45 Michael but it's bellows extension is very limited...good for 6x9 rollfilm though. I want something with a little more movements and will take a longer lens (it's no good being unhappy and wanting to change the system in 6 months). I already subscribe to the photo trader but have found a steep reduction in large format camera sales (of a high quality). I bought an xpan II from the camera exchange about 18 months ago and have been really happy with their service...but alas, another drop in large format gear. I'll give KEH a go. Thanks again guys, it's great to be a part of the team.

    Craig

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    Nsouto,
    While shipping across the pond may be slow, KEH stands behind their return policy.
    Don't forget MPEX and Badger Graphics either.
    Chris

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    There's a private sale I've been agonising about here (originally found through PICA classifieds):

    http://users.spin.net.au/~hutchphoto/plaubel/index.html

    Maybe not quite what you are after but a good buy nonetheless.

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    Have a look at Vanbar. Some second hand ex-pro/studio LF gear at the North Melbourne (head office) outlet. Heaps of sheet film there, too BTW; can't be certain it's ebody (Linhof?).
    “The photographer must determine how he wants the finished print to look before he exposes the negative.
    Before releasing the shutter, he must seek 'the flame of recognition,' a sense that the picture would reveal
    the greater mystery of things...more clearly than the eyes see."
    ~Edward Weston, 1922.

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