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    A bouquet: Vancouver photo stores

    I'm visiting Vancouver this month and really have to say something nice about some of the dealers here.

    Yesterday I went to Beau Photo and today I went to Leo's Camera, both located in Vancouver (as I'm sure all of you know). Wow - what great dealers.

    I managed to leave over $200 at each of them even though I wasn't really looking to buy anything.

    Both have an exceptional stock of analog materials. Beau has tons of film (from many different manufacturers) with sizes as large as 8x10 in stock. (I didn't check Leo's film stocks since I have far too much film.) Both stores have huge selections of photographic paper and chemistry.

    I've been to Toronto many times and nobody there (that I've visited) has the darkroom stock that either of these dealers has.

    Anyway, if you are going to visit Vancouver, visit these stores. If you live here and don't use them, use them some and encourage them to keep supporting film photography.
    Jim MacKenzie - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

    A bunch of Nikons; Feds, Zorkis and a Kiev; Pentax 67-II (inherited from my deceased father-in-law); Bronica SQ-A; and a nice Shen Hao 4x5 field camera with 3 decent lenses that needs to be taken outside more. Oh, and as of mid-2012, one of those bodies we don't talk about here.

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    Sweeeet! I'm moving out to the island this month and I'm glad to know nearby Vancouver has enough to keep me happy on the film / chemistry front. Benefit of a big city, I guess.
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    I have only one complaint about Beau photo - they are not open weekends or evenings. Anyone who shops there would be doing us in the 'burbs a real favour if you could mention that they could have even more loyal fans if they'd open when we could get to them more easily.

    They also don't really have a web store.

    With respect to Leos, please encourage them, because while they are still quite good, they aren't as enthusiastic about the darkroom supplies as they used to be.

    Matt

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    I was quite impressed with Beau when I was there in '05. As I recall, they had a good selection of film at the time. I felt like a kid in a candy store.

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    I dropped by Leo's camera (the one on Granville, anyway) when I was in Vancouver, and managed to find some Forte PWT with ivory base. Needless to say, I was impressed. The owner also has a rad collection of cameras at the front of the store, so I could play with a Zorki and a Kiev, which made me go for the Kiev.
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    I used to frequent Leo's and I thought the selection wasn't too bad. Spent a few bucks there. I would really like to go to Beau Photo Supply which the next time I take a day trip to Vancouver from Victoria I'll stop by. I want to try some of the Foma paper.

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    last month and the begining of this month I spent over 3k at Beau and have mixed feelings, but mostly positive. I'll try leo's first chance I get.

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    There is an interesting-looking camera store on 41st St. just west of East and West Boulevard. I didn't have a chance to write down the name, but it seemed to have a good stock of used stuff visible in the window. Any word on this place?
    Jim MacKenzie - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

    A bunch of Nikons; Feds, Zorkis and a Kiev; Pentax 67-II (inherited from my deceased father-in-law); Bronica SQ-A; and a nice Shen Hao 4x5 field camera with 3 decent lenses that needs to be taken outside more. Oh, and as of mid-2012, one of those bodies we don't talk about here.

    Favourite film: do I need to pick only one?

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    I can vouch for both of these stores...have not spent as much time or money, but I've visited both and the staff were knowledgeable and friendly, and the stock was impressive, too.

    The nicest paper I ever printed with -- Oriental Warmtone VC fibre based -- was obtained at Beau.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoJim View Post
    There is an interesting-looking camera store on 41st St. just west of East and West Boulevard. I didn't have a chance to write down the name, but it seemed to have a good stock of used stuff visible in the window. Any word on this place?
    Jim:

    You are referring to Kerrisdale cameras. Their used inventory at that main store is okay, although maybe a little pricey. They used to be great for film and darkroom and pro level equipment, but sadly they are now a pale imitation of their former self.

    They have a few different stores. Strangely, the last time I was in their Victoria store, on Vancouver Island, it was a bit better for Darkroom supplies.

    Lens and Shutter, on Broadway isn't too bad for darkroom, but the selection is shrinking every time I go there. The film choice is okay there, but clearly they prefer Fuji to Kodak.

    If you are looking for 35mm P & S cameras, the Fotofun store near my office in New Westminster bought out somebody's inventory of a raft of that type of camera, and they are selling them all at really low prices (generally between $14.99 through $29.99). They are good people to deal with, and they continue to offer E6 and C41 and optical enlargements to 8x12, but their film and darkroom stock isn't great, and tends to be pricey.

    Matt

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