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    DOH!! With everything going on I forgot to read Black and White Photography magazine this month other than the very good article by Les McClean on mounting I'll have a read up on their findings as well.

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    I haven't tried the Classic 200 speed myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TPPhotog
    Went over to Jessops today... Surprise surprise no-one there had heard the news about Agfa or Ilford so I guess that shows their commitment to film
    You're doing better than round here - In the Bournemouth shop you're lucky to find someone who even know who Ilford are. On the odd occasion I've bought film there most of the assistants insist that the formats I've asked for doesn't exist (until someone else finds it for them). I usually stomp around a bit, swear at that manager about the dreadfull service, and lack of choice.

    The last time I was there I also stocked up on Ilford surplies - I bought the shops entire inventory of Ilford Fibre paper: THE WHOLE BOX (100 sheets).

    I look forward to the time when Jessops set up another of their "specialist centers" - for photography! I don't see Jessops surviving much longer - once they've transitioned everyone to digital, they're just a more expensive alternative to PC World and Staples.

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    This is my first post here although I've been lurking for several months, soaking up knowledge and opinions. I wish my first post could have been under more positive circumstances but, unfortunately, I have been deeply saddened by the news of Ilford's plight.

    I am not a professional. I worked as a news photographer for 15+ years before burning out. I dropped out of photography for around 8 years after that. When I started again, I dabbled with scanning my older slides and making inkjets. I thought it would be cool to do the same with black and white but I quickly learned the results were not satisfying. I also discovered that working with photos on a computer screen was not for me. I set up my darkroom again and started printing with silver and chemicals. I am not interested in doing photography for pay. My only goal is the satisfaction I get from making a nice picture I can hold in my hand. Not a virtual photograph--a real photograph.

    For the last two years or so, HP5+ and Pan F+ have been the only film I've used in 35mm and 120. I worked out a processing system that produces results that please me. I've been printing my negatives on Ilford MG Warmtone and MGIV. I haven't been much interested in experimenting with other films and papers (other than a little infrared) because I like knowing how materials will respond.

    The point of this is that I am not a typical "photographer". Apparently many on these forums are not typical either. We are not into the digital conundrum of continuous hardware upgrading or the instant gratification or the lack of tactility. My view is that many here are into the craftsmanship of the photograph. To this end, we are in the minority and the majority drives the marketplace.

    I do photography because I love it. I discovered it 30-odd years ago and it was love at first sight. It is my religion, my sport, my hobby, my enjoyment, my obsession. A very important part of my life may be having to face a major adjustment. I don't freaking like it.

    So, anyway, this is my sad way of saying "hello".

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    Ian, We are quite lucky around here as far as actual equipment is concerned as Mifsud are only 20 minutes drive away down at Brixham.

    Alas Jessops are the only "darkroom supplier" left near here so I use them for all my chemicals and papers as well as film. I quite often clear Jessops out of their Ilford films but happily they can get what I want in within 2 or 3 days.

    I very much agree that unlesss you go in knowing exactly what you want you do tend to be snookered (put politely). For some reason today they seemed to have all sorts of Ilford papers both fibre and RC in stock, plus their own errrm brand, but Agfa paper which I wanted to try was no where to be seen.

    Tony

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Shively
    ... The point of this is that I am not a typical "photographer". Apparently many on these forums are not typical either. We are not into the digital conundrum of continuous hardware upgrading or the instant gratification or the lack of tactility. My view is that many here are into the craftsmanship of the photograph. To this end, we are in the minority and the majority drives the marketplace.

    I do photography because I love it. I discovered it 30-odd years ago and it was love at first sight. It is my religion, my sport, my hobby, my enjoyment, my obsession. A very important part of my life may be having to face a major adjustment. I don't freaking like it.

    So, anyway, this is my sad way of saying "hello".
    Lee, Welcome here from another who "burnt out", I think you have summed-up why many of us are here beautifully. Great to have you on-board

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    Well said Lee, welcome to APUG.

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