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    well, at least your taxes went to something good

    I've recently found out from a friend that his dad purchased a porsche 911 gt2 at a sheriff's auction (drug bust car) for $9,500. I believe that was the starting bid too .

    he tells me the car is sweet, customized with navigation and a kickin stereo system.

    oh well, I got my Yashica T4 at the thrift shop for $2.50, so I'm kind of riding on air on that find .

    I've recently(up until resuming school) been using the facilities at a local photo center. They have pretty much everything, including Jobo systems(CPP2 and a bunch of CPA's). I'm one of the few people still shooting film(especially m/f and l/f), but the 2nd in command there knows I like film, and he happily gets me the c-41 chems and some kodak rapid fix. they let everyone else(seriously like 3 or 4 other people) use the bulk chems they get. good stuff, but he lets only me use the really good stuff . I've been talking to him about getting the E-6 chems, cause I've found a somewhat cheap source of 120 and 4x5 chromes here in LA. slightly expired, but good nonetheless.

    ohh... they have Imacons, a full b/w and color darkroom area(individual rooms w/ 4x5 enlargers) and 2 colex 30" ra-4 processors(one is set up for the digi people connected to a Chromira LED digital printer). They only run luster paper through the machine though, I prefer glossy. No matter.

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    A 911 for 9K? A T4 for $2.50? Awesome. I love these deals.
    I got my 2300 while googleing and doing research on the small units and this came up on a small city / gov surplus site.
    No one bid for it and I drove from NJ to Detroit to get her. My boy and I made a vacation during it at Put-in-Bay.

    I now always check the gov surplus sites.
    T

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    The only problem with that machine is having enough throughput to keep it up to snuff.

    I know I am shooting more film now than in the last 3-4 years but it would be hard to justify that thing in my house

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    Tom,

    Your Imacon scanner is an amazing steal too.
    Wish you were closer, with no customs office between you and me...

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    Bruce, what do you mean when you write Throughput? Enough product? Film?

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    i believe that's what he meant.

    Tom, you mentioned that you picked up your 2300 from a crime lab or something of the sort. They went through quite a bit of film when they shot film I would imagine, so yes, more throughput. A small, family-run portrait studio would be the ideal place for this setup too, since repeatability and reliability are needed for consistency. Especially when its business-related, not just a serious hobby.

    I would imagine though that the best place for this machine would be in a school(city college or university) where the photo dept would use it every day.

    A friend of mine who lives in AZ had his H.S. group class photograph shot on 4x5. He's a photo bug too, so he was able to talk to the photographer after seeing him make adjustments with the sinar f2 he was using to take the shot.

    4 sheets of film to get the shot right, and everyone paying $15 for an 11x14 picture(probably printed at costco) x350 students, makes for a nice little business if you ask me . and a good profit margin .

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    That makes sense, completely, but I purchased it because it makes life so wonderful and easy for developing E6 and C41 in one easy shot. It came with the Jobo Water mixing panel as well so I get my temps right on to the 1/10th of F. Degree. It's already paid for it's self, even with purchased chem, over and over again. And I used Target for .99 a roll for my daily stuff.

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    and the prices they get for dev. and scanning 4x5 C-41 and E-6 is just nutz. Deserving but not in my budget. And when/if I go larger, I'm set....

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