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    Colour chemistry availability in AU

    Hi all,

    I just forked out for a CPA-2 after getting sick of paying nearly $15/roll for E-6 developing, plus I want to try optical RA-4 from 6x7. The problem is that I can't find any sellers with sane prices for colour chemistry in Australia, e.g. the Kodak 5L E-6 being $151 (PRA) to $162 (vanbar) and never stocked. One store here showed me the price list they get from the Kodak distributor and it's more than twice what I would pay retail from the UK (ag-photographic).

    I've been buying film and paper from Ag Photographic but the chemistry kits are pretty heavy and the shipping gets expensive - they don't seem to have any surface options (I've asked, lots!). Does anyone know of a competitively priced store in AU/asia or one in the US or UK that will do surface shipping? I'm happy to wait 6 weeks for the bottles to arrive if it saves me $100 on shipping a couple of kits.

    I've emailed calumet, since I know they ship chems within CONUS, unlike B&H.

    thanks...

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    "I apologize but we are not able to export any of these kits or chemistry out of the US." --Calumet.

    Well, that was quick.

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    There is vanbar if you want to give them a try http://www.vanbar.com.au

    Otherwise I own the Lighthouse Lab in sydney and can process E-6 for you via dip and dunk for far cheaper than $15.00 a roll.
    "Its my profession to hijack time" ~ Stephen Frizza.

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    I was where you are now when I decided to import component dry chemicals from Canada by surface freight (although they do offer air freight) from JDPhotochem in Canada.
    http://www.jdphotochem.com.

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    Unfortunately, JDPhotochem is no longer doing business.
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    If you were in Melb (im moving there on wednesday) I'd hand you off some of my concentrated colour neg developer for testing/fun

    Vanbar can be pretty good.. just mix and match the steps.. you dont need to go all Fuji or all Kodak.

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    I'm in Adelaide, though I drove to Melbourne about two weeks ago

    I see Vanbar has chems, but they're 3x the prices advertised by ag-photographic (UK), which is where I usually get stuff. I can ship stuff from the UK via 3-day courier and have it come out much, much cheaper than the Australian vendors that I've found so far.

    Stephen: what is your price for 120 E-6? I couldn't find it on your blog/website/thing. And (if you don't mind me asking - I assume you buy chems in much larger quantities than I would consider), where do you buy supplies?

    thanks...

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    Here is a summary of doing C-41 on the cheap from Vanbar by mixing and matching different steps from different companies/makers.
    http://athiril.blogspot.com/2010/05/...tive-film.html

    As far as E-6 go.. I got some out of date colour developer for E-6 (Kodak) from 2005 I think.. and its like new.. half price.. so the big lots of chems should last you just fine imho.

    First Dev Start: $17.44/95L
    http://www.vanbar.com.au/catalogue/product.php?id=62341

    First Dev Rep: $24.75/10L
    http://www.vanbar.com.au/catalogue/product.php?id=72252

    Colour Dev Start: ??? <-- they seem to be missing this but I have gotten it from them before. I've got enough atm for 40L, I could always send you a little if you needed (mine is Kodak), I'd ring and ask about colour dev starter. Or I can find out for you.


    Colour Dev Rep: $62.59/19L or $148.51/240L
    http://www.vanbar.com.au/catalogue/product.php?id=72251
    http://www.vanbar.com.au/catalogue/product.php?id=58642

    Bleach: $39.61/5L (I've got this Agfa stuff - used it for everything so far, C-41 and E-6, works great).
    http://www.vanbar.com.au/catalogue/product.php?id=47886

    Fixer: $6.27
    http://www.vanbar.com.au/catalogue/product.php?id=72253


    Stabiliser: $11.33
    http://www.vanbar.com.au/catalogue/product.php?id=62350


    I find it both cheap and easy to mix my own bleach and E-6 first dev, though I do it with first dev much more since I dont have a commercial dev, but a tonne of good bleach dumped on me by vanbar they were chucking out (as well as a tonne of some flexicolor and ektacolor chems).


    Quote Originally Posted by polyglot View Post
    I'm in Adelaide, though I drove to Melbourne about two weeks ago

    I see Vanbar has chems, but they're 3x the prices advertised by ag-photographic (UK), which is where I usually get stuff. I can ship stuff from the UK via 3-day courier and have it come out much, much cheaper than the Australian vendors that I've found so far.

    Stephen: what is your price for 120 E-6? I couldn't find it on your blog/website/thing. And (if you don't mind me asking - I assume you buy chems in much larger quantities than I would consider), where do you buy supplies?

    thanks...

    I can get family to post me stuff from Ag Photographic.. but I dont think you can get wet chems, plus that shipping cost would be massive wouldnt it?

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    Thanks Athiril, I like your guide and will probably end up having to do something similar. But in terms of prices, consider that (at Ag) a 5L Kodak E-6 kit is $70, Fuji C-41 is $60 and C-41 is a bit cheaper - that makes the Vanbar numbers pretty depressing. I also didn't see Reversal Bath or Pre-Bleach in your list of E-6 stuff, though I assume Vanbar will have them.

    Knowing that they keep for a long time is encouraging since I can just buy a monster kit of separate chems and share them with a couple other people, not that I know many locally (one?) who would be even vaguely interested in doing their own colour processing. Anyone here?

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    Are you back in Adelaide now polyglot? I could be interested, but am probably not ready yet (& probably more interested in Ra-4 first)

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