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    Hello from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    Hello, I am a retired photographer & photo lab owner. I started off in the 60's with a Graflex 4x5 and worked my way through the Hasselblad's, a Mamiya twin lens and RB67, then as film quality improved went onto Nikon 35mm. I did all my own processing starting with black & white then AgfaColor: 7 baths if I remember correctly. Progressed through to Kodak RC37 then Kodak RC74 and finally just 2 baths to make prints. First films were of course C22 then C41. Slide was E2,to E6, with Agfachrome thrown in for good measure. These were initially done in a Colenta One Shot processor until we became automated with dip & dunk and continuous processors. I ultimately ended up owning 5 labs, one of which was a ProLab catering for professionals.

    I retired before digital took over, although I do dabble a bit with it. Amazing when I think back to waiting 35 min to see a print (still wet) when I first started. Now it is instantaneous.

    I made many friends at Kodak South Africa, many of whom came here from the USA. All wonderful gentleman. I sure do miss those days.

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    Hello Basil, Welcome to APUG! We're glad to have you here!
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    Hi, Basil, Welcome to APUG. Glad to have you here.

    I remember PE with great fondness having spent time there in '75, '87 and several more visits in the '90's and 200-07. One of my best sunrise photos was taken on the road to Uitenhage in 1975. Miss those days, for sure.

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    Hi Basil, and welcome to APUG.

    Good to see another South African here.

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    Welcome Home Basil !

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    Hello and a warm welcome to APUG! Looks like you got plenty of experience!

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    Welcome to APUG!

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    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

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    Basil - hello and welcome to APUG!
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    In 1995 I was backpacking SA and on my meandering way from Bloemfontein south, my Nikon F was stolen while I had a catnap on a combi bus.

    I picked up a used camera from a store in PE (an Olympus RF) and it lasted the rest of my trip and few years after that.

    I wonder if it was one of your stores if that was what the lab was attached to? I recall it was within walking distance to the museum by the beach. From PE I went to J Bay, then Tsitsikamma and the Garden Route. Awesome trip.

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    Thank you

    Thank you to all of you for your kind words of welcome. Aristophanes, mine were only labs, no camera sales except for the disposables. I know exactly which store you are talking about though... not there anymore.

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