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    Hi from Kangaroo Island

    Another old fart joins the forum! I'm a retired ex-university student counsellor, now living in bliss in a small coastal village on this beautiful island off the coast of South Australia. I've been taking photos on and off for around 60 years. My experiences with digital photography have led me almost to grind to a halt. I don't want to run it down - it has its place - but film is what makes my soul sing. Happily, I've just bought a Mamiya 645 1000s and a Pentax MX and I'm going to build myself a darkroom in the garage. I feel liberated and ready to go again. This forum seems like a place where civilized, intelligent and friendly people hang out and I really love the idea that if more people keep signing up we're keeping film alive.
    I haven't made a print for forty years and I've forgotten everything, so I'm hoping to browse and ask advice and join in where I can.

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    Howdy and welcome to Apug land. Don't worry, it's like riding a bicycle, you may be a little tipsy at first, but once you get going you'll fly. The only difference from 40 years ago is better products, albeit fewer of them. Multigrade papers are phenominal, and the eastern european papers are superb.
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    Hello and a warm welcome to APUG! Love that name to your island!

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    Welcome to the community! Congrats on your retirement. Great cameras too! Cant wait to hear you progress of building out your darkroom!

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    Welcome to APUG ! Greetings from Istanbul.

    I read in time , Our friends from Australia are complaining about the paper expenses , air cargo fees and custom fees. If you face with trouble , some of Australians order film , paper , chemical together and share the expenses , this would be better for your wallet. Dont afraid to ask help , many people comes together from your land. Do you develop film byyourself ? Do you have scanner ? It would be great to see your islands pictures.

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    lesm - hello and welcome to APUG!
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    Welcome to APUG, and good luck with your darkroom.
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    Welcome from Melbourne!

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    Thank you all for your very warm welcome! I knew I'd come to the right place! Yes, I'll certainly keep you posted on progress with my darkroom. And Umut, yes, I develop my own b&w film and I do have a scanner, so I'll post some photos of Kangaroo Island when I can find some time. Right now I'm getting ready for a couple of exhibitions (my last in digital format, perhaps?) but I'll get cracking next month. (And my great-great grandfather was born in Istanbul).

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