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    CHICAGO CAMERA SHOW

    Its been a long time since I attended any photo shows/marts, are they worth attending now? Anyone go to last years show in this area?

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    Sunday, November 9, 2008
    CHICAGO CAMERA
    RADISSON HOTEL Schaumburg

    http://www.photorama.com/dates.html
    Items for sale or trade at www.Camera35.com

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    It's a toss up. I went when I lived in IL, but the number and quality of vendors varied widely. The general rule was too many vendors crammed in too small a room. If your looking for something specific ....?

    They sometimes have one in Downers Grove for the south side folks. I think it's a better swap meet.

    Joe
    There is no such thing as taking too much time, because your soul is in that picture. -Ruth Bernhard

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    Depends if you are just browsing, sometimes something interesting shows up. If you are looking for something specific, I have found better condition for less cost at KEH. These shows are waning - MF and LF very sparse. Fewer vendors and fewer attendies than 5 years ago. Most of the darkroom vendors have quit the business. Sad.

    Bob
    "I always take a camera, That way I never have to say 'Gee, look at that - I wish I had a camera'" -Joe Clark, H.B.S.S.

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    Bob is right about the darkroom vendors. There used to be a couple of darkroom guys where you could get stuff really cheap but I guess there's no interest any more to make the trip profitable. It also depends if the seller has made his gas money yet. They'll give away some stuff just to recoup the travel and the price of their table.

    Prices are really low on oddball stuff. mainstream cameras can be pricey. You can always offer 'em a lowball amount and see how it goes. I'll probably go.

    John

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    They always show in Milwaukee the day before Chicago and It was always a fun little show. The last two years were almost empty of product and the guys who were there say they can do better on eBay..Evan Clarke

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    Photorama used to have these every month. Same vendors, same bargain hunters. The shows and the number of customers dwindled and now the shows are less frequent so I tend to go every two or three months just for giggles. Every once in a while I find something worth carting home, but not often.
    Heavily sedated for your protection.

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    Just an update on the show this past weekend: Probably better than usual but absolutely zero darkroom stuff. Two 8x10 deardorfs with different kinds of backs for odd formats - in really good shape. ( Maybe they were backs for 11x14)

    Lots of generic 35mm stuff. some medium format. Fair amount of LF lenses in shutters. Some really big old brass LF barrel lenses. Some studio lighting stuff.

    But it was pretty small. Big difference from even 3 years ago.

    John

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    Chicago & Indianapolis show this weekend March 2 & 3 2013

    Saturday, March 2nd 2013, 10am - 3pm.

    Location:

    La Quinta Inn & Suites Indianapolis South
    5120 Victory Drive, Indianapolis IN 46203

    $5 admission, Students with I.D. $3, Children under 12 are free!
    Buy discounted tickets to: Indiana Camera Swap

    Additional Information
    This show is for buying and selling everything photography-related :
    Cameras - Digital, Classic, Antique
    Film - Video, Images
    Tripods, Lighting, Accessories... And more!
    New and Used equipment
    Bring your equipment to trade or sell.
    Reserving a Table at the Show
    If you have a lot of equipment to sell, you have the option of reserving a table for the Camera Trade Show. Tables are $75 each. Buy three, get one FREE!
    If you are interested, simply e-mail or call us with any of the following information:
    • Name
    • Contact Information (phone and email)
    • Number of Tables to Rent
    • Any questions or concerns

    Sunday March 3rd, 2013
    CHICAGO CAMERA
    SHOW & SALE
    HOLLIDAY INN-ROLLING MEADOWS
    (847)259-6600
    3405 Algonquin Road,
    I-90 or 290 West to 53 North to
    Algonquin Road East 2 Blocks, Rolling Meadows, IL


    60-6 Ft tables $70ea
    $6 Admission, $5 with coupon, Students $2 with ID
    OPEN TO PUBLIC 10-3pm

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    Camera Show
    This is the next show we are having, great show with dealers from across the US and Japan. Tables are still available. Buy, Sell, trade.
    The Chicago Photographic Collectors Society
    Spring International Camera and Image Show and Sale.
    Sunday May 5, 2013 10 am to 3 pm
    North Shore Holiday Inn
    5300 West Touhy Ave. Skokie, IL. 60077
    Contact: chicagophotographic@comcast.net
    website:chicagophotographic.org

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    Might have to pencil this in, never been to a camera show, thanks for the heads-up
    Andy



 

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