WTB Chems in Canada
Where the 'W' is where as much as want. I moved out here 6 months ago and I am just now gearing up to start souping my own film and possibly paper. I brought a years supply of c41 dev, stabilizer hypo clear a substantial amount of b&w dev (Xtol, HC110, D76) and a enough b&w paper dev to get me started.
What I need is a source to fill-in the gaps now (c41 bleach, and fix for all processes) and replenish everything over time. Where and how are Canadian's buying their goods. Fix ix my first need and I was wondering if folks are buying liquids or dry, from retail. mail order or online and where. If retail, I’m specifically interested in Vancouver.
Thanks a boatload in advance.
Contact Claire Vrana in Quebec. Here is the link to her website:
I am on the East coast and order all my B&W chemicals from her. Only good things to say about her. I usually email her a list with the items I want, she gets back to me with the total, I call her and pay by credit card.
Claire I'm sure can look after you.
But for liquid C-41 if you are doing volume there must be a source suppling mini-labs in Vancouver.
Some one posted these guys last month.
John, have you checked Leo's Camera on Granville street? When I was there they had all sorts of stuff, including some Forte paper (snif snif), all sorts of pro color film, etc. They seem to be in the right category for your needs.
You might try Treck-Hall in Vancouver - they used to supply Kodak C41 and E6 chemical, film and paper. They recently (Dec 2006) merged with a US firm heavy in digital printing so I don't know what they now stock. See the attached link or you can google Treck Hall for more recent info.
Try Beau Photo in Van they are good for ordering things in if they don't have it on hand. Which they might since they have colour paper on hand. They have all the black and white chemicals on hand as does Lens and Shutter which is where I work.
...so the mystery is over. Claire IS a woman.
Claire Vrana in Quebec
I buy all my chems from her...I finally got my ferric oxalate from her but haven't tested its purity yet...
I don't recall chems at Beau for mixing your own stuff...but they do have big name stuff there...but they are into gouging...Leo's? snobs.
Buy your owns powdered chemicals and mix from scratch. Cheaper and more fun.
I have never had a problem with prices at Beau except for 669 polaroid, I usually buy my chemicals from them as they have the best prices. I find Leo's a little more expensive and don't have the selection of chemicals and papers and over priced for used equipment. Another thing you may be interested in is the camera swap in Coquitlam it's on Sunday April 15th this year.
I keep coming back to this tread to say thanks, but find new posts and I'd just assume they continue. The information is great, please keep it coming...
Vistek.ca have a fairly prominent web presence (but I haven't any direct experience with them, and I think I recall some concerns about them being inconsistent with respect to having items in stock).