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08-12-2015, 07:10 PM   #1
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To Aussie, with the Pentax MX and the Mamiya RB67

For a "fortnight" through Sydney, Victoria/New South Wales border and Hobart/South Tasmania, I am preparing to take this vintage kit.

The RB67 ProS lens is the Mamiya Sekor C 1:4.5 f=50mm, wide angle
The Pentax MX lens is the SMC Pentax 1:2 55mm, slightly telephoto.
The flash is the Pentax AF16 which was the last ( as far as i know) Pentax flash with a dedicated pc cable.

Last winter I restored the RB67 ProS body a bit, with new bellows and mirror buffers etc.
The bellows job was quite a challenge but the camera is in good shape now and light tight.

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You'll have a blast - welcome (in advance) to Australia.
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welcome (in advance) to Australia.
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I spent about a year or 2 in Canberra ( Department of the Navy, but in 1972 or so! ) and alas, no camera at that time.
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What an excellent kit for a trip. I think I would do sort of the same thing, Rolleiflex 2.8f, Pentax MX w/77mm and 31mm, and Ricoh GR. And a gang of film…….

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Australia is great. I love it. Lived down under for almost 3 years so it's like 'home' for me. Sydney is pretty awesome. Taz is still on my bucket list. Never been to Taz (yet)...
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And a gang of film…….
I am thinking to take another roll of 35mm C41 iso 200, as there is a half roll left in the MX.
And 2 rolls of Fuji 400 H for the Mamiya, with one back.

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Never been to Taz (yet)..
They just had a "tough" winter with a thin coat of snow-n- ice here and there.
They sent photos of all that to Michigan looking for sympathy. - !! -After our last two winters ???
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QuoteOriginally posted by wombat2go Quote
Thanks,
I spent about a year or 2 in Canberra ( Department of the Navy, but in 1972 or so! ) and alas, no camera at that time.

Nice!

I will be visiting family in Ireland from 26 Aug - 27 Sep inclusive, however if you are including Canberra in your travels, I have a stellar Vivitar Series 1 200 f2.8 manual lens.
You are welcome to borrow if you like and return by me using Australia Post.

I'm sure my wife would be able to hand it over.

cheers,

David

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Went to Sydney a couple of times and really enjoyed the trip. Good luck and good light to you!

This one on Agfa Ultra 100.


This one on Fuji RVP100F
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Thanks all,
I am learning and have learned that it is a challenge to get a good image out of medium format C41 120 and onto a 27 inch.
But when I do ( about less than 3 per year) it makes it worthwhile.

Here is one that nearly made it but not quite.
I took this one last year in Sydney Harbour with a 1953 vintage camera and lens : Century Graphic / Graftar f/4.5 103 mm
https://app.box.com/s/4yt9pobksv5vanl70q2w37xe1ym3gntg

lenticular:
"I have a stellar Vivitar Series 1 200 f2.8 manual lens."
That is a great offer and i would have to bring the heavy duty Slik tripod to use it !
So I have one more reason to return to Canberra, maybe next year.
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No worries Wombat2go - in fact I made a mistake, it's a series 1 70-210 f2.8, not a 200/2.8! Next year as you say, if I haven't sold it....I bought it 2nd hand in 1982 in England and it has been largely unused for about 10 years - still produces great images though.
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While in Vic (well, Melbourne if you come down this far) if you find yourself in need of film I can suggest the following:

Michaels (Melb CBD)
Vanbar (Fitzroy)
Peninsula Camera (Frankston)
Filmneverdie (Parkville)
Photoresource (Fitzroy)

There's also Analogue Academy in Geelong, but not sure if they sell film (They do develop though, so can't see why they wouldnt?)


Of them all I've personally used Michaels and Peninsula Camera, Peninsula I found good, pricing not as good as the web, but what you expect for bricks and mortar.
Michaels are probably the largest one in Vic, pricing ok. They know their stuff well (anything from 35mm to large format)

Vanbar are apparently really good too, my dad used to go there heaps. Peninsula camera send their E6 films there (Peninsula do C41 in house)


And the last one is Pbarcelon on ebay, a really nice guy in the Oakleigh area. He has no shop or anything, just a guy who loves film and buys bulk lots and sells via ebay (he does do private sales, but I've unfortunately lost his phone number)

If you need any more info on the Melbourne film scene just ask.
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Yes enjoy your stay, shame you are not coming up this way, you are going to all the cold places. Still Tasmania will put a smile on your face, hire a car, drive up into the central mountains and lakes and over to the west coast. Just like the US / Canadian northern west coast, cold, wet, and filled with forests of bloody big trees. You'll go broke getting all the film developed and printed.
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+1 for Michael's in Melbourne. I know there used to be a pretty good camera shop in Hobart that did 35mm film, but it's been ten years since I was last there and heaven only knows what's happened to it since.
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Oh, I know Peninsula Camera.
I am fairly sure that is where I had my negs scanned to the Kodak pcd format in mid 1990's and I purchased the Kodak PhotoCD player there.

I bought a Ricoh K body at the big pawn shop nearby. Is that still there? It was more of a de-luxe pawn shop compared to the ones here!
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