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  1. Hi, anyone have a used or new rep pump 220v suitable for Doli 2300 (I think similar pumps were used for all models anyway). There must be lots of unused RA printers around somewhere but a Google search doesn't show much in the UK, where have all the machines gone? cliveanton@talktalk.net
  2. You guys need to look at the transparency mount film on page 12 of the downloadable catalogue from hotpress.co.uk - lots of useful mounting items on their site, I have used them for heatseal etc for more years than I care to remember. Clive
  3. [/Hi Abrarkhan - You need to give more information when asking for help, what model machine and LCD do you have and what is the problem? I had a control PCB for a Sony 036 LCD fixed by the original designer/manufacturer very cheaply after Doli quoted lots for a replacement. Clive
  4. Colopt, Reference your sync plug problem I would suggest a look on Ebay for a S/hand Konica/Minolta A2 camera for around £100 mark in UK - no idea of price in Australia. An excellent SLR looking model but with fixed 28-200 zoom AND a sync plug. I used one for a couple of years before selling my shop and found it a good, solid workhorse that worked well with my old studio flashes.
  5. Magenta, your reminiscence of attempted and largely unsuccessful new film formats missed out the one I felt most deserving of adoption, but failed because Kodak refused to accept it and produce the camera or films to suit. I am talking about the Agfa Rapid system which used normal 35mm format, but passed the film directly from cassette to cassette in the camera and solved all the problems people had ensuring the film was attached safely to the take up spool in all other 35mm cameras of the time. Sadly when introduced Agfa had their own film process and a very small market share in the UK so without the adoption of the system by Kodak it was doomed from the start. I always felt that disc and 110 films were only invented for the benefit of the film manufacturers, so you got less film for your money, the negatives were too small to be really satisfactory. A format that never got invented , but seemed obvious to me was 35mm without the sprocket holes on one edge and the exposed area enlarged to make use of this part of the film – a more useful shape, professional style format of considerably enlarged negative area which would have required little modification to film processors or printers. Memories are made of this – could be a song title !
  6. Photographis: Hi My press is a hydraulic 32x22" but there is no problem doing larger prints in however many bites are necessary - I have seen 26x22" hardbed wheel operated presses go for a song and having used one in the past can honestly say they will do the job excellently. Try http://hotpress.co.uk/ for the gloss laminate, these days Ademco seem to be long gone. Good luck Clive Swiftimaging.com
  7. I am old and semi retired but having run a pro-lab for more years than I care to admit I still work for a few former customers from home - having kept most of the equipment from the lab days. I have been producing canvas prints since the early days when it first became possible to strip the emulsion from RA prints and it was necessary to heatseal them first to make them strong enough to peel off. About 5 years ago a customer came in with a canvas I had done 18 years previously and asked if it would be possible for me to copy and reprint it as it had slowly turned from colour to a sepia effect. A few questions soon acertained that it had spent all those years on display in a pub (before the smoking ban) so I took it to a sink and used a small scrubbing brush and washing up liquid on it, within a few minutes it looked as good as new. The point of this story is to illustrate the reason that even with inkjet canvas I still heatseal them all - knowing that it not only improves the look but I can be sure they will last, I can charge a little more and it is an excellent selling point to boot. Of course many of you will not have the room to install a hot press but if you have maybe it is worth considering - they fetch very little when they appear on Ebay! Just a thought, sorry about the long ramble. Clive Swiftimaging.com
  8. Maybe these suppliers - personally find there materials good and reasonably priced http://www.colourbyte.co.uk/content/blogcategory/112/1674/
  9. Any of you from around the southern part of England interested in buying a Kodak Stystem 89 DLS minilab for no more than
  10. JP Sorry if you took my dislike of what I regard as hard sell, American style operations as any form of personal critism - each to their own. I ran a prominent high street studio (opposite Marks & Spencer) for some years whilst Olan Mills were at their peak and survived very well, largely on their ex customers that became regulars with me, mainly because of the fair pricing policy outlined in my previous post. It was a large studio and I had different areas with various backgrounds, boudoir setting and a front-pro unit, so results provided varied styles, and customers bought lots of pictures, which we printed ourselves so still did very nicely. Before anyone asks, the business remained good and I moved on only because I gave away a house (the first of two!), needed somewhere to live and started the pro-lab with living accomodation above, which was great until some swine invented digital. In fact I would suggest that the public generally vote with their feet with most retail operations in this country, provided that they can find clear, fair, upfront pricing policy, and you can fool some of the people.......... Any talented photographer that makes some effort to use varied lighting and provides a genuine choice of styles in the finished product can raise prices and still be busy, even if he is upfront about pricing. Anyway, visited my solicitor this morning so the sale of my present premises is underway and a decision on my next move is getting closer. Incidentally they charge £160 per hour so maybe I could retrain, or just start charging my customers £16 for each phone call made or received!! 99.9% of lawyers give the others a bad name. (Change to Estate Agents, Politicians, Trafic Wardens etc. as required.) Clive
  11. Many thanks to those of you that have found time to offer suggestions and help so far. Photographis/Photosave. Both fairly encouraging with good points made which will be taken on board. LIZ. Sorry about your situation and I certainly wouldn't be considering a stand alone processing operation without a decent size studio facility, but not the Venture type suggested by JP. Askey. £70k per annum rent for a 2000 sq. ft. shop? These days, out of town shopping centres have resulted in most high streets having a fair number of charity shops/ empty units which makes for a buyers market. The premises I favour at present has been offered at £10k per annum and there will be any get out clause I demand, or I will look elsewhere. JP. To expand a little on my previous remark, I have in my varied past run a high street studio and must admit I shed a few tears over the demise of the Olan Mills group in December - laughter can do that! As the forerunner of the American idea of offering 'free' sittings and then screwing the customer for prints, using the psychological blackmail that any pictures not purchased will be destroyed, never appealed to me. The nearest Venture outfit is run by a long time friend and even he cannot explain to my satisfaction how to justify their cheapest offering - a 7x5 print in a very average frame for £70.00. I have always believed that anyone that wants decent photos of their family/baby/pets should be prepared to bear the cost of the sitting in return for sensbly priced reprints - especially in these days of easy copying available everywhere regardless of the copyright issues. Orange doesn't suit my complexion - but may become necessary, we will see. Anyway thanks again to all - no decision reached yet so I'm still listening. Clive
  12. Hi All, This is my first post, although I have read most of the archived messages on this board since joining a few weeks ago, to get some idea of the optimism or otherwise if those of you left in the industry. My situation is as follows and I am looking for honest opinions from the rest of you: After 40+ years in photography - the last 20 years running a pro lab, which has collapsed since the introduction of digital, I can either change direction to stay in photography or give up completely and join my peers in an orange coat working at B&Q! Currently I am in the process of selling my premises, which are in completely the wrong position to consider retail/public work, and if I continue it will mean leasing a shop with reasonable footfall potential. Currently looking at a 2000sq ft unit in a secondary shopping centre location, putting a studio, digital printing - including mugs, tee shirts etc., photocopying and retailing a few frames, albums, batteries ect. - would you go for it or not? Before decrying the idea I should probably add that I will take some current machinery (RA printing up to 40"x30", heatsealing and mounting) and keep a turnover of approx. £1k a month from past professional customers. I will need to buy a digital minilab (not new - just in case), 24" inkjet, mug press etc. but proceeds from sale of current property means there would be no finance payments to carry. Having read most of the past posts I expect and welcome different suggestions and opinions - over to you, and thanks in advance. Clive
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