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Nostalgia Nexus - early and pre-digital discussion Want to discuss the really early days of digital and even film - here is the place for you.

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Re: Who remembers Photo CD?

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I do remember using that at the beginning of my photographic journey in 1971 and it was used with my Zenith. Still have the slides. Awful to look at as the colours are all washed out.
It is amazing how much you can recover from scans of faded negs, slides and even prints. Sometimes all it takes is a press of the "Auto" button and all the colour pops back out. It won't be as good as the original, but can be far better than expected.

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I too developed my own slide films. Remember Ferraniacolor?
I not only used and developed Ferraniacolor CR50, but mixed the chemicals from scratch. The formula was published in IIRC the AP Yearbook. You could buy a kit to develop the film, but it worked out expensive as it was enough for several films and wouldn't keep. I scrounged the individual chemicals from the chemistry department where I worked and weighed out just enough for one film at a time. It was a fiddle, but worked OK and I won a competition with one of the slides.

I gave a demonstration at a camera club, finishing by hardening the emulsion in formalin, drying in alcohol and in front of a radiator, and finally mounting and projecting a few samples.

I tried colour printing, but could never get the colour balance right and always ended up with a bin of duff prints.

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Do you remember Marston & Heard?

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Oh yes, I remember Marston and Heard. And Fishwicks at Haydock. And I still use ASA when I'm muttering to myself.
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Re: Who remembers Photo CD?

Ah yes, Fishwicks - a family name like Greenwood, which remains, to this day, highly localised.

How about Mathers of Manchester, always advertised outdated film in 10s (that 10x, not the price) in AP. They still do advertise from tiem to time, but have long since closed the shop on John Dalton Street, so they are now Mathers of Lancashire.

There's more to come, I'm sure

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Mathers is now based in Bolton, and are certainly competitive for Panasonic lenses, and still offer excellent service.
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Oh yes, I remember Marston and Heard. And Fishwicks at Haydock. And I still use ASA when I'm muttering to myself.
I used to manage the Marston & Heard store in Lea Bridge road in the early 80s

I also managed the Phototec Group's store in Green Lanes, Harringay (Harringay Photographic). While I was manager we won the Amateur Photographer Dealer of the Year Award

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Wow we are really going back some time now.
I used to go to a shop in Hitchin and buy all my darkroom supplies.
I tried a shop in Haringey who were absolutely dirt cheap. Their film supplies (100m of Tri-X) were excellent but there ex MOD paper was really naff. singleweight and insisted on curling no matter what you tried. Nailing it down helped.
Barfen is a name a seem to recall, but in those days I was a Tri-X and D76 man; 9 minutes at 70 degrees F if I remember rightly. Oh and I always found Tri-X worked best for me when rated at 320 ASA. Remember ASA?
The Haringey (Harringay?) shop was one of mine (Harringay Photographic) run in the early 1980s by the Phototec group, who also owned Barfen. They sold a lot of ex MOD gear - mostly junk - but we sold tons of it! They also bought lorry loads of short-dated Agfa and Kodak black and white paper - some of it really very good. My favourite was Agfa Portriga Rapid, a subtly warm tone bromide paper (not RC). I managed the shop for a couple of years in the early 1980s.

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Re: Who remembers Photo CD?

This brought back a memory of the second digital camera we had in work it used a mini CD instead of a card. Wish I knew were it went!
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Re: Who remembers Photo CD?

I'd forgotten all about Portriga Rapid.
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Re: Who remembers Photo CD?

Portiga rapid? Great paper, bought loads of it from Haringey Photographic.
Might even of met you there then Ian. I first went there when as a poor starving RAF
sergeant with a young family it offered excellent value for money. Early 70's.
My father had a lot of contacts in the Turkish community and we used to go to quite a few functions in that area.
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Re: Who remembers Photo CD?

I was at HP around 1981/2 - the shop was a bit of a dump compared to Marston & Heard (itself in need of a makeover) but it was large and had an Aladdin's cave of rooms over several floors with even more junk! Old waxed paper everywhere!

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