E6/C41 chemistry suppliers in EU

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Serge Korolev, Jul 30, 2003.

  1. Hello,

    Recently I bought a Jobo CPE2+ machine and eager to start color
    processing (both C41 and E6) at home.
    Residing is a rather small Italian town, I've discovered that among
    over 20 photographic shops existing around here there's no one to
    offer amateur packs of E6/C41 chemistry. Neither they'd order such
    products on a customer's request (they don't have distributor's
    catalogs for stuff like this). Going to the labs proved to be no help
    as well.
    I am thinking to order E6/C41 amateur kits on the Internet and would
    appreciate community members' advise for a good online retailer
    (within the borders of the European Union). I am particularly
    interested in Fuji/Hunt and Kodak products (6-bath E6 and 3-bath C41
    kits) but would also consider Tetenal, Jobo and other alternatives.
    Thanks in advance,


    Serge Korolev, Jul 30, 2003
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  2. Jobo is re-labelled Fuji-Hunt stuff. I use their 3 x 5 l developer
    packages together with the 15 l cubitainer solution for the BX. Very
    nice results.

    All depends on how much you'll be using how fast. Small quantities are
    better served by Agfa's 0.5 l kits or the Tetenal tabs.

    Have a look on the websites of Agfa, Jobo and Tetenal. They list and
    describe all their products online.

    Mail order businesses carrying their products are Nordfoto and Brenner
    in Germany:



    Ralf R. Radermacher, Jul 30, 2003
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  3. I've talked to them at the last Photokina and they weren't exactly
    enthousiastic about selling small quantities.

    Ralf R. Radermacher, Jul 30, 2003
  4. Hi,

    First, all Kodak and Tetenal products are distributed in Italy, just ask
    them directly for the references to order the products. Any shop should be
    able to do it ...

    I'm not the best specialist of it as I live in Switzerland but I have bought
    sometimes things from http://www.unionfotomarket.it
    I'm not sure they sell through the web but they have several shops
    throughout Italy.

    In France, there is: http://www.nightlight.fr they sell through the web.
    Color products are on: http://www.nightlight.fr/COULEUR.HTM

    Germany is also a possible source:

    Of course, US shops like B&H ( http://www.bhphotovideo.com ), Calumet (
    http://www.calumetphoto.com they are also in England) sell worldwide. For
    some chemicals, there may be restrictions for air shipments.

    BUT, for better answers, you should post this question to the Italian photo
    newsgroup: it.arti.fotografia

    Good luck,
    Claudio Bonavolta
    Claudio Bonavolta, Jul 30, 2003
  5. I, like many others, do have better results with my Jobo and a Kodak 6-baths
    kit than what I had previously through a pro E-6 lab.

    Kodachrome is undoubtly a wonderful film, K25 was my favorite film for 20
    years, I abandoned it as only the pro version is still available here in
    BUT, if, in the US, independent K-labs can develop your film pretty fast,
    it's not the case here in Europe, you have to send the films to a Kodak lab
    that will process it through the standard K-14 process. This does take 1 to
    2 weeks before you receive back your slides.
    People doing their own E-6 or C-41 usually do it because they can't wait so

    Claudio Bonavolta
    Claudio Bonavolta, Jul 30, 2003
  6. Grazie Silvio,

    I ran across this site some time ago but was convinced that they're
    dealing only with black and white. Although it's better give them a
    call to find out.

    Serge Korolev, Jul 31, 2003
  7. Yes, I've been told that it is possible to order Kodak products from
    a shop if you know exact product code to give them. However, I'd
    prefer to have a price quote before placing an order since sometimes
    those are quite surprising in Italy - seems that nobody aware of
    competition and free market rules simply quoting distributors and
    manufacturer recommended prices.
    As far as I know, they do not work thru the web, the nearest shop to
    me is locatated in Milan but it's closed on Saturday and I never
    managed to take a day-off during the week merely for the sake of going
    there one day.
    Very obliged, links should be helpful.
    Ordering from the US is quite expensive due to high taxation (I'd be
    charged by customs 24% extra on the total price of all goods including
    delivery!) which could simply double price of duscussed items.
    Yep, I searched through that group first but didn't find a lot of
    references to home based color processing. I started to think that
    people do not do it much here. As well as that I wanted compare prices
    and availability of the products on european market in general.

    Thanks again,

    Serge Korolev, Jul 31, 2003
  8. The producers of 5l-kits and less that come to my mind are:

    Kodak, Agfa, Fuji/Hunt, Tetenal, Jobo, Calbe and Amaloco/Dilucolor.

    The shops I can recommend from personal experience are (only german

    (for Amaloco/Dilucolor and other kits)

    (Tetenal, IIRC Jobo, and Calbe if you ask them!)

    www.alles-foto.de (Brenner)
    (Tetenal and Agfa)

    (Jobo and special stuff)

    www.nordfoto.de has a good fame, www.phobatec.de seems to have
    interesting prices.

    All should ship within the EU and worldwide.

    The smaller the kits, the less economical are they. Depending on your
    needs, you should by a 5l kit, no matter if you use it up or not. The
    break-even point if compared to the smaller kits is ridiculous low.

    The Photo tab approach of Tetenal is very interesting and convenient,
    but the price.. well.. no, thanks. ;-)

    Allthoug... IIRC Jim Phelps informed us that you can run it with
    double capacity.
    Gruss, Roman
    Roman J. Rohleder, Aug 3, 2003
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