Live from Plymouth England

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Matt Clara, Jun 27, 2005.

  1. Matt Clara

    Matt Clara Guest

    We're here, and the weather and countryside are fantastic. Lots of great
    photo ops. Now I need some daycare to free me up for some photography!

    BTW, anyone hear from Bandicoot? I haven't heard from him in some time, and
    I see he's not been posting to the group much lately. Was hoping to meet up
    with him here. We've got a spare bedroom, and everything! Also, it's a
    college town, so there are a million pubs about. That's gotta be attraction
    enough for anyone! ;-)

    Talk to you later!
    Matt Clara, Jun 27, 2005
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    Roxy d'Urban Guest

    I'm pretty sure I saw a few posts from Peter recently.
    Roxy d'Urban, Jun 27, 2005
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    Ken Tough Guest

    Don't miss out on it, or at least take the little ones along for
    a bit of shooting. Did you get over the rail bridge yet for some
    shots of that? Lots of potential there. Lots of potential for
    hardcore urban shots down on Union street too, but be prepared
    to lose your gear...
    Ken Tough, Jun 27, 2005
  4. Matt Clara

    Matt Clara Guest

    Ah, well, he's probably decided against it--my fault, most likely as I
    became incommuncado when my wife's gallbladder started acting up. At first
    we didn't know what the problem was, and thought we were going to have to
    cancel the trip. Then when we found out what it was, we still thought we
    _might_ have to cancel the trip.

    But here we are now, Peter! Hello!!!? Peter?

    I'm wandering around campus tonight with my Mamiya 6 and some HP5+ loaded in
    it. I talked the computer guys into giving me my own account for checking
    email, etc. Good bunch a IT guys. Friendly, anyway.
    Matt Clara, Jun 27, 2005
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    Matt Clara Guest

    BTW, any good pro shops in Plymouth? I saw Jessops, but from what I've
    heard, I'm not sure they qualify as either good or pro...
    Matt Clara, Jun 27, 2005
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    Chris Brown Guest

    Dunno about Plymouth, but if you get a day available, hop on a First Great
    Western train to London Paddington, have a few beers as it trundles along
    the coast (buy your own from an off-licence before you board - the ones on
    the train are expensive and not that good), and when you get there, take the
    tube to Tottenham Court Road and check out the myriad little photography
    shops between New Oxford Street and the British Museum. That's gear heaven.
    Chris Brown, Jun 27, 2005
  7. Don't know of any in Plymouth, but Mifsud just down the road in Brixham have
    a solid reputation and I've always been happy enough to deal with them
    (albeit only by mail order)
    Tony Parkinson, Jun 27, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Matt Clara wrote:

    He's on the SI mandator's list, so indeed lurking.

    e-mail me for his e-mail address.

    Alan Browne, Jun 27, 2005
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    Tony Polson Guest

    Hi Matt,

    Jessops are almost the UK equivalent of Ritz Camera. There are over
    200 Jessops stores in the UK. Prices are high, unless you find a
    cheaper price and they will match the lower price. Used gear is
    almost non-existent because Jessops will not buy film gear in part
    exchange for digital. By all means pay them a visit, though! You can
    browse the selection of used equipment online at:

    London Camera Exchange are at Frankfort Gate, Plymouth. The shop is
    part of a smaller (than Jessops) chain of photo shops. I have never
    used the Plymouth branch but I have had excellent service from four
    other LCE branches, in Reading, Brighton, Southampton and Bournemouth,
    each of which had a good selection of used gear. Definitely worth a

    Tel: (01752) 664894
    10 Frankfort Gate, Plymouth PL1 1QD

    Another camera shop that I strongly recommend is in Brixham, about 35
    miles east, at the south end of Torbay. You would need a car to get
    there, but the village is one of the places I recommended in an
    earlier posting for its photo opportunities, especially early in the
    day. Mifsuds Photographic is a superb shop with a very good selection
    of pro gear, including medium format. They are used equipment
    specialists. I have bought several items from them. Customer service
    is excellent. Items are honestly described. They are located at

    Tel: (01803) 852400
    27 Bolton Street, Brixham TQ5 9BZ

    That's about it. Enjoy your visit!
    Tony Polson, Jun 28, 2005
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    Tony Polson Guest

    Their store is well worth a visit if you are in the area. It is the
    kind of camera shop that is worth driving 50+ miles to get to, making
    Brixham a bit like Clitheroe.

    Tony Polson, Jun 28, 2005
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    Tony Polson Guest


    Further to my previous post, I found a reference to a photo equipment
    repairer - I often find repairers have some good used gear for sale,
    so this company might be worth a look if you have time:

    J C I Camera Repair Service, 45 Regent St, Plymouth PL4 8BB
    Tel. 01752 661774

    Tony Polson, Jun 28, 2005
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    Roxy d'Urban Guest

    Oh, you mean: ;-)
    I envy you. I have always wanted to travel but having kids at a young age
    meant that the opportunities were never there (neither was the money). The
    upside of it is that by the time they are old enough to leave home and
    start on their own, my wife and I should still be young enough (and
    wealthy enough) to do the things we haven't been able to do in recent
    times. God willing, of course.
    Roxy d'Urban, Jun 28, 2005
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    Roxy d'Urban Guest

    What's Gray's Of Westminster's like as a store? They seem very stiff upper
    lip on their website, but it should be Nikon lover heaven.
    Roxy d'Urban, Jun 28, 2005
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    Ken Tough Guest

    Robert White camera specialists are located in Poole, Dorset. Okay,
    that's not all that close, but they seemed to have as good prices
    and better response than many of the London shops. (And they do
    mail order too). The Tottenham Court Rd shops give good value,
    but you may well end up with greymarket stuff etc.

    The train to London has some of the best scenery around (especially
    around Dawlish, in my opinion) so is worth the trip. If money is
    tight, you'd be best to take a coach for some ridiculous price
    like a tenner, though.
    Ken Tough, Jun 28, 2005
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    Chris Brown Guest

    Since I made the suggestion about daytripping to London for camera shops,
    and mentioned getting out at Tottenham Court Road tube station, I should
    clarify that the interesting shops are *not* on Tottenham Court Road -
    they're mostly independent consumer electronics shops. The interesting ones
    are in the little back streets south east of the British Museum - roughly
    the area bounded by New Oxford Street/High Holborn, Bloomsbury Street, Great
    Russel Street and Southmapton Row on this map:

    This area is full of old shops which have lots of cool stuff. There's also
    Jacobs on New Oxford Street itself, which is one of the better chain-type
    shops, just across the road from the big branch of Jessops, which carries
    rather more useful stuff than their branches elsewhere tend to.

    For large and medium format, these guys nearby are worth a look:

    ....and if you want to travel a bit further afield, Mr Cad in Croydon
    (walkable from the Croydon Tramlink - their address is 68 Windmill Road,
    Croydon, CR0 2XP - type the postcode into to get an idea of
    how to get there) is an Aladin's Cave of weird and wonderful stuff.

    Bear in mind that a lot of these places are oriented towards working
    photographers, and tend to keep business hours. The ones in Bloomsbury quite
    often have very limited opening at weekends, so if you can, go on a weekday.
    Chris Brown, Jun 28, 2005
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    Bandicoot Guest

    problem was, and thought we were
    Hello Matt - not been well myself either, but now I'm more or less back,
    just with a whole lot to do to catch up... Anyway, yes, it would still be
    good to come over and see you if I can fit it into the schedule (it's
    probably 250 or 300 miles, maybe a five hour drive) - I've sent you an
    Sounds like a good start - on both counts!

    Bandicoot, Jun 28, 2005
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    Bandicoot Guest

    Ahh, all those little shops _and_ the British Museum _and_ my favourite
    pizza place (outside Italy). Everything life needs all within a few hundred


    Bandicoot, Jun 28, 2005
  18. Matt Clara

    Bandicoot Guest

    making Brixham a bit like Clitheroe.
    But Clitheroe has wine as well....

    Bandicoot, Jun 28, 2005
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    Tony Polson Guest

    And Clitheroe has the Trough.

    So Brixham is next to some of the most wonderful coastal scenery in
    the UK, and Clitheroe is next to some of the best inland scenery.

    Ironic, really.

    Tony Polson, Jun 28, 2005
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    Mark Roberts Guest

    Making me homesick: I grew up just a bit further down the coast in
    Kingswear (opposite Dartmouth). If you decide to go to Brixham, give
    yourself a treat and ride the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway from
    Kingswear to Paignton and take a bus from there. :)
    Here's the engine, photographed in Paignton:
    Mark Roberts, Jun 28, 2005
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