$10.99 a roll???

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  1. ChristopherCoy

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    I guess I didn't realize how limited the 35mm color film selection is. The Houston Camera Exchange had Porta 400 at $10 a roll for 36 exp. I thought that was WAY too expensive, but now I see that Freestyle isn't much cheaper.

    Is it really that high everywhere?
     
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    Welcome to the new reality.
     
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    Just swallow hard when you pay for it. But hasn't professional quality color film always been about 50% more expensive than black and white?
     
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    In the UK 1 x film is approximately 1 1/2 pints of beer. Not much really when you think about it!
     
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    Even though not professional you might check out Wal-Mart.

    Jeff
     
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    Use it or loose it I guess.
     
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    Interesting as it is more expensive than both Portra 160 and Ektar 100. My guess is it is classic supply and demand. There's been a resurgence in film photography especially in the wedding biz and plenty has been written about Portra 400's flexibility. Jonathan Canlas published samples of shooting it at -2/+2 with outstanding results. Think of it as several films in one? :wink:
     
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    Fuji Velvia 8x10 is over $10 a sheet, which equates to one 135-36 roll.

    - Leigh
     
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    Wow, that is a bit pricey, but it reminds me I need to call Epperson Photo here in OKC to see IF they even have any Kodak film. Pretty much everytime I have been in there after the first of the year, they haven't had hardly any film at all. Fridge is just about empty and I am just about ready to order it online....

    Bob E.
     
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    Don't hesitate with that at all. I've scored some real good deals already. Tri-X is usually 20$ for a 5 pack online in the US. I pay 10$ a pack here, so that's quite some savings.
     
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    Portra 400 fresh is 4.5 dollars in Istanbul , 200 ASA Kodak Color Negative film costs 3 dollars , Fuji 2.5 dollars.

    Umut
     
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    Savings are where you find em!!

    :laugh:Ha ha ha :laugh: That is really funny. I just ordered 20 rolls of Efke on-line from an outfit in Germany and saved $1.50 per roll even with shipping to the US. You gotta love the internet age.
     
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    Glazer's Camera has Portra 160 for $6.39/roll (link).
     
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    Yeap, use it or loose it!
    And the best way to not loose it is to:
    Buy fresh
    Buy often
    Shoot the lot
    Develop ASAP
    :smile:
     
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    Remember all of those times we swore as long as they made it, we would shoot it, regardless of cost - well, it's now getting closer to "regardless of cost" time.
     
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    Wow. Here I am happily winding up black and white and now I learn they sell one of my favorite color films in bulk rolls too! I just gotta get out more, that is all there is to it :D
     
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    If I knew how to bulk load, I'd buy one of those in a skinny minute.
     
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    It isn't tough.

    You need a dark bag or dark room.
    The bulk film.
    Reloadable Cassettes with spools. Normally sold together.
    Masking tape.
    Scissors.
    Marker.

    The dark bag is for taking the bulk film out of the shipping/storage box and putting it in the loader and getting the tail threaded. Once in the loader, you are done with the dark room/bag.

    Keep an example roll handy.

    The tail is threaded through a light trap into a small chamber where, in the light, you use the masking tape to attach the spool and then put the cassette in place around the spool. (Some loaders require the light trap to be manually opened or shut.)

    Next the cassette is stuffed into the chamber much like sticking it into a camera, a door is closed, and a manual winder is inserted.

    Set the counter, I start at -3.

    Crank the winder to 12, 20, 24, or 36.

    Pull the winder, open the door, push out a bit more film tail, enough to attach another spool and enough for the leader on the roll. Cut.

    Shape the leader per your sample. Next.
     
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    Just hope they ship it via the mail, something US buyers may not realise, it's not the cost of the product, it's not exchange or even customs duties, it's customs brokerage fees that kill you. The post office is quite reasonable in brokerage fees, some of the couriers not so much. I once bought a product from the US, it was $10 for the product, no tax or duties but, DHL nicked me $50 (their minimum) in brokerage fees.
     
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    Customs Duty

    I believe it does come via the USPS. I hope it works out OK. Of course, one never knows. The amount I order each time is low, and I am not a company, so everything should work out OK, but it can always change. This is the first time for film but I have ordered other items overseas and not been killed by customs duties. If it does happen I will know better next time.
     
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    You wanna come to Australia and pay $27/roll for Velvia?

    (we do the B&H/Freestyle thing of course)
     
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    Wal-Mart sells Portra?
     
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    $10.99 for a roll of film?

    Such is life