PROVIA 400X: THE MOST EXPENSIVE 'CHROME EMULSION EVER??

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  1. Poisson Du Jour

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    Has anybody heard of paying AUD$40.95 for a single roll of Provia 400X?
    That's not a misprint. I had a roll plonked down on the counter in a shop and when he told me it was $40.95 ... I gasped — that's not an amount of cash I would splash for a single roll of film; this film had an optional targeted job, instead it will go to Provia 100F. I would be very interested to know what the retail price of this emulsion is in other places e.g. USA / Europe. There is no discontinuation of it here (Australia) that I can see in Dealer Bulletins from Fujifilm.
     
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    In Switzerland, which is generally regarded as expensive:

    Provia 400x 120 - 9.90 CHF [12 AUD]
    Provia 400x 135-36 - 16 CHF [19 AUD]

    In Italy

    Provia 400x 120 - 6.90 EUR [10 AUD]
    Provia 400x 135-36 - 13.20 EUR [19 AUD]
     
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    That's not Vanbar again is it?
    Even PW in Adelaide are only charging $24/roll, although they seem to have place the 120-size in the 35mm section (not that I'd pay even $24, cheap-shots on ebay or mail-order from the US it is for me)
     
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    Vanbar have it listed at $26.79 but none in stock, between the two of them they will cause the death of film in Australia.

    Sorry that is for 120, yes even Vanbar has it (35mm/36) list at $42.21.
     
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    I think you should instead start another thread about how AUS/NZ photoshops just don't like film photographers and would really love to see them trade in their gear for digital. Their prices are absurd.
     
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    Don't say that until you see the prices of new digital gear.
    When the 5Dmk3 came out I priced it with the 24-105 kit lens, then I priced it in Hong Kong plus the plane fare, guess which came out cheaper? (Actually, an EOS 3, scanner, and a few hundred rolls of Velvia turned out even cheaper again, I chose that and here I am).

    At least film you can get shipped from OS under the $1000-mark and avoid import duties...
     
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    Yes, but the fact of the matter is that anything "speciality" in AUS/NZ usually == rip off.
     
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    If you can find it, it's about £12-£14 for roll of 135/36 in the UK (I think ~20 AUD) or ~£35 for a 5-pack of 120

    At the moment you can get it for about AUD12/roll (135/36) shipped anywhere from Holgadget.com (HK based)
     
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    Yes, 135/36. God help us. We're being screwed, big time.
    But these places will not be getting my business in purchasing film. Cheap_shots_AU will. To go, to go, to the online shop I go. :wink:
     
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    If anyone in Aus is interested in Pravia 400X 120 send me a pm.
     
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    want me to look at my Fuji price catalog tomorrow and tell you how much Fuji sells it wholesale in Australia?
     
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    I just bought 10 rolls when the announcement of discontionuation hit for about $14.60 a roll (plus a 5 roll Propack of 120 for $51.25.)

    Right now B&H lists it at $16.09 for 135/36. $10.25 for 120 and $49.95 for the 5 roll 120 Propacks. It's still the most expensive chrome film I know of, but far less than you're paying down under.
     
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    40 dollars per roll of film? That's insane. Probably somebody trying to profit from the discontinuation Fuji announced.

    It's the only E6 film I've shot in the last few years, and I think especially from medium format it's an impressive film, but not 40 dollar impressive.
     
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    there is a guy on ebay out of thailand selling fresh propacks, 2 per order 10 rolls total of 120 size for $90 US including shipping with over 14,000 feedback rating. looks like he will sell to Australia. not sure about 135 size though
     
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    Go ahead. Make my day. :pouty:
     
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    400X is discontnued so the price soon won't be a problem soon.
     
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    Not listed as discontinued in Australia. I have seen no mention of that in Dealer Bulletins.
     
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    Very, very interesting. ProPack of 5 rolls on FleaBay listed as AUD$84.75, which works out at $16.95 a roll. That's better!
     
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    Sombody posted a press release from Fuji Japan on A.P.U.G recently that said that 400X is discontinued Worldwide.
     
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    Its discontinued. That's why I bought 19 rolls of 35mm. 5 of 120 and plan to buy more. I really like it. :sad:
     
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    The price will probably skyrocket once the only option is expired ebay stuff.
     
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    Another reason to stock up, but at this point I really plan to shoot all I can buy up and freeze.
     
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    Bought 7 rolls, now I don't know what to shoot with it
     
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    Having just looked at my Australian Fuji Film catalog I can confirm that Fuji Provia 400X in 35mm is not more than $20 per roll for account holders. Anything over $40 dollars a roll is price gouging...your paying for the film, their rent....the shop owners kids to go through university and so on.
     
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    Thanks and don't worry Stephen. That mob didn't get my business. And will not get my film purchasing business in the future.
    EDIT: Cleaning out the deep freeze and I found 4 rolls of Provia 400X in 120 format... but that's not the format I need for my static sky / star trails project...