"We proccess film" is becoming a rare sign

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    That's awesome. Glad to see it.

    I was recently in Newport (Rhode Island) and delighted at seeing a sign that read, "Camera Film." :smile:
     
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    Maybe I will stick one on my front door...
     
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    +1

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    When in Caernarvon earlier this year I took a shot of a touristy shop that still had a large, old sign above the door saying simply "Films". I had it in mind to take such photos whenever I see them but I haven't seen any others since.
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    I posted that (same or similar) several months ago. Our Walgreen's is proud to announce that they still process film... and have been doing such advertisement for the past 8 months or so.
     

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    They process instant cameras! Does that mean disposables? And "rolled film"?? I am assuming these terms are some of the differences between US and UK english (I am British btw) otherwise it would not inspire confidence in the processing service :smile:
     
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    Martin... I suspect that the message writer is neither American nor British in origin. By "rolled" they mean 35mm cassette and by "instant" they indeed mean disposable. When one lives in a multi-cultural, multi-lingual society then one needs to be a bit forgiving with regard to language skills. ... and add to that "multi-generational"... in many camera stores today they've only "heard about" film before. :smile:
     
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    Add to that the fact that a great number of native-born, English-as-a-first-language people can not spell, punctuate, or assemble a sentence correctly.:blink:
     
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    Oh, fair enough. Through the ambiguity I was wildly optimistic that they had a machine for 120 too. The last place I saw a one-hour type place that did 120 as well as 135 was in Arles - and they did an extremely good job too.

    Slightly connected, I went to the local supermarket (in my medium sized town 160k people) and heard the cashier slip in to English to another customer. I asked about that (in Dutch of course) and she said that to work on the till you had to speak at least Dutch, German and English . . . I was surprised somewhat!
     
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    I should add that after reading some British publications, it's clear to me that lots of people in England are no better at their language than we are!
     
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    I believe it is theoretically possible, but they won't touch 120 film.
     
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    Thank God film, like music, has no language barrier.
     
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    To be fair, that "rolled" is not bad at all.

    Why is there roll-film and type-135? For historic reasons of course. But both are rolled.
    As rollfilm is no longer feasable as generic term, and "rolled film" is ambiguous I use "spooled film".


    I must admit I don't see the idea behind that "Instant" camera. Aside of a language issue as indicated above, could there be another reason? I'm usally slow on the uptake. (I would not even have thought of single-use cameras.)


    By the way: "disposible camera" is no good term either: from the point of the user, it is not disposed but handed in for processing. From the point of the lab, it is recycled. (I got such cameras, that just got new film, battery and paper cover and were back on sale.)
     
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    "one time use camera" is what every lab I've worked for calls them.
     
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    I almost crashed my car yesterday driving past a drugstore who has a "electronic moving message sign" announcing that they still process 110 and 126 film. One day I'll have to go in and meet the photo people to see if they sell any of those formats.
     
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    I was thinking the same thing. Great minds and all that. :D
     
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    My mother and father wasted ten thousands of dollars to English courses and my teenager years was a torture. But I learned that English as much as I can write and understand at APUG. Now its time for German and Russian.
     
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    When I was doing electrical experiments I would go to local labs and ask for used disposable cameras with flashes and cannibalize them for the capacitors and charging circuits. I would advise against this as I got electrocuted like 20 times over the course of these projects.
    I Also used the glass (plastic) lenses from these to make sharper home made (pinhole) cameras. I got some great results. -Again don't do this as you could get a lethal zap from the capacitor when you take the camera apart.