Where do you buy your film?

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  1. jasonjoo

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    Sorry, I did a search and could not find any results.

    Where do you guys buy your film?

    And sorry if this is not the correct forum!

    Thanks,

    Jason
     
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    Online, at the store (specialty and general) etc.

    Wherever has what I want .....
     
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    Locally I buy it at a couple different places (most commonly from Calumet, but also EP Levine's, Hunts Photo, and Zeff Photo).

    Online I've bought it from B&H, Adorama, Freestyle, Megaperls, and E-bay. J&C is gone now, but that was a great place to do business. Of the ones still around, E-bay is a great place to look for recently expired film and rare film, but you'll generally get no special deals for new film. Freestyle is just all around wonderful -- and you'll find some unusual films there like the whole Efke line, Arista films, orthochromatic films, etc that you can't get elsewhere. From B&H and Adorama the prices are basically standard, and you have to weigh the cost of shipping against the cost of sales tax if you buy it locally. But they have basically every standard film and more, esp at B&H.
     
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    Freestlye Photo is good.
    Adorama is good as well.

    I have bought stuff from both, but I think Freestyle is a little bit cheaper. They also have some good film deals. I think it's like 1 roll 24 exposure (B&W) for around 1.50 USD. (For their brand of course)
     
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    I have bought a lot of film from eBay in the past, and still have a sizable stash from those endeavors. But I've come to the point where I want a more stable supply of my favorites Tri-X and FP4+, so I've started purchasing it either locally (to support availability locally) and larger orders from Freestyle. Same with paper. Chemistry I have almost exclusively bought from Photographer's Formulary, Fine Art Photo Supply, and locally (National Camera).
    Use what suits your purposes.
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    Jasonjoo,

    The least expensive photo store for film in the Los Angeles area is Samy's. Calumet and Bel Air are higher. Freestyle specialized in Black and White - go on line and order their free catalog.

    Steve
     
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    From whoever has what I want :smile:. Usually a mix of Photographic Wholesalers (a local store), Vanbar in Melbourne, eBay, and Freestyle Photo in America.
    eBay is a pretty good place to get film if you search around.
     
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    In that order -
     
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    Thanks for sharing! I previously bought a few rolls here and there from B&H as well. Freestyle seems like a great online resource as well.

    Stever, I will have to check out Samy's. The times that I went, I went directly to their digital floor, but will check out their film selection next time! I wonder if their Father's Day sale discount will be applicable to film... I hope so!
     
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    Jason:

    Where are you?

    That information is critical (I'd heartily recommend you indicate, at least generally (i.e. Country, and possibly area) your location in your APUG profile.

    I live in Canada, and I started an entire thread on a similar issue.

    Matt
     
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    I just go down the street to the local camera store, oh sorry, that was the way it used to be. I miss that time; actually I get mine from Freestyle, but there is B&H.
     
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    I try my very best to support the local photo stores by buying film from them, and if I know I need a certain film for a large project I normally buy from online stores. Nothing from evil-bay though because after shipping and insurance costs the item almost always cost higher if it's something new and not used.

    Support your local mom and pop photographic stores!
     
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    Sorry Matt, I should update my profile.

    I am located in the Los Angeles, CA area!

    Film guy, I haven't looked for a mom and pops photo shop, but I'm sure they are hard to find these days. If I can find one that is close enough and offers films and other items at reasonable prices, I would not mind supporting them!
     
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    Does your city have a pro lab? I know some pro labs in bigger cities sell film at a pretty reasonable cost, sometimes even lower than a large photo store.
     
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    All online:

    Calumet
    B&H
    Adorama
     
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    My local pro lab, I use mainly Fuji NPS pro, Astia or Velvia 100, and I know they have a big turnover of film and keep it refrigerated.
     
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    Online for 100' spools

    at Keeble's or Kamera Korner for the 120/220
     
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    I'm ordering a batch of Fomapan & chemicals once or twice a year from Fotoimpex, Berlin. Tri-X and slide film I'm buying from a local shop in Helsinki. Mostly shooting 35 mm film.
     
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    I'm in Italy, and I use:
    http://www.fotomatica.it where I easily find Ilford films
    and sometimes in fotoimpex, BH photo, Freestyle.
    and localy in Florence in a very little place where I can find lots of things.

    Best
     
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    B&H or calumet for mono and local (CC Photo & Art) for color
     
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    At local shops for stuff they actually stock, which isn't much of what I've been using lately. Otherwise B&H, Calumet and Freestyle.
    I'm still trying to get my head around anticipating what film and other supplies, I may need a week or more in the future to allow for ordering and transit times.
    I'm sure that for some, anticipating a mere week ahead will make you laugh.
     
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    I'm in Germany, in the last year I made shopping on Internet at Fotoimpex (Adox films and TriX) and at Maco (some R3 and Agfa paper from the Black List). I go to a normal shop only if I need a single special film, otherwise the cost of shipment makes it unworth.
    About chemicals I need only the fixer with a certain frequency - I find it in a local shop.

    Ciao



    Elia
     
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    Well, a lot of links. I've heard of most of them, but it got me thinking...

    I'm pretty sure it has been suggested before...

    What we could use on APUG is a Big List Of Shops that sell analogue materials (maybe with some sub-categories: only film, darkroom consumeables, darkroom others, cameras), both on-line and real-life shops around the globe.

    (Sorry if it has been said before...)

    More on-topic: I usually place my bigger orders at foto Mayr; other resources include Fotohuis Rovo and "the local shop" (they are usually a bit more expensive, but I'm happy they still have *some* analogue stuff, so every now and then I show them my appreciation :wink: ).