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vpik01
03-09-2012, 11:22 AM
Not sure this board see's much use but as I was just thinking about how happy I was that Calumet stepped in to keep the 3 core DC area Penn Camera stores in business I noticed there was a Calumet board. Anyway, I'm sure it was a calculated business decision and I hope that they profit from expanding their brick and morter presence to the DC area. My particular store is the E St location and I've already been purusing the new gear. It is interesting to see what is new and what is no longer carried, the biggest suprise in the bag department was no more Think Tank, which I thought was a great line. But at the same time the Tamrac bags are pretty sweet looking too.

Anyway, the point was that I'm incredibly grateful that I still have a decent B&M camera store to visit here in DC, so thank you Calumet!

Toby Carlton
07-06-2012, 09:08 AM
Must appreciate you point.

c6h6o3
07-06-2012, 10:35 AM
Not to rain on anyone's parade, but I have yet to see any stocking of film (especially Ilford sheet film), paper or chemicals in the Rockville store. I'll withhold praise until I do. When I can walk into Penn Camera and buy a box of sheet film I'll break out the champagne.

TheFlyingCamera
07-06-2012, 11:04 AM
I too am truly disappointed in their film stocking tendencies. The E Street store seems to carry only a smattering of film - far less than Penn Camera did under their old management. For plenty of other things, I'm very glad they were taken over by Calumet - they now stock a huge line of lighting supplies and other items that were not locally available, and their prices are now competitive on a wide assortment of goodies like camera lenses and other hardware. Their stocking policies are a bit mysterious though- they carry but don't stock some items, and they don't carry others at all (most of the Canon camcorder lineup, for example, or thinking back to film, Portra 160 in anything other than 35mm). I desperately want to support a local brick-and-mortar store but part of the point of having one is the ability to walk in and walk out with the thing you're looking for, instead of having to wait to have it brought in. At that point, I'll order from B&H instead because it will take just as long, but I'll save the sales tax, and the odds are 50/50 that B&H is still cheaper.

Sirius Glass
07-06-2012, 07:49 PM
I hope that they stock film properly in the near future. If so I will continue to use them. Otherwise I will buy the film in Los Angeles at Samys and FreeStyle when I am there or mail order.

cepwin
07-06-2012, 08:11 PM
The tyson store was stocking film and at least limited chemistry as of about 5 weeks ago.

c6h6o3
07-06-2012, 10:47 PM
Sheet film? What formats?

c6h6o3
07-06-2012, 10:50 PM
Steve-

B&H beats the hell out of Freestyle on price, even with shipping factored in. I suppose if you can pick up film while you're out there it's close to a wash, but B&H has always done right by me. They're fast, too.

cepwin
07-06-2012, 11:00 PM
I don't know all t hey had but I bought some T-MAX 400 35mm film

cepwin
07-06-2012, 11:02 PM
Yes, they are quite rapid in their order processing..I've always been impressed how quickly they get stuff to me.


Steve-

B&H beats the hell out of Freestyle on price, even with shipping factored in. I suppose if you can pick up film while you're out there it's close to a wash, but B&H has always done right by me. They're fast, too.