I also can't believe that adding 2nd-day air only cost an additional $1.99!
Originally Posted by AlexG
Man, this brings me back...I always found these catalogs and price lists fascinating even if full of so many unfamiliar items I was overwhelmed. I find it really charming too, the little cartoon at the top left corner. I think it was one of these lists that helped me decide a old frozen lot of Konica 750 was a reasonable deal...compared to $5.39 per roll @ Adorama it was worth buying a $20 brick from eBay. At the time it normally never occurred to me to buy film that wasn't available locally, so it was a big step.
No Delta 3200 in 1998? When did that appear?
Also, I have no recollection of chromogenic b/w being so old...thought it came out around 2000. Or was it just not as easily found in drugstores yet? Did a Google search and found a photo.net article about film types with a comment from 1997 about these films being "new" but I really don't remember it.
Now can you scan a page with paper prices?
Me too, seriously.
Originally Posted by perkeleellinen
APX was certainly cheap, wow. I never shot anything in 100 except TMX. I don't think I was even aware of the others (only vaguely aware of Ilford). Which is why I was overwhelmed when I saw these pricelists...didn't know these other companies nor ever had anyone to give advice on the other films.
I never knew about the 1000 and 1600 ISO Kodak color neg films either, only ever used Superia 1600. Now I wish I had known about them, just to have the frame of reference. Were they any good? (or is that why they were discontinued?)
Originally Posted by naugastyle
Here's the chemistry and paper section of the 1998 B&H catalogue.
For good measure, I've also added an advertisement for Fuji Reala from an issue of outdoor photographer from Feb 1990 (I have almost every issue from 1989 onward!).
Film advertisements back in the day were truly epic...I wonder if I can still get that poster for 4.00$
Hmm...Polywarmtone wasn't quite as ridiculously cheap as one of my acquaintances told me...he said he used it as a student because it was a student-friendly price. But it's on par with Ilford. Or maybe it's just by today's standards that a $7 (for RC) or $10 (FB) difference vs. Ilford for 100-sheet packs doesn't seem that big a deal.
That said, can't imagine an 8x10 FB VC paper of this quality for 57 cents per sheet these days.