Ilford ULF-film in Europe
Do anyone know if Europe are or are going to get a piece of the ULF-film run?
there must be ppl in europe using larger than 8x10. If it is the only way, so be it. But shipping it to USA and then back to europe is not good for my wallet nor the enviroment.
Originally Posted by bherg
I expect you will get the same response from Ilford as we Europeans got during the last ULF offer. This is how I read it, 'We can't be bothered with your small quantities'. I found another route and bought £1100 worth at that time, but I doubt I'd do it again.
I am mystified by Ilford's marketing of these products...
They deal exclusively with a US company Wynit Inc, I can understand the business sense of this. However Wynit Inc do not appear to be visibly marketing this product.
J&C appear to be the only supplier to be advertising this offer, even though they are closed until January 15th. This is the closing date for Ilford ULF orders (I know they are still taking orders whilst closed)
Other US 'Ilford Approved Suppliers' are not advertising the offer as far as I can see.
A subscriber to the the 'official' Ilford forum has just mentioned this. No previous advert or input from Ilford.
During the last run I asked Ilford if any European outlets would be selling these products and was told 'There has been no interest'. In my opinion there was no interest because they were not made aware of the ULF run in good time. I understand that stockists do not want expensive items sitting on their shelves. But I beleive that a similar deal could have been arranged in Europe as the J&C deal, we order and pay up front.
So Johannes I would not hold your breath.
Last edited by BarryWilkinson; 12-10-2006 at 05:53 AM. Click to view previous post history.
You would think that perhaps Robert White might be able to arrange distributing the ULF film sizes with Ilford. I have also noticed the lack of advertising from the others who sold the film before. I will contact the place I bought from before and see if they have heard that Ilford is getting ready to do another run. If so, that's good, if not, can they look into it as the deadline is Jan. 15?
I would assume that Lotus might be a good distributor as well as Robert White. And what about Nordfoto, or our friend Fotohuisrovo?
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Retrophotographic would be a good choice too as they have links with Fotoimpex. Not that it concerns me directly as I don't go bigger than 4x5, but it does seem a bit blinkered to only look to supply the US. I know there is little profit in it for Ilford, but even so...
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I am not sure I'd rely on fotoimpex anyway. I asked for prices on sheet film in 13x18 cm size and got this answer back:
"Ilford or Kodak films are difficult to organize in metric size as the
manufacturers are discontinuing the production of these old sizes. They
are also more than twice as expensive than our films."
Needless to say, I am underwhelmed by the sales pitch.
Nordfoto has a minimum order of €200 outside Germany, btw. So much for the free trade system within the EU...
Last edited by Jerevan; 12-10-2006 at 05:04 PM. Click to view previous post history.
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I can recommend our Swedish friend Frankie. He sells rebranded Fortepan 200 in all possible sizes.
Yea, i have talked to him and he seems like a really cool guy.
Originally Posted by argus
But i still cant understand why Ilford cant make a part of the ULF runs go to Europe, if USA demands the whole run. Clearly there is market for more ULF film. A company making film today need all the sales they can get and not give the cold hand to whole europe.
But i hope that Ilford will meet the demand in europe to. there must be a market for it here to, or so i want to belive.
Fred Newman of The View Camera store has just posted in the Ilford thread about the ULF film run...
I find this just amazing.
Now why would Ilford jump into that? It's a very small market and there is many actors like J&C, Bergger, Forte ,Foma, efke, Europan. Ecxept one those are all European If....! And of course you never know what's coming out of China in the future either?
Originally Posted by bherg