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    TMAX P3200, cheap online or in San Francisco?

    I'm going to SF with my job in a month and I am in interested to know where I can get TMAX P3200 at a good price?

    Here in Europe it's seldom found for less than 6-7 euros a roll, and I am hoping to find something cheaper than that and buy a cpl of bricks to have in the fridge/freezer when needed.

    I can order online and send to our sales partners address in the US, or if there's a shop in central San Francisco I can just visit them when there.


    Any ideas?


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    Tjena!

    The trouble is to bring it through the airport X-ray scanners, so it's better to purchase locally. Calumet Photo is local to SF, and they are located here: Link
    They sell it for $8.69 a roll, which is some of the least expensive I've seen. I would recommend emailing or calling ahead to make sure they have stock.

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    I can't help with your question but please remember that you could encounter problems with the x-ray sensitivity of Tmax P3200 when bringing/sending the film home on an airplane. I regularly take along film up to ISO 400 when flying (cabin luggage) and have not encountered any problems so far, but I would personally refrain from doing that with high speed film (ISO 800 and above). AFAIK such film is also not very suitable for long term storage beyond the "best before" date, even in a freezer, because it will fog rather quickly.

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    I would echo Thomas' suggestion. I would call or email ahead and order it to be held at the store- they will NOT have several bricks of Tmax 3200 in the shop. You'll be lucky if they have any in the shop at all- Calumet has scaled back their film stocks in their retail stores significantly. They do keep most things in stock at their warehouse though and will ship it to any retail store within 2-3 days. When you are done with your trip and are planning to send the rest of it back home, go to a FedEx shipping facility and hand it to them, and make sure to tell them it is photographic film, please do not x-ray/scan. They are pretty good about these kinds of things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFlyingCamera View Post
    I would echo Thomas' suggestion. I would call or email ahead and order it to be held at the store- -----. When you are done with your trip and are planning to send the rest of it back home, go to a FedEx shipping facility and hand it to them, and make sure to tell them it is photographic film, please do not x-ray/scan. They are pretty good about these kinds of things.
    +1

    pick up a film shield for the return shipping. even though it is going FX.
    put a copy of sales receipt in box. maybe a direction sheet, so the acronyms will know what the stuff is.

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    Last time I flew, the TSA at SFO hand-inspected my film with no hassle whatsoever. They were, however genuinely surprised that I use film at all, and asked me why.

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    Thanks for all your thoughts, didn't think about the airport scanners, would I not be able to pass security actually showing them the rolls and ask them not to scan them? I mean, I can unpack them and they can inspect but of course not open the actual "roll" ?

    I've found a price online at $7.49 a pcs. with shipping to CA for less than $10 (based on 30 rolls). Sounds like hard to beat, right?
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    TMAX P3200, cheap online or in San Francisco?

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    TMAX P3200, cheap online or in San Francisco?

    $7.19 a roll from B&H in New York. When I'm not diving into my freezer stash that's where I get almost all my film. $9.05 shipping for 20 rolls.
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    Isn't Freestyle somewhere in CA? They have really good prices as well and shipping might be even less then B&H since it's within the same state (I think). As far as flying, I had no problem asking for hand inspection at numerous airports in US. And I think FedEx shipping to Europe might make the point of saving you money mute.
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