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    Quote Originally Posted by cmacd123 View Post
    Some folks may pay a premium to get a film that is not available in their local market. For example ILFORD make a Pan100 and Pan 400 that are only sold in a few places. If you REALLY gatta Try it, you have to either visit one of those places or buy from a dealer.

    As Far as the Shanghai Seagull GP-3 is is actually not bad film. I have a shanghai Seagul TLR and it is the only film that transports corectly in that camera. The Camera designer counted on the extremely rough texture of the GP3 backing Paper. I do suspect that the Shanghai Film is packed by hand. The rolls are sealed with what looks like Masking tape with a rubber stamped "seal" of a couple of Chineese Charactters.

    I still have a few rolls of ERA in 135, but understand that no more will be forthcoming.
    I haven't tried the Shanghai GP3 film yet, but with the price of Fuji Acros going up I suppose I will. I too, still have some ERA in 4x5 left and truly wish I would have known how good it was before it vanished. If I had there would have been a corner in my freezer occupied with it right now. I'm trying out the Arista EDU 120 films at the moment and might fine something there I like. JohnW

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    I use GP3, and I've had a couple of packs that certainly seemed "hand rolled in the dark" - one roll had the emulsion side facing the backing paper.
    But it is quite incredibly cheap, even allowing for the odd roll going awry.
    I wouldn't use it if my living depended on it, but it doesn't, so I do. Nice tones, nice grain. I like it in Caffenol

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdeeh View Post
    I use GP3, and I've had a couple of packs that certainly seemed "hand rolled in the dark" - one roll had the emulsion side facing the backing paper.
    But it is quite incredibly cheap, even allowing for the odd roll going awry.
    I wouldn't use it if my living depended on it, but it doesn't, so I do. Nice tones, nice grain. I like it in Caffenol
    My living doesn't depend on any film anymore so I guess I can try it. I would really like to find a film as close to Kodaks old B&W VerichromePan film and that's why I'm looking into the Arista/Foma films, but I don't have my hopes set to high. Maybe GP3 is closer? I'll know after I try it, but I have 10 rolls of Arista EDU 100 in 120 to go through first. JohnW

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    FYI, Silvermax and Rollei films are WAY cheaper at Maco in Germany than they are at Freestyle and B&H, even with shipping to USA. A 100 ft roll of 80S is about $72 at Freestyle, B&H doesn't have it in stock, but Maco has it for about 48 plus 10 shipping. Not that significant, but the reason I initially bought it from Maco was because they always have it in stock. I waited four months last year for Freestyle to get it back in stock. Then I happened upon Maco - in stock, cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by damonff View Post
    FYI, Silvermax and Rollei films are WAY cheaper at Maco in Germany than they are at Freestyle and B&H, even with shipping to USA. A 100 ft roll of 80S is about $72 at Freestyle, B&H doesn't have it in stock, but Maco has it for about 48 plus 10 shipping. Not that significant, but the reason I initially bought it from Maco was because they always have it in stock. I waited four months last year for Freestyle to get it back in stock. Then I happened upon Maco - in stock, cheaper.
    I'll have to check out Maco and see if they have what I need. I don't shoot much at all in mini-format(35mm) and use mostly 120 and 4x5 now. JohnW

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