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    What's with Kodak film pricing?

    Looking over my primary sources, Freestyle, B&H, Adorama, and Photo Warehouse, prices for TMY and Tri-X might as well been picked via a dart board.

    You've got 36 exposure rolls of TMY for $5 from Adorama and NYC, no bulk from the former, but instead of buying a roll at B&H, heck, just pay $5 more for 18 rolls and forget the hassle of rolling your own!

    Photo Warehouse/Ultrafine has no price differential between Tri-X and TMY, never have seen that. And they want $8 for a single roll and $152 for the 100 footer, closing in on twice what B&H wants.

    Freestyle charges $5.39 per roll and $128 for a 100 footer! Once again, do the math. And they want just as much for Tri-X and TMY. And for some reason, the roll of TMX is "only" $82.

    I certainly understand how different retailers have different pricing strategies, but this is way outside my experiences. Ever. It's my understanding that all of these films are in current production and there is no official indication of their demise.

    So what gives?

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    Intervening distributors.

    Kodak no longer does its own distribution.
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    “Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”

    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    I will not support kodak. If they dont care about me, why should i care about them? I have not purchased any kodak product since 2000. I hope they finally go bankrupt.

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ID:	108830Today at my local photo store: trix bulk 200$ (montreal, canada).

    At this point, why not price it at 34,599$?

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    It's only $180 at Photo Service. I hate Lozeau anyway.

    Or, just order it from B&H. $85 US. And if you spend $100 shipping to Canada is free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattKing View Post
    Intervening distributors.

    Kodak no longer does its own distribution.
    It's not that the bus has no destination. It's that every seat has a steering wheel.



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    "When making a portrait, my approach is quite the same as when I am portraying a rock. I do not wish to impose my personality upon the sitter, but, keeping myself open to receive reactions from his own special ego, record this with nothing added: except of course when I am working professionally, when money enters in,—then for a price, I become a liar..."

    — Edward Weston, Daybooks, Vol. II, February 2, 1932

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    Who's crazy to use tri-x when there's the excellent and legendary HP5?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Nadvornick View Post
    It's not that the bus has no destination. It's that every seat has a steering wheel.



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    Ha. Good one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NB23 View Post
    Who's crazy to use tri-x when there's the excellent and legendary HP5?
    Sure, except they are not really that similar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gzinsel View Post
    I will not support kodak. If they dont care about me, why should i care about them? I have not purchased any kodak product since 2000. I hope they finally go bankrupt.
    If you haven't purchased anything from them in the past 15 years (and seem proud of it), why should they care about you?

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