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    Arista in Canada

    Towards the end of the ill fated Ilford in Canada thread I saw some recommendations about where to get Arista in Canada. Unfortunately, I didn't write them down... I know Henry's carries it, but its a bit expensive. Where else is it available?

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    I saw some at Burlington Camera in Burlington Ontario. Not sure which Arista film(s) or price it was though.

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    The easiest and least expensive way to get it will be to buy it from Freestyle directly, since it is their house brand. I have a strong suspicion that any store that stocks Arista films merely mail orders it from Freestyle themselves, and marks it up accordingly.
    Jim MacKenzie - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

    A bunch of Nikons; Feds, Zorkis and a Kiev; Pentax 67-II (inherited from my deceased father-in-law); Bronica SQ-A; and a nice Shen Hao 4x5 field camera with 3 decent lenses that needs to be taken outside more. Oh, and as of mid-2012, one of those bodies we don't talk about here.

    Favourite film: do I need to pick only one?

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    While all Arista product is owned and marketed by Freestyle, they do have a wholesale division that sells to retailers.

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    Ordering from freestyle is all well and good, and I've done that. However, their shipping is very expensive since they refuse to use USPS, and an in-canada alternative would be better.

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    The shipping is costly, but if you buy the film in quantity, it amortizes out to be very reasonable.

    What are Canadian retail prices? To be competitive pre-shipping they'd have to be in the $2.50-$2.75 Canadian per roll range. If they're over $4 there's no way they can compete.
    Jim MacKenzie - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

    A bunch of Nikons; Feds, Zorkis and a Kiev; Pentax 67-II (inherited from my deceased father-in-law); Bronica SQ-A; and a nice Shen Hao 4x5 field camera with 3 decent lenses that needs to be taken outside more. Oh, and as of mid-2012, one of those bodies we don't talk about here.

    Favourite film: do I need to pick only one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dfoo View Post
    Ordering from freestyle is all well and good, and I've done that. However, their shipping is very expensive since they refuse to use USPS, and an in-canada alternative would be better.
    You may want to check again. A year or two ago they added new shipping options. They've got an ordering and shipping policies page that specifies, among other things, USPS Priority Mail International as an option. I don't know how much that would help, but it's worth reviewing the information. You might give them a call if you need more information.

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    Sorry, I missed the comment about USPS. I've ordered three times from Freestyle over the last couple of years, and had all of the shipments sent by USPS. It absolutely is possible.
    Jim MacKenzie - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

    A bunch of Nikons; Feds, Zorkis and a Kiev; Pentax 67-II (inherited from my deceased father-in-law); Bronica SQ-A; and a nice Shen Hao 4x5 field camera with 3 decent lenses that needs to be taken outside more. Oh, and as of mid-2012, one of those bodies we don't talk about here.

    Favourite film: do I need to pick only one?

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    All of my (many) shipments from Freestyle have come by USPS Priority Mail International to Canada.

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    Ok, you are right. I also had mine shipped USPS priority mail. However, the order was $180 and the shipping was $42. Thats pretty expensive in my books.

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