Originally Posted by adelorenzo
It is true!!! Calumet Photo has filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy in the U.S. Their European Stores are still operating.
Locked tight. If a person had a camera in for repairs, they have to file a request with the bankruptcy attorney to retrieve it. This could take several weeks or longer. What a mess. The employees can not get in to get their personal belongings left inside.
Yesterday, after arriving home from purchasing my spring supply of film at Denver ProPhoto, I felt a bit stupid to have paid about 20% more than B&H and Freestyle prices. But after revisiting this thread I feel a lot better. Every time I go in there they have somebody who can answer just about any stupid question. Where else could I go to talk to somebody about buying C41 Part C developer in powder form separately from Parts A and B?
Now there's only one place like that left in Chicago...
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That's a great attitude to have. I too try to support the local businesses first, even though they cost more. We are very fortunate in Minneapolis to have West Photo who tries to support film and darkroom. At any given time I can purchase most Ilford photo paper, chemicals from Ilford, Kodak, Sprint, and Edwal, negative sleeves, archival binders, film from all the big names (although Fuji's distribution sucks and they have virtually no Fuji film in stock), and so on.
Originally Posted by pbromaghin
If we want those businesses to survive, we have to support them.
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There's one place left like that where I live. The chemical selection is small but they've got all the Ilford and Kodak stuff so that's plenty for me. The film selection is good and I try to buy all my film there. The only irritating part is the film is behind the counter, and nobody knows what any of it is even though it is freshly stocked. So if I want FP4 I have to guide the dummy to it "no not that one, a little higher, no too high, more to the left etc." I guess I shouldn't complain though.
Crap now where am I supposed to get film on Saturday...
Fotocare I guess.
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There's only one camera store left in DC, and judging from their website, one has to wonder how long they'll last. However, Dick has always catered to pros by specializing in superlative factory authorized repairs of high end equipment, so maybe the last man standing in this town will stand for quite a while.
The bad news is that there's not a single word on his website about film. Not a single word.
Originally Posted by Sirius Glass
new photo store in Chicago?
A message was posted on on the alt.photo list. It seems the British branch of Calumet is reviving a version of Calumet in the US.
"CalPhotoUS is a small start up based in Chicago with decades of photo
experience to supply you with the gear you want and the answers you need.
We are beginning to stock from the top Vendors and have Nikon at the ready.
We can ship to any location in the US and are looking to open a store
location in the Chicagoland area very soon.
Check us at www.calphotous.com - updates as we continue to grow.
Thanks for your support!"
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That's terrific news. I do hope they continue to carry certain product lines, like the Brilliant papers and the Bowens lighting gear, that the old Calumet distributed.
Good news... but is this really the British Calumet re-starting a US operation, or 3 smart guys starting a new business? Either way I'm happy if they have good product and good prices and good service, but it sounds more like the latter to me than the former.