You might try Calumet. They are a bit more expensive than B&H, but I have found them to be very fast and more reliable.
Originally Posted by Graeme Hird
I, too am planning to import film soon. Because of the Australian customs rules and the dreaded GST impost, I am going to limit myself to 3x boxes of 50 sheets color neg. Unfortunately those customs rules and GST probably negate any adavantage of scale we might get if we were to group together.
Two days ago I received a shipment of three x 30m rolls of Fuji Neopan 400 from Megaperls in Japan.
As I understand it, this place doesn't keep much stock, small business on the side I believe. They just fill stock using the Japanese, "Just In Time," method.
One of the good things about this site is that they now cater for the Australian and NZ market. Not sure about NZ currency, but you can click on Australian dollars and know exactly in Ozzie dollars, what it's going to cost.
They have a couple of methods of shipping of which the slowest is SAL. I chose this, the package took three weeks.
Hi Mick, I've looked at Unicircuits prices before, but they seem to be extremely expensive by comparison with other sources. Could I suggest trying Badger Graphics (http://www.badgergraphic.com/) who I have been using for years. Shipping costs notwithstanding, Velvia 4x5 sheets are approx 30% cheaper for example. I haven't compared 35mm materials though.
The customs rules changed late last year to align the courier and postal formal entry limit to $1000 (previously $250 and $1000 respectively). This means you should not require formal entry clearance and hence incur subsequent charges if you are under that value (there are a few exceptions but photographic film isn't one of them). As far as I can ascertain this is also the GST limit whereas it was previously $500. I recently had a lens shipped via EMS mail from the US which totalled around AU$900 and it was allowed through without any charges. One catch with the new system is that multiple packages from the same supplier arriving into Australia at similar times will be combined. Exactly what the time frame for 'similar times' is I haven't yet determined - and is something I'm trying to avoid. The bad news of course is that X-Ray use has increased. Also FWIW the lens I recently ordered from Badger Graphic was shipped Global Express Mail at cost for US$14 whereas the website quoted ~US$60 so it would appear they adjust the shipping charge after the shipping cost is known - I can recommend them.
Originally Posted by OldBikerPete
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Does anyone know what the customs regulations are for tourists? I was thinking about having my film shipped directly to my hotel from the US, on my next visit - I shoot primarily Velvia QuickLoads. The airlines are getting quite restrictive on the amount of carry- on luggage allowed, and I would prefer to just carry cameras/lenses.
I would expect the regulations are exactly the same for both tourists and Aussies - it would be too much effort to make sure any given package is intended for an Aussie citizen.
Originally Posted by roteague
Hi Roger (and other APUGers)
I live in Melbourne and have also purchased film from overseas, mainly J&C. The Australian Customs Website (www.customs.gov.au) has a really detailed explanation on importing goods from the internet. There is a difference between using postal services and courier services as couriers can charge their own fees. Customs also include the postage as part of the overall costs in calculating import costs. I haven't had any problems with film I have received to date. I also purchased camera equipment from Canada which came to over Aus $1200 (I had the shipment boxed into two lots as I didn't know about the split packaging rules at that time) and somehow managed to avoid customs duties so I think it is also a bit of hit and miss. I would think though they might be a bit more vigilant at the moment with the Commonwealth Games coming up so may be a bit more thorough with their checking, or maybe too busy to care.
I have to agree on the expiry date of films here. If I purchase from Vanbar they are pretty good, but if I use my local I have actually purchased film and found it is already at it's due date or only a couple of months off. At least Vanbar give a discount on film at it's due date.
I have been trying J&C's film and have also purchased some Efke, neither of which you can purchase here. The cost of those films is amazingly inexpensive even with postage included. If I was only purchasing Kodak, Fuji or Ilford I don't think I would be saving much by getting them from overseas depending on the postage costs, but with some films such as J&C and Efke it seems to be a much cheaper alternative. J&C also stamp on their parcels "Photographic Film, Do Not Xray". I'm not sure if they stock supplies that you need but for black and white film they certainly have some good alternative choices.
I might also have to take a look at some of the other sites mentioned in this post. I agree it would be great to get it from local suppliers but unfortunately the choice of product isn't always available.
If you freeze your film it should stay past its expiry date. Something you migt want to consider. I do that for the MF and 35mm film, dont know if it works the same for LF (I would assume so).
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John, it appears that you are right regarding the Velvia costs. That said, currently the Japanese site appears to have updated to the new Fuji price increases from Feb the 1st. Badger would be running from existing stock, so a true cost comparison may take a little time
With the B&W Neopan 400 that I purchase, it's costs are about 10% cheaper than Badger with their Tri-x converted to the AUD.
As Neopan 400 isn't available in this country as a bulk load item, this is the cheapest way for me to use this film. Adding the freight costs as one should, meant that in total, I save 51% over the standard single roll price.
Kathy's post about J&C, has made me think about looking closely at their offerings.
This internet shopping thing, is truly wonderful!