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    Cheap Color and B&W Film

    I will be leaving for a trip to Japan in about 2 weeks, and I need film!

    Could someone point me to a place that sells cheap film besides ultrafine and ebay in the United States? Tri-x, Fujicolor Pro, Kodak Portra, Superia......ect.


    Expired and cold stored film is ok for what I'm doing.


    Thanks

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    Freestylephoto sells Tri-X for $2.19/roll under their Arista Premium brand.

    Around here you can buy Superia 200 for right around a buck a roll at walmart.
    f/22 and be there.

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    If you’re located or will visit Montreal, PM me please. I have about 30 rolls in total, of Konica VX-100 (low contrast) & VX-200 (high contrast), all negatives in 35mm size and 24 or 24+3 frames per roll. They expired in 2006 (VX-100) and in 2008 (VX-200), but I kept them in the freezer since before the expiring date. Make me an offer if you’re interested in, but don’t ask me to mail them: pick-up only. I’m selling them because I only do B&W now.
    B&W is silver.

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    The question however is if you really need to buy film when going to Japan - the place where the best films actually come from. If I were you I'd rather browse the web for the local photographic shops or try to ask for a tip here. Then I'd probably buy a couple of rolls just to get by till landing. My understanding is that Fuji is anyway cheaper in Japan than when it's exported to somewhere else.

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    $2 a roll for fresh Superia 100, 200 and 400 at adorama and B&H (grey market but in date). I've shot tons of it and had good luck.

    I like the idea of buying it in Japan though. Saves you an x-ray pass. Just take a handful of rolls with you to buy you a day or two.
    Jim MacKenzie - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

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    I was there three weeks ago and and was so sorry because I didn't take my film camera with me. You can fimd a lot of interesting and cheap films there.

    Miha

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    The cost of film is a tiny fraction of the total price of your trip.
    Why would you try to save $20-30?
    Get the most expensive film or the film you like. To recover the difference just don't do to starbucks in the airport.

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    BJ's sells Kodak Gold in 10 packs for $13 I believe.
    Helping to save analog photography one exposure at a time

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    In Japan, you might wanna check Yodobashi Camera and Bic Camera stores.

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    For the Tri-X, I'd go for Arista Premium 400 for $2.19 per roll for 36 exp. At that price for new film, expired Tri-X is hardly worth it. This is especially true with faster films that do not keep as well as slower ones.

    For color, Fuji Superia Press is my recommendation. I am particularly partial to the X-Tra 800 at $3 a roll for 36 exp.

    Sometimes you can get the amateur version of Superia in 24 exp. rolls at places like Wal-Mart for very good prices. It is the same film as the Press, which is a professional film, but has a slightly different color balance to offset the effects of the relatively slow use and unrefrigerated storage that is expected of "consumers". Like I said, same film, though.

    This is assuming 35mm, of course.
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