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    our local store carries 35mm, 120, 220, 8x10, 11x14. all kinds of obscure formats. they probably have a better selection of non-35mm format.
    5x7 Eastman-Kodak kit, under the knife for a bit
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    Random 35mm stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by j-dogg View Post
    our local store carries 35mm, 120, 220, 8x10, 11x14. all kinds of obscure formats. they probably have a better selection of non-35mm format.
    That's pretty unique, I would say. Here in Minneapolis we have a few stores that carry 35mm b&w and color professional films, 120/220, and to some extent 4x5.
    Then a slew of Ilford papers, chemistry, a few darkroom supplies, neg sleeves and that. I consider that pretty lucky... You must be in heaven.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Cole View Post
    Ok, color me clueless, but what the hell is a "bake off?" I never heard the term before this thread. I took it to mean a competition between two devices or modes, but what was he comparing to his Rollei? Or...did you mean it was a chance to compare with your Nikon? But how could you do that without seeing the results?

    Sorry, I just don't get it.
    Yes, a bake-off is a competition, coined by the computer realm and usually referring to a head-to-head competition to find the "best" computer, graphics card, database engine, etc.

    I condemned my own remark to the man because the quality of his camera was of no bearing to my reason for saying something to him; he was shooting film, that was what was important. I'm glad he took it as a complement, it was a nice Rollie, but it was not what I really wanted to say. I stumbled there. Whatever camera I was carrying was irrelevant too. What was important there was that I was a fellow analog photographer. If I wasn't late for work I would have stopped for a bit and asked about what he was "after", but I was late, alas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Cole View Post
    You folks can actually walk into a store and buy film?
    Walked into a local retail store a few days ago. Bought five rolls of 35mm Provia 100F. Got is out of a self-serve refridgerator. That fridge was about six or eight glass doors long. Checked out the other doors. Ilford, Kodak, Fuji everywhere. 35mm, 120, 4x5, 5x7, 8x10, 6.5x8.5 (whole plate), 4x10, and other oddbal sizes of sheet film. 100-foot bulk rolls of b&w in many different flavors. Pro packs, individual rolls, Fuji color papers. And on and on and on. All right there for the taking...

    I think you need to move to the Pacific Northwest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by semi-ambivalent View Post
    Yes, a bake-off is a competition, coined by the computer realm and usually referring to a head-to-head competition to find the "best" computer, graphics card, database engine, etc.

    I condemned my own remark to the man because the quality of his camera was of no bearing to my reason for saying something to him; he was shooting film, that was what was important. I'm glad he took it as a complement, it was a nice Rollie, but it was not what I really wanted to say. I stumbled there. Whatever camera I was carrying was irrelevant too. What was important there was that I was a fellow analog photographer. If I wasn't late for work I would have stopped for a bit and asked about what he was "after", but I was late, alas.

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    Ah, ok, thanks for the explanation. Makes sense now.

    My fiance and I went to ... some sort of art event in an area in Atlanta, her friend who works in art installations and does sculpture had a piece in it, and I took 35mm with Tri-X destined for Diafine since I was out of TMZ. Ran across one other guy shooting film with a Mamiya TLR on a tripod. Admired the camera a bit but the mess in the street was chaotic enough I didn't get to stop and chat.

    Got the negs now but haven't had time to proof. Looks like, if camera shake didn't ruin any as I shot a lot at 1/15th and 1/30th (I can always manage the latter if I'm careful and occasionally the former) with my 50mm 1.7, I might have some good street shots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Nadvornick View Post
    Walked into a local retail store a few days ago. Bought five rolls of 35mm Provia 100F. Got is out of a self-serve refridgerator. That fridge was about six or eight glass doors long. Checked out the other doors. Ilford, Kodak, Fuji everywhere. 35mm, 120, 4x5, 5x7, 8x10, 6.5x8.5 (whole plate), 4x10, and other oddbal sizes of sheet film. 100-foot bulk rolls of b&w in many different flavors. Pro packs, individual rolls, Fuji color papers. And on and on and on. All right there for the taking...

    I think you need to move to the Pacific Northwest.

    Ken

    [Transcribed by Ken's new occupational therapist after he chopped off both of his hands in post #113 in this thread.]
    Sounds nice but I have a good job I like here, as does my fiance, and my aging parents now in their 80s with some health issues are only 4.5 hours away by car, not all day by people tube in the sky with the accompanying TSA hassles. I can live with ordering my film. But I do hope to visit that way some day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plate Voltage View Post
    Distribution's an interesting point because I recall hearing bits and pieces when Kodak did sell directly to stores that they could sometimes be a difficult company to deal with. Getting rid of their in-house distribution system does explain why Kodak Canada demolished their office building at Eglinton & Black Creek Dr. I could understand tearing down the factory buildings but I couldn't figure out why the office building since they'd have to rent space elsewhere to accommodate the staff that worked there. If they ditched the internal distribution arm and other administrative functions and laid off the staff, that'd explain why they didn't need the office space.
    Distribution is critical.

    In the past, if you were a Kodak dealer, and maintained certain reasonable volumes, you could obtain any and every product in the catalogue that applied to your business (e.g. retail photographic stores). And if you ordered a reasonable quantity, you could obtain the items on your order at the lowest price available - same as the largest volume retailers.

    And with respect to photofinishing (like Kodachrome) if you maintained reasonable volumes, Kodak would pick up from you, and return developed orders to you, without charge for the service.

    In Canada, Kodachrome used to be all process paid. In any are close enough to the North Vancouver or Toronto (or Brampton?) labs, Kodachrome films dropped off before pickup time at each dealer would be returned to that dealer fully processed the very next business day, all without charge.

    The dealers who had trouble with Kodak tended to be the ones who had trouble either establishing or maintaining their credit rating with Kodak .
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    A small used-camera store in my town carries film. Their prices are slightly higher than mail order but not insanely so.

    But what I have noticed is that their film shelf was nearly empty 2 or 3 years ago with only 4 or 5 choices, mostly in black and white. Now I go in there and they have Ilford, Kodak and Fujifilm. At least 20 choices and well stocked shelves.

    When I go to the Pasadena Camera Swap nowadays you can barely get inside and you can't turn around for the crowds.

    There are plenty of people that want to use film cameras and buy film.

    It seems like Kodak's stock roller-coaster has calmed down over the past couple of weeks but I still wonder what their mid-term and long-term strategies are for the film products.

    I would just hate to lose Kodak color films. That would be heartbreaking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plate Voltage View Post
    I've been trying to stock up on Kodak film for several weeks now because I go on vacation on Friday but every time one of the stores I go to gets an order in, they've either sold out quickly or been near sold out. The result is that I've been getting a few rolls of Kodak film here and there but not in the quantity I've been hoping for. However, the big upside to this is that Kodak's products are moving and sales are being made which is far better than the alternative of film languishing on shelves or in refrigerators slowly going stale.
    Try putting in an order at the store. They can order extra to fill your order and hold it back and notify you when it comes in.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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