advice on new york
I'm travelling to Nwe York at the end of this month on business and plan to (a) take my camera and (b) bolt on a couple of days to see some of the city and make some photographs.
I have reservations, however, regarding the number of x-ray machines my kit will pass during the trip. It therefore makes sense to me to buy film in NY and, if possible, to have it developed before I leave.
To that end, can anyone, please, recommend:
(a) suitable outlets for black & white film; and
(b) competent film processors who would, by preference, process by hand rather than by machine.
If it helps, I'll be staying at the Hudson Hotel (uptown I believe - though that doesn't mean a lot to me right now).
Appreciate any suggestions
well of course you are now entering the mecca of photo merchants for the brick and mortar crowd....B+H located on the west side 33 and 9th ave
Adorama is located on west 18th st and is between 5 and 6 avenues
leave your credit card at home!!
someone else must tell you about processing
have a great time!!
You can buy many types of film at B&H Photo: www.bhphotovideo.com
Can't help with processing. At the airport you can request a hand search of your film. I did that in Wyoming last summer. They don't x-ray it but visually inspect it and test for explosive residues. Not 100% sure if you can get this done in NY airports but worth further investigating if you need that option.
Enjoy your trip! There are many great photos to be taken there...
I don't know who would do b&w in one day. Flatiron Lab will do a nice job but their turnaround time is three days. You can drop off the film and they can mail it to you.
Your hotel is in a terrific location, near Columbus Circle and Central Park. Many subway and bus routes stop there. Great restaurants all over the area. We would refer to the area as "midtown".
I'd be happy to show you around.
Be aware that B&H and Adorama are orthodox Jewish business, so they close Friday afternoon and Saturday, but they're open Sunday. Calumet is open Friday afternoon and Saturday.
I haven't really been to Sixty-Eight Degrees since they moved to their new location a year or two ago, but they could probably turn around B&W in a day. They have a big Refrema dip and dunk filled with Xtol, and they specialize in B&W. It's mechanized, but not roller processing.
MV Labs is probably the top end B&W custom lab in town, processes by hand, and can turn around film as fast as you need, for a price (and for an exorbitant price, will even do it on a weekend)--
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Is Cambridge still out there, or did banning them from the camera mags put them out of business? Just wondering.
They moved once or twice and I think now they're a mail-order only business operating under various names--Cambridge World, Air-Watches, and others.
If you've never been, go to b&h and plan on spending an hour or two; it's photo-paradise, the big candy store. You'll probably get a little 'attitude,' but that's just NYC. Enjoy.
Can't help with processing advice, but for purchasing film, the three best choices are B&H, Adorama and Calumet. The order is arbitrary - they are equally good.
The Hudson Hotel is on W. 58th between Broadway and 8th Ave. Its not a long walk to B&H (but in the winter, if the wind is blowing, it could be a cold walk!). My advice would be to go to the nearest subway station (the Columbus Circle station is at 59th and 8th Ave), ask for a map (the hotel concierge may have subway maps), and purchase a Metrocard. Take the A, C or E train from Columbus Circle to 34th Street - B&H is about a block away.
Adorama and Calumet are further south - the A, C or E trains will also go to the 14th Street Station, from which you will have to walk several blocks to reach those stores.
As David noted, be aware that B&H and Adorama are closed on Friday afternoon and Saturday, but are open on Sunday. Calumet is the opposite - open Friday afternoon and Saturday, closed on Sunday.
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For film on Fridays and Saturdays go to Calumet on 18th st. or K and M on broadway between Walker and White. As for processing...I'd be wary of places that do hand processing not only because of the high cost but due to increased likelihood that they'll screw it up. But if you must, check out Kelton labs or MV and expect to pay three times what you'd pay elsewhere. Kelton labs is among the best boutique b/w labs in the city. MV is reputably in the same league although I've known a few photographers who've had less than adequate results from this lab. Then there's phototechnica in Brooklyn but that's a bit of a hike. For my time and money I'd go to LTI on 30th and Park where they run Ilford DDX in a refrema dip and dunk. $10 for a roll of 35mm, one day turn-around. Tell Bernard that frotog said Hi.