It's a 16 hour drive to either Vancouver or Calgary from where I live in a little town on BC's north coast. I've been mail ordering stuff for over 30 years, starting with my Zone VI 4X5 outfit, darkroom gear, film, paper, etc......
Note to self: Turn your negatives into positives.
Here in the Atlanta GA area film and silver process printing paper are virtually unavailable, except for occasional stocks for photo classes. Such film as is available is really expensive, so I buy from Freestyle etc and stock the freezer. A sad situation when a major metro area is such a desert for silver photography.
Been a while like that. Quite a while, sadly
Had a nice experience yesterday. My new (old) Agfa arrived in the mail. I had had it sent to my office, but I didn't have any film on hand, and didn't want to drive all the way back home to fetch some. So I ran over to Rockbrook Camera, bought a roll of FP4 and even picked up a take up reel (the camera had arrived without one). Showed off the camera a bit, then spent the rest of my lunch hour shooting.
Reading this thread makes me appreciate how fortunate I am.
It's always mail order time around here. There are no camera stores where I live. I'd have to drive at least fifty round trip miles to get to a proper camera store and at $3.70 a gallon for gas it's cheaper to pay shipping.
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Gene's Camera in South Bend, IN carries Kodak Tmax film in 4x5 and sells it at a reasonable price. I buy from them when they have it in stock. They're also willing to order Ilford Hypam fix for me along with their regular darkroom order and I prefer to buy it from them as it's expensive to ship heavy liquids. But the don't carry papers I use (Ilford Warmtone in 11x14,) or 8x10 film or... lots of other stuff, actually. I spend a lot at Freestyle.
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Wow, that works out to only A$1.08/L, most of us here in aus would kill for prices that low (I just filled up for A$1.65/L, US$5.60/gal). And still, I can hear the europeans complaining that we get it so cheap over here...
Originally Posted by dotyj
It's kind of ironic, that US and Canadanadian shipping rates are so low domestically, but ask them to post over here and it's ridiculous (buying anything tiny from B+H is $50 postage, $60 from adorama minimum), but buying from EU the postage is a lot less, a Hermes packet from Germany can be as low as €10-15 for the same weight...
An awful lot of electrons were terribly inconvenienced in the making of this post.
It's mail order for film, but that's just because of the price.
As for processing, 35 and 120 can be done locally, but my 4x5 lab is a 45 minute drive.
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Got both Kenmore Camera and Glazer's Camera. Glazer's might have an issue soon, since they're planning to move everything to their supply/lighting store, except for their rental department later this year, which means their film cooler may have to go bye-bye. Kenmore does have a decent stock of most mainstream film, but, not much in the way of the esoteric stuff, which Glazer's frequently stocks.
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Germany still seem film paradise. Well, in a way...
Originally Posted by benjiboy
Next to those drug store chains with their offer of films, there are still small photoshops even in small towns that carry film.
My favourite amongst those is a photoshop in a town of 6000 people. Two years ago they got the whole Fuji consumer assortment in all flavours plus Ilford films and even the last packs of SX-70 film.
Meanwhile the assortment has schrunk. But still they got a variety including Provia. All films, including single-use cameras, cold stored!
And now even Instax! it is the only place around I know where to get Instax.