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    I was just wondering if there was a place where film could be bought in bulks with a savings then going to a store and getting it. This may be a stupid question, sorry if it is. I am using 35mm, the speed varies since I am still trying and learning. Also which brands are better then others when using film? I have a Nikon N55. Thanks!!!
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    What kind of film do you want? Colour? B&W? I'm guessing you're not processing the film yourself.

    Try:

    www.freestylephoto.biz

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home


    http://www.adorama.com/catalog.tpl

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    I was looking for both coulor and black and white. Thank you I will try those links.
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    Melinda,
    Another source for black and white film is PhotoWarehouse.biz . They carry 125 and 400 ISO film (35mm) already loaded in canisters. Price varies with quantity purchased. Good luck.
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    The cheapest way to get B&W film is to buy a bulk loader and load it yourself. This isn't very hard but does add a few added problems. I'm not sure your Nikon lets you set your own film speed. Getting bulk loaded film processed may also be harder.

    I like Agfa APX 100 B&W film. It is relatively cheap. Better then that it looks good to me. Supposedly the film Freestyle sells under thier own name is Ilford. I think that may be the story with Photowarehouse to.

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    Don't overlook our list sponsors JandC Photo and Calumet - you can click on their links at the top of the page.

    Bulk load film is less expensive, but I always found it harder to print when I used it at a newspaper. Fred Picker said it was movie film made with a thicker film base so that it could stand the motors in a movie camera. I just know that the 35mm bulk Tri-X at the newspaper felt thicker and exposed differently than the regular Tri-X. I would fear that, as Melinda is using commercial processing, the processor might not understand the extra exposure I found bulk film to require. I'd stick with the regular stuff.
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    Thaks guys this gives me a lot to think about and a lot of words to look up. I can't wait till the day when I understand photo language.
    Melinda Glover

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    Quote Originally Posted by juan

    Bulk load film is less expensive, but I always found it harder to print when I used it at a newspaper. Fred Picker said it was movie film made with a thicker film base so that it could stand the motors in a movie camera. I just know that the 35mm bulk Tri-X at the newspaper felt thicker and exposed differently than the regular Tri-X. I would fear that, as Melinda is using commercial processing, the processor might not understand the extra exposure I found bulk film to require. I'd stick with the regular stuff.
    juan
    Does movie film use the same perforations? Somebody [I want to say out of Seattle but I don't remember] supposedly used to sell movie film and then you needed to send it back to them for processing.

    All I can say is that my times seem too short when printing. The only real downside I see is the frame numbering scheme.

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    As I understand it, 35mm was originally movie film. At some point after it became popular for still cameras, the manufacturers made versions with a thinner film base. They had the same sprocket holes/perforations.

    I remember the outfit in Seattle. I never used the film, but I remember it was something special - maybe you got both negatives and slides from it?
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    Re bulk film:
    I've never noticed any difference between 'original rolls' and bulk film purchased in manufacturer's packaging.
    There are companies offering reloaded movie film. Never used one of these.

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