Specifically what types and formats of film would you be looking for? If you're using 35mm color neg and aren't picky about brand, it's not too hard to find a few rolls here and there. 35mm Tri-X and HP5 Plus are common at the camera stores that do continue to stock some film. Once you're looking for any less common emulsion, 120 or larger formats, or transparency film, the pickings get very slim, and you need to plan on going out of your way to find those few stores that still stock.
There is another option if you can plan a few days ahead - you could call Calumet and have them send to their Cambridge store whatever you will need, or call Hunt and have them send what you need to their Harvard Sq or Kenmore Sq location for pickup.
Since it sounds like you might have some time, you might want to mail order from B&H or Adorama and have it shipped to your hotel in Boston (or wherever you're staying).
Originally Posted by Walter61
From what I've heard, you may also find it a lot cheaper than in Italy. Just make sure you don't bring any back in your checked luggage (due to xray).
B&H won't ship to hotels. I don't know about Adorama.
Originally Posted by mgb74
I should have checked before suggesting. But I might still be right - even if accidentally.
B&H's site says they will ship to "any residential address" and to "your business address" for US customers. Further, for US customers, they "do not ship to hotels, motels, resorts, PMB, FedEx or UPS locations".
But for International customers, they say they will ship to "any US address". And so such restriction as to hotels etc.
Obviously should check with them directly before planning on it.
Agree - if Walter can plan ahead, one way or another it should be possible to get what he needs while he's here. You just can't count any more on being able to walk into a local store on the spur of the moment and find what you're looking for, is all.
I saw the prices, are not much different than us.
Will purchase the films in Germany (macodirect.de).
My journey will end in New York and from B&H will take the films consumed during my trip in New England.
Thanks for the tips
Sounds like you are pretty well set. Hope you have a good time. What parts of New England are you planning to visit?
As a side note, some of this discussion reminds me of a visit I made to EP Levines a couple of years ago, there was another customer there who had flown in from N. Europe (don't remember what country) specifically to buy some expensive Nikon lens. Apparently even with the plane ticket, hotel and transportation he was saving significant money.