Quote Originally Posted by Ara Ghajanian
<...snip> Brads,
Thanks for the offer, I really appreciate it. I'm going to take your advice and buy color film from Calumet in SF. Can you think of any other place in town that is worth going to? Plus, do you know of a good lab for processing that is also fairly inexpensive. I figure I might as well process in SF since you guys probably have better labs than Rhode Island.

Ara, I live about sixty miles east of the city and I don't often make the trek...except by Bart. I've been to Calumet a few times. It is a nice store and relatively easy to find. Definitely worth a visit. There must be a few hundred camera / film stores in the city. Most cater to the tourist crowd (which can be very substantial on the weekends) and really don't merit much more than a casual glance. All of 'em still sell 35mm color print film though! There is another big pro camera store in SF that I am aware of but have never visited - Adolph Gassers. Their web site is (or, was) perfectly horrid...so bad in fact that I can't bring myself to even think about shopping there.

I deal mainly with Keeble and Shuchat in Palo Alto. They have everything. Their pricing is kinda strange however. They seem to be competetive with the big NY houses on anything they think is "professional" but, they really sock it to ya on the consumer stuff. So, for example, they want $8.00 or so for a 36 exp roll of Fuji Superia X-tra (Walmat sells this stuff for something like $10 for four rolls of 24exp) but, a box of 4x5 Sheet film - anybox will be priced almost exactly at the same price as it is at B&H or Adorama....go figure. Two stores on the same block - they have everything! Try to avoid the place at lunch time on weekdays as it is filled with silicon valley tech geeks (like me).

While you are in town, do be sure to visit the SF Museum of Modern Art. Get there early! The Oakland museum, accross the bay, is also very worthwhile.