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Tuolumne
12-08-2008, 10:02
I went to the Bronx Botanical Garden on Sunday to shoot the annual Christmas Train Show. A great exhibit and highly recommended if you are in the area, but try not to go on Sunday when the wait for tickets and stand in line after is monumental. I had only a single roll of film in my M4, so I went to the gift shop to buy some more. As it turns out, the gift shop carries batteries and disposable film cameras, but they have decided to no longer carry film. They are planning on selling DISPOSABLE digital cameras in the near future, though!

I remember a recent thread here where the contention was that if you could buy batteries at a store, then you could also buy film there. Uh, uh. Not any more.

/T

rpsawin
12-08-2008, 10:14
/T,

I've found the same thing around here at some surprising venues. I now overload on film when I'm out shooting so I'm covered.

Disposable digital cameras...can't wait for that.

Best regards and Happy Holidays,

Bob

ClaremontPhoto
12-08-2008, 10:35
You have a Leica, but you don't have film?

You rate up there with my mate who has a Ferrari, but he doesn't have any gasoline.

Gumby
12-08-2008, 10:37
I was surprised at Universal Studios (LA area).. they had film in their gift shops. No choice, but film nonetheless.

mich8261
12-08-2008, 10:54
snip... They are planning on selling DISPOSABLE digital cameras in the near future, though! ...snip

/T

isn't true of all digital cameras?

bob338
12-08-2008, 11:04
i was at the golden gate bridge visitor center a year or two ago and they only had kodak gold 200 or 400. it was $8 a roll!

bob

Tuolumne
12-08-2008, 11:07
You have a Leica, but you don't have film?

You rate up there with my mate who has a Ferrari, but he doesn't have any petrol.

It was a spur-of-the-moment decision to go. :)

/T

Tuolumne
12-08-2008, 11:07
isn't that what all digital cameras are?

Hmmm..how true...how true.

/T

Al Kaplan
12-08-2008, 11:57
If you absolutely must shoot with your Leica and only disposeable FILM cameras are for sale, no film in cassettes, buy the camera. Disposeable film cameras contain a 24 exposure length of 35mm film and a standard cassette. The film is wound around what would be the "take-up" spool in a standard camera and as you wind after each shot you're winding the film into the cassette. Since no film will get fogged in loading a camera they can get an extra three exposures out of each roll.

Cover the lens and click of 24 pix. Break open the camera to get the cassette out. Leave the last three frames for cutting a leader and loading your Leica. The only "problem" is that the frames will be numbered the wrong way.

George S.
12-08-2008, 13:06
In this day, don't go to any attraction and expect to buy film when you get there. Even if there is film availale, it'll probably only be Kodak 200 or 400. Even drug stores and supermarkets have a limited choice if any choice at all.

Great advice, Al!

Tuolumne
12-08-2008, 13:31
If you absolutely must shoot with your Leica and only disposeable FILM cameras are for sale, no film in cassettes, buy the camera. Disposeable film cameras contain a 24 exposure length of 35mm film and a standard cassette. The film is wound around what would be the "take-up" spool in a standard camera and as you wind after each shot you're winding the film into the cassette. Since no film will get fogged in loading a camera they can get an extra three exposures out of each roll.

Cover the lens and click of 24 pix. Break open the camera to get the cassette out. Leave the last three frames for cutting a leader and loading your Leica. The only "problem" is that the frames will be numbered the wrong way.

Cool. Thanks for the heads-up. Could save the day in an emergency.

/T