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View Poll Results: How do you buy your film ?
Single or a couple of rolls at a time 112 25.51%
5 packs 134 30.52%
Bricks of 10 or 20 rolls 221 50.34%
Cans - DIY reloading 102 23.23%
Mostly by post 125 28.47%
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Old 07-16-2010   #1
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Film by the Roll, 5-pack, Brick or Can ?

It's getting increasingly difficult to get film over the counter most places these days :

Is there a global trend to putting in larger, less frequent resupply orders ?
How do you buy your film ?

Having been shooting mostly B&W for the last year, I just checked the fridge and noticed I'm down to 2 rolls of 35mm color film for this and probably next weekend... not sure I will be able to get more by next weekend :-(

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Old 07-16-2010   #2
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Mostly larger orders on-line, but also expired film at camera fairs.

The only thing I have never bought are cans, I don't have a loader. I do however tend to ask film for my birthday. A bit mean really, because most people are clueless where to get it and what to buy Usually I get 24 exposure rolls of Fuji Superia, which does nicely for happy snaps.
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B&W film in cans and/or bricks online from Germany. Colour film is easier to find locally.
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Old 07-17-2010   #4
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Old 07-17-2010   #5
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Order the majority online from Freeystyle or one of the places in NYC depending on the type of film.
I would love to buy locally but at $10-12 for a roll of 35mm Pan F or HP-5+ not going to happened.
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Old 07-17-2010   #6
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B&W in cans otherwise rolls in larger lots when I see them cheap.
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Old 07-17-2010   #7
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Before, bought in 5 packs (HP5+, Delta 3200, Superia Reala 100), then by the brick. Now only using Tri-X in can.
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Old 07-17-2010   #8
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I am lucky to have good choice locally in my town, but buying online as well. Going to the store when I need a few rolls of something specific (also getting all my chemistry there), online for bulk-loads.
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B&W In bulk and self load.

For color I buy freshly expired lots off eBay. Typically 100+
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I buy 10+ packs only when they are cheap, usually just a couple when I need.
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Old 07-17-2010   #12
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One of the local shops has a good selection but their prices are high, so I buy in bricks of 10 for my staple HP5+ and FP4+ online and go local for less frequent use films like Superia. Usually the UK online retailers have the best prices unless the exchange rate is unfavourable.
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Old 07-17-2010   #13
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Except for specialty film such as IR, I buy trix, delta, portra at one of the three large camera stores in town. My favorite is Tempe Camera, as their prices are the same as the large online sellers such as B&H. Unfortunately they are also the furthest from my house and from my workplace, being about 15 miles away.

I usually order infrared film from Freestyle.
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Mostly bricks online from b&h. Everything is twice the usual price over here, so I try to avoid buying locally.
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I have a fabulous camera shop here in Salt Lake with great inventory and very competetive prices for equipment. I buy quite a bit of stuff from them but their film prices are just too high. I usually buy from B&H or Adorama or Freestyle. I usually buy 10 or 20 rolls at a time. Jim
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Old 07-17-2010   #16
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Usually bricks by post, as it works out cheapest for me that way.

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Old 07-17-2010   #17
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I recently bought 200 rolls of Kodak Gold 200 for $29 on ebay. Expired, yes, but still seems to shoot fine. I'm set for a while I guess.
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Old 07-17-2010   #18
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I buy bricks of Freestyle Legacy Pro (rebranded Neopan ACROS and Neopan 400), and I bulk-load TMAX400.
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Old 07-17-2010   #19
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"Cartonload" I guess, the last order was for 480 rolls. I don't bulk roll, though - so I actually had to buy a small freezer when the UPS man arrived Still beats buying the semi-expired film that my local "dealer" sells for $10/roll...
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Old 07-17-2010   #20
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By the Pro Pack (5-roll) and "modern" brick (10-roll, as opposed to 20) most of the time, and always local, since Adorama and B&H are a bike- or subway-ride away. 'Fridge space is rather limited for the time being, so I never have more then ten rolls of a given film type on hand unless I have a project underway. (Current "stock" films I keep on hand: Kodak BW400CN, Kodak Portra 160NC, Kodak Ektar 100.)


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For the last couple of months, I've been getting by with out-of-date Ektapress 100/160/800 ASA. While there is most definitely some base fog, for the price it's hard to beat. And the price is $2 a roll and $3.50 for the lab to processing a CD and then put my images on an external drive. Unfortunately, I think I cleared them out of their last 70 rolls.
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Old 07-17-2010   #22
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Many ways...

ebay...slightly outdated...40-100 rolls at a time...bulk 100' rolls...(35mm)
Freestyle...35mm B&W...maybe 10 rolls at a time
Samy's...20-30 rolls 120 B&W
Camera shows...whatever they have that's decent...
For special events I'll pick up Pro film from local stores...maybe 5-10 rolls...
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I buy bricks of Freestyle Legacy Pro (rebranded Neopan ACROS and Neopan 400), and I bulk-load TMAX400.

Are you sure.. I use Acros. Do you think it's the real stuff? What does Freestyle call it..Legacy?, and is it fresh? As in, kept cold, even if it's a bit out of date.
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Yes it is but not 100% the same material. You can feel with your fingers that there's perhaps a minor difference in the base material thickness. The LegacyPro 100 and 400 emulsion however is exactly the same with Acros 100 and in Neopan 400 so dev times and image quality is just the same.
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Old 07-22-2010   #25
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I always buy 5 packs off of ebay because I can't find it cheaper.

Where do you guys get the kodak 20+ packs from?? can I buy it right from them?
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Old 07-22-2010   #26
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I buy singles to experiment locally.

Once I find stuff I like that I want in bulk, I buy either packs or cans. I tend to leave the film the loader so now I need a second loader so I can have both a fast and slow fill ready to roll. I'm too nervous about light leaks to move it can to loader repeatedly.

Most of my film is still bulk expired film purchases though. I have a huge amount of expired color and slide film stockpiled simply because I develop b&w at home and thus shoot it much more often.
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Freestyle did well with a fast delivery :
Two 5 packs of 400H and a 10-roll brick of Ektar 100 delivered yesterday.
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Yes it is but not 100% the same material. You can feel with your fingers that there's perhaps a minor difference in the base material thickness. The LegacyPro 100 and 400 emulsion however is exactly the same with Acros 100 and in Neopan 400 so dev times and image quality is just the same.
I had some Neopan 100 here and it's not the same film as the Acros variant. Have you enlarged the Legacy film and compared it to the grain structure in Acros? It's certainly a great value if it is truly Acros. Freestyle's prices for the real Acros are quite good too. p.
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Old 07-24-2010   #29
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In the past, I have purchased fresh film, short-dated film, or recently expired film by mail and in person from sources that have a history of providing properly stored film.

My preferred packaging for this film is:
35mm color slide film in 100-feet cans.
35mm color print film in 20-roll “bricks”
Medium format 120 color print film in 5-packs
4x5 and 8x10 inch black & white sheet film in 50 or 100 sheet boxes

However, now that film is getting so hard to find at reasonable prices, I will be forced to purchase it in any packaging form I can find. Thank goodness, I have not needed to buy film recently because I am still using the film stored in my freezer. Plus, many of the types of film I like to shoot have been discontinued.

By the way, 5-liter E6 chemistry is also getting hard to find.
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I've bought several 20 roll bricks off the classifieds here. The last two 20-pack bricks were Fuji 160 NPS. Great film.
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Yes it is but not 100% the same material. You can feel with your fingers that there's perhaps a minor difference in the base material thickness. The LegacyPro 100 and 400 emulsion however is exactly the same with Acros 100 and in Neopan 400 so dev times and image quality is just the same.
There have been a number of threads here and elsewhere on the web about this. If Legacy Pro 100/400 are different from Acros and Neopan 400, no one's been able to really show it.

I just ran a bunch of ACROS and LP100, shot on the same days and in the same light, in some cases developed together the same tanks, and to my eyes there's not an overt difference. To me the bases feel the same, and the base densities are by eye indistinguishable. If I get a chance this weekend, I'll measure the base thicknesses with a micrometer.
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Old 08-01-2010   #32
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In the past, I have purchased fresh film, short-dated film, or recently expired film by mail and in person from sources that have a history of providing properly stored film.

My preferred packaging for this film is:
35mm color slide film in 100-feet cans.
35mm color print film in 20-roll “bricks”
Medium format 120 color print film in 5-packs
4x5 and 8x10 inch black & white sheet film in 50 or 100 sheet boxes

However, now that film is getting so hard to find at reasonable prices, I will be forced to purchase it in any packaging form I can find. Thank goodness, I have not needed to buy film recently because I am still using the film stored in my freezer. Plus, many of the types of film I like to shoot have been discontinued.

By the way, 5-liter E6 chemistry is also getting hard to find.
where on earth do you get your E6 in cans? looking high and low to no avail.
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I usually buy from Freestyle on Sunset, a short subway ride and about 1km walk from my work. Also have a small photo shop in Valley Village but prices are a bit higher. I buy some from them if I don't want to trek to Hollywood.
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10-20+ rolls at a time (bricks), ebay, short-dated or expired.
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where on earth do you get your E6 in cans? looking high and low to no avail.
Well, It's been a while, but at one time you could buy a chemistry kit at your local camera store. I started with E4 and then went to E6. It's been a number of years since I ran any E6. I think the kit would process 6 rolls of 36.. maybe it was 8. It may no longer be sold. As of about 3 years ago, professional photographers were no longer allowed to have a dark room in San Francisco. This didn't apply to students or hobbyists. If you had a City business license, you got a visit from an inspector.. unannounced. p.
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I mostly buy the 5 roll pro-packs of my two main stays--BW400CN and Ektar--and occasionally will buy what ever the local drug store has--re branded Fuji I think.
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I buy at either of the two local shops that sell film, although I lean towards one.

It may be a wee more expensive than online prices, but I prefer to support the local store or else it won't be around when I need it.
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where on earth do you get your E6 in cans? looking high and low to no avail.
Here is the last place I found E6 chemistry:

Arlington Camera
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However, the E6 was in bottles, not cans.
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I am lucky that "my little man" in the High Street will order in bulk and get the best price for me - I have just placed an order for 30 rolls of Kodak 400 to take to Australia. They will probably come in packs of 3.

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