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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%
Mostly locally in person 63 14.35%
Impossible to get film - had to go digital 1 0.23%
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Film by the Roll, 5-pack, Brick or Can ?
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 07-17-2010   #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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Old 07-17-2010   #3
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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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I am fortunate to live in London, where both film and film cameras are easy to buy.
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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   #11
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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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Old 07-17-2010   #14
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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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Old 07-17-2010   #21
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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.
Now I start on all their stuff behind the counter . Someday it will all be mine .

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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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Old 07-22-2010   #23
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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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