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Old 08-09-2012   #1
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where do you buy film?

especially in canada?!

just wondering for the moment...
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Old 08-09-2012   #2
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no bulk for me...

arista premium form freestyle seems the best/cheapest deal...tri-x by another name?
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local flm cost is about 8 to 9 bucks a roll...freestyle is 2.89 a roll so with shipping it should still be way cheaper.
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local flm cost is about 8 to 9 bucks a roll...freestyle is 2.89 a roll so with shipping it should still be way cheaper.
Damn Joe, the little local camera shop in Fort Wayne only charges $5.50 for 36 exposures of Tri-X or Tmax 100 or 400. I buy most of my film from Freestyle though, because I use the Arista Premium 400.
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local flm cost is about 8 to 9 bucks a roll...freestyle is 2.89 a roll so with shipping it should still be way cheaper.
Local film in Australia is also at least $10 a roll of 120 for B/W. I buy in bulk from B&H. Aussie dollar is also the best it's ever been against the US.

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Local film in Australia is also at least $10 a roll of 120 for B/W. I buy in bulk from B&H. Aussie dollar is also the best it's ever been against the US.

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In adelaide one roll of portra 400 cost me $19!!! You would have to be stupid to NOT buy film online these days. Around $70 for 10 rolls of portra posted. Maybe I should buy in bulk and set up a store. Even if I sell it for double it would still be cheaper!
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In adelaide one roll of portra 400 cost me $19!!! You would have to be stupid to NOT buy film online these days. Around $70 for 10 rolls of portra posted. Maybe I should buy in bulk and set up a store. Even if I sell it for double it would still be cheaper!
Just bought some more Portra from B&H - just over $5 each. No justifying Oz prices at all.
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never say never i started bulk roll this year, and it is easy
once i got over the psychological "hump". Currently shooting with
Polypan F at 50 iso (!) as my street shooting film, and Arista
Premium for my studio shoot. PPF is silly cheap, usd 39 for 500ft (!),
great for general shooting at iso 50 - 200, though i am still
experimenting with 50 iso. Arista Premium is inexpensive Tri-x,
my fear is that it will run out eventually so I have stocked up
on it as well. I get my films from: ebay, freestyle and
experimental film from FrugalPhotographer as well as Ultrafine.
I live in Singapore so shipping is always a concern.
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Most of my film has come members of forums like this. Good people who know film and store it cold. Good film and cheap. I like it.

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I always thought film is way much more easily available (and more affordable) in the US, Canada and Japan than any part of the world.

Currently shooting with Kodak and Fuji film. Will try rebadged tri-x some day.
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Used to be Freestyle but last few orders have been BH. Cdn prices are out of whack, except for 4x5 sheet film for some reason.
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I check prices and shipping from B&H or Freestyle. B&H seems to usually have the product and the price.

I would prefer to buy in Canada but the prices are always prohibitive for some reason.
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Old 08-09-2012   #15
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Arista premium and all chemicals from Freestyle and Portra or slide from BH
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freestyle, which, according to the catalogue i got yesterday, no longer has a minimum order of $25.
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Old 08-09-2012   #17
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i emailed the local pro lab to get some info on film development and scanning...what developers they use etc...oh, and prices.
depending on what developers they use i will choose my film.
i'm thinking 400 iso and shooting for grain so as to differentiate the look from my rd1 images...
i am concerned as they list all their services and film is not mentioned anywhere...could be a bad sign.
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Old 08-09-2012   #18
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I buy Arista 400 Premium from Freestyle. Quick service and very pleasant to deal with. It is worth to do a stock buy - 50 or 100 rolls as you will be surprised how fast you go through it. Stick to one film for now - later you can play around with alternatives.
I agree with you about Kodak Canada's pricing - saving $4-5/roll it wont take that many rolls until the M4P is paid for!
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Mostly B&H as they now have the Purolator shipping option so no shocking brokerage fees like UPS. Occasionally Freestyle. And have also used Macodirect.de for something the others might not have. The only film I've bought in Canada has come from the classifieds, mostly expired stuff.
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B+H Purolator shipping
Got screwed by freestyle with customs, duty, tax.
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Old 08-18-2012   #21
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B+H Purolator shipping
Got screwed by freestyle with customs, duty, tax.
How was it Freestyle's fault that you had to pay custom duties?
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I'm also in Canada : i usually buy from B&H, unless my local store has a promotion on some Ilford film. I would prefer to always buy from them, but 18$ for a roll of Velvia is unacceptable.
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B+H Purolator shipping
Got screwed by freestyle with customs, duty, tax.
Freestyle didn't screw you. They are not responsible for the customs, duty, or tax on film shipped to Canada.
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Freestyle didn't screw you. They are not responsible for the customs, duty, or tax on film shipped to Canada.
Do Canadians pay duty on USA or Mexico produced goods bought from a USA seller? What about NAFTA?
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Do Canadians pay duty on USA or Mexico produced goods bought from a USA seller? What about NAFTA?
I honestly don't know, but my understanding is that, due to NAFTA, people in the US, Canada, and Mexico do not pay import duties on items manufactured in those countries when shipped across the border. I would think that Customs duties could apply to films, darkroom supplies, and other non-US made items that are imported into the US by Freestyle, and then sold across the border to Canada. Probably most of what Freestyle sells is imported into the US from a non-NAFTA country. Maybe someone from Canada can say if they are charged customs duties for Rollei or Efke film, but not for Kodak film.

Canadian taxes and customs brokerage fees may still apply. There are many people here from Canda who doubtless know more about this than I.

Anyway, my point to the poster who said he was screwed by Freestyle was simply that he wasn't screwed by Freestyle.
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I honestly don't know, but my understanding is that, due to NAFTA, people in the US, Canada, and Mexico do not pay import duties on items manufactured in those countries when shipped across the border. I would think that Customs duties could apply to films, darkroom supplies, and other non-US made items that are imported into the US by Freestyle, and then sold across the border to Canada. Probably most of what Freestyle sells is imported into the US from a non-NAFTA country. Maybe someone from Canada can say if they are charged customs duties for Rollei or Efke film, but not for Kodak film.

Canadian taxes and customs brokerage fees may still apply. There are many people here from Canda who doubtless know more about this than I.

Anyway, my point to the poster who said he was screwed by Freestyle was simply that he wasn't screwed by Freestyle.
And quite right you are.
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if i buy online i usually get color neg from bh and b/w from freestyle. ive been getting lazy lately so ive been buying tri-x from calumet since i live so close to it.
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I too bounce between B&H. ... Tmax400 & TriX
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Vistek online,
Henry's online.
Also ebay - there are a few sellers of bulk rolls (ie boxes of Fuji)
There were a couple online sellers in Montreal where I could save a few pennies over Vistek but I haven't checked on them in a while.
Galaxy Camera locally has a lot of film variety too.

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I use majority Neopan 400 and a few Tri-x, HP5 and TMax from time to time. All are available locally with Neopan the cheapest at about $3.50/roll
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Here in sunny old London I get mine from Silverprint in Waterloo. As I actually go to the store the prices are fine. The service is good and the staff are knowledgable. In fact I am happy to support in my own little way to keep it there.
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Here in sunny old London I get mine from Silverprint in Waterloo. As I actually go to the store the prices are fine. The service is good and the staff are knowledgable. In fact I am happy to support in my own little way to keep it there.
I prefer to support local stores as well. If you don't support local stores, you won't have local stores or jobs. I normally buy from Pro Photo, or Blue Moon in Portland, Oregon. However, I will on occasion buy from Adorama, and I have been considering Freestyle and B&H for the stuff I can't get from the other stores.
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I buy most of my film from the local pro shop as I feel it's important to support those who support us here at home. I do use FreeStyle for films my local shop does not carry. I find it important to me to be able to go to Glazer's and buy film and be able to find a decent selection of analog ( and yes, digital ) gear.

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Local shop up the street from me in Palo Alto, Ca still has a decent selection. Otherwise, I buy from B&H.

No bulk anymore. I buy individual rolls in ten packs. Mostly XP2 Super since I can have it processed at the drugstore on the corner in 20 minutes for $4.
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For 35mm it's Freestyle but in 120 B&H has the edge.
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For 35mm it's Freestyle but in 120 B&H has the edge.
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I buy hundreds of Arista Premium at a time, and I stockpiled lot of Arista Pro when it was available (Arcos). Now Arcos is not available rebranded at Freestyle and the prices are higher than both B&H and Adorama. Also have found/discovered that pricing at Adorama can be better than B&H.

I find that B&H and Adorama have better prices than Freestyle on 120 and in particular 120 Arcos. A while back I got lots of Arcos at Adorama for $2.69 a roll even though it was priced higher online. Loaded up the truck as they say on Wall Street, meaning I was greedy.

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I get mine from Freestyle and B&H, makes my CPA happy when running the numbers to have it all from just two sources. I buy Arista Tri-X for 35mm work. Freestyle is running some special bulk discounts on the film right now and got rid of the minimum order thing.
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