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User currently offlineMidway DC9-10 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 265 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 9 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1486 times:

I noticed the price of film is cheaper if ordering through the mail. What are the risks involved of ordering this way? Is the film the same as your local store and is the film stored properly?

Thanks,

Dave

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User currently offlineThomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3993 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (13 years 9 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1399 times:

I usually order 60 rolls or more of Velvia or Provia at a time from B&H, Focus, Adorama, Freestyle and I have yet to experince any sort of a problem with shipments or the quality of the film upon its arrivial.

Just make certain that the stores that you are buying from are reputable. Anyone one of the above mention stores have very high standards and come highly recommended.

Thomas



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User currently offlineChris28_17 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1439 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (13 years 9 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1389 times:

60 rolls?? holy crap thats gotta be around $500 !!!

just thought i'd make that observation  Nuts

CHRIS


User currently offlineC72 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 9 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1384 times:

I once ordered 5 rolls of Kodak Royal Gold 100 from cameraworld.com for $3.99 per roll and it shipped and got to me with no problems at all. Local price is $4.79 per roll at a drug store, the only one in my town that carries Royal Gold 100.

User currently offlineMikey From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 193 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (13 years 9 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1379 times:

I prefer buying it in a local store. If you buy it online although it will be cheap but you also have to pay for shipping cost which might range from more than 3 dollars.

mike



Ex LAX, LGB, SNA aviation photographer
User currently offlineFastGlass From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 0 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (13 years 9 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1377 times:

Actually the 60-rolls would be closer to $300 (+/-) when purchased in 20-roll "pro packs". The shipping charges are offset by no sales tax (out of state). I usually buy 40-60 rolls at a time myself and keep them in the fridge until I need to order more.

User currently offlineSunilgupta From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 783 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (13 years 9 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1374 times:

I just ordered 60 rolls of Kodachrome and Provia from B&H. The pirces are identical at Adorama but B&H charges less for shipping.

Sunil


User currently offlineMidway DC9-10 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 265 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 9 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1355 times:

Thanks to all of you who responded. If I do order through the mail, it will be through the reputable companies mentioned.

Dave


User currently offlineGocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4347 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1341 times:

Is it okay to store film in the fridge?

K. Cook/DCA



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User currently offlineBrick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1589 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (13 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1331 times:

Film is best when kept in the refridgerator until a day or so before it is to be used.

Adorama is offering Kodachrome 64 in 36 exposure rolls for $3.75 each! I'm tired of paying $7.99+tax for a roll at the store followed by $9.05+tax for processing. If I buy and develop in bulk (discount for a brick of film or more than $50 of processing) then the best I can do per roll is $15.31 per roll of 36 exp (film and processing). Without bulk discounts I pay $18.15 per roll. Even though I get slides back in 2 days, I can't keep doing this though...it's just too expensive, especially since I've suddenly turned into one of those people that shoots everything at an airport.

If I order 20 rolls through Adorama, I can get the film and the mailers for $170.55 (includes shipping costs) which comes out to $8.53 per roll. I have to wait at least 2 weeks for them to come back, but I'm beginning to realize that it's a small price to pay! Besides, I'm so back logged right now with slides, it will probably take me that long just to get around scanning them.

WHY HAVEN'T I DONE THIS EARLIER!?! (Don't answer that...I know I'm a dumbass.  Smile )

Mark Abbott
Minneapolis, MN



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User currently offlineNscaler From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 243 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (13 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1328 times:

I thought that K64 doesn't need to be kept in a fridge. My understanding was that it is a consumer film, rather than pro so it would be OK left out.

Provia, if I understand correctly, should be refrigerated after about 1 month?

Saul


User currently offlineMikephotos From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 2923 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (13 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1329 times:

Saul,

You are correct, regular Kodachrome 64 does not need to be refrigerated. As long as you're not storing it in the truck of your car during the summer in Phoenix, you'll be fine.

Mark--$3.75 each is a good price. I buy my film at B&H and it's $4.09 a roll of 36exp. with mailers at $4.29 each. Luckily, I don't have to have it shipped, just take an 15 min. stroll during lunch to pick it up.

Michael



User currently offlineAirNikon From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 290 posts, RR: 36
Reply 12, posted (13 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1329 times:

Michael, a question for a local such as yourself. Do the walk-in prices match the internet/magazine prices at BH (or any other NY dealer)? I have always been curious about that...


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User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (13 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1312 times:

Provia's life is at least 2 years at less than 15 degrees Celsius (59 Fahrenheit), and a little over one month at 32 Celsius (90 Fahrenheit). That's what a pro photographer told me. After that, the colors may start acting up.

By the way, there is also a professional grade of K64, which would also need to be refrigerated, but I've never seen it in stores. It is on Kodak's web site though.

Charles


User currently offlineDsmav8r From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 579 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (13 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1317 times:

Provia F seems to have a pretty short life outside the 'fridge. I found a 4 month old roll of unprocessed Provia in the bottom of my backpack last month. After processing, there was a definate brown/red color shift.

I believe Kodak no longer makes the professional version of the KR films. To my knowledge, I don't think there was any difference bewtween the consumer and professional versions. I have used both and saw no difference between them (except price, $11.00/36exp).

Aric Thalman
Omaha, NE



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User currently offlineMikephotos From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 2923 posts, RR: 54
Reply 15, posted (13 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1313 times:

AirNikon,

Yes, the walk-in prices are exactly the same as the catalog (mail) prices at B&H. I haven't dealt with any other store, but I've heard some horror stories about the "good deals" you see listed in the back of magazines. Stick with the big ones like B&H and Adorama, you'll be glad in the long run.

Michael


User currently offlineTguse From Germany, joined Jan 2001, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (13 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1306 times:

Are there some "big stores" in Europe (especially Germany) where I can order Kodachromes through mail? It's getting very hard to buy KR64 which includes mounting in the local shops here!

Torben


User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5568 posts, RR: 64
Reply 17, posted (13 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1308 times:
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Hi all

I have been using MX2 in Guernsey for a while now.

The service is excellent, secure web server and great prices.

I haven't looked into the slide film costs but their Kodak Royal ASA100 is the cheapest around.

Might be difficult for overseas customers but definitely the best for residents of the UK  Smile

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Gary Watt
Aberdeen, Scotland


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