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Ordering Film Through Mail

Tue Jan 23, 2001 2:37 am

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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RE: Ordering Film Through Mail

Tue Jan 23, 2001 3:48 am

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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RE: Ordering Film Through Mail

Tue Jan 23, 2001 4:03 am

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

just thought i'd make that observation  Nuts

CHRIS
 
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RE: Ordering Film Through Mail

Tue Jan 23, 2001 4:28 am

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.
 
mikey
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RE: Ordering Film Through Mail

Tue Jan 23, 2001 5:03 am

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
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RE: Ordering Film Through Mail

Tue Jan 23, 2001 6:01 am

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.
 
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RE: Ordering Film Through Mail

Tue Jan 23, 2001 6:42 am

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
 
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RE: Ordering Film Through Mail

Wed Jan 24, 2001 3:31 am

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

Dave
 
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RE: Ordering Film Through Mail

Mon Jan 29, 2001 9:41 am

Is it okay to store film in the fridge?

K. Cook/DCA
 
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RE: Ordering Film Through Mail

Tue Feb 06, 2001 9:42 am

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
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RE: Ordering Film Through Mail

Tue Feb 06, 2001 9:46 am

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
 
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RE: Ordering Film Through Mail

Tue Feb 06, 2001 9:53 am

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

 
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RE: Ordering Film Through Mail

Tue Feb 06, 2001 10:32 am

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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RE: Ordering Film Through Mail

Tue Feb 06, 2001 12:45 pm

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
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RE: Ordering Film Through Mail

Tue Feb 06, 2001 1:05 pm

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
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RE: Ordering Film Through Mail

Tue Feb 06, 2001 2:44 pm

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
 
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RE: Ordering Film Through Mail

Tue Feb 06, 2001 6:16 pm

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
 
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RE: Ordering Film Through Mail

Tue Feb 06, 2001 6:37 pm

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

Regards
Gary Watt
Aberdeen, Scotland

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