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Having just purchased this weekend my first film Leica for about 20 years and living in Sweden with a 25% VAT, film is quite expensive.

Portra 160: 100sek / €10 / £9 / ﹩12

Portra 400: 120sek / €12/£10 / ﹩15 

Tri-X: 90sek / €9 / £8 / ﹩11

 

Curious to know if there are good online companies within EU, in the UK and in the US to buy from.

From within EU I could buy but in the UK and US I can buy when in the country, once we are all allowed to travel again.

Grateful for all your input!

 

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I now only buy Portra 400 (I have plenty of Kodak B&W film in the freezer) and haven't found it anywhere cheaper than your £10 per roll cost for quite some time. I recently paid £58 for a 5-roll pack and that – give or take 3 quid or so – seems to be the going rate here in the UK.

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1 hour ago, wattsy said:

I now only buy Portra 400 (I have plenty of Kodak B&W film in the freezer) and haven't found it anywhere cheaper than your £10 per roll cost for quite some time. I recently paid £58 for a 5-roll pack and that – give or take 3 quid or so – seems to be the going rate here in the UK.

Cheers! 
have you a preffered dealer?

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Fotoimpex in Germany is an excellent source, but as you are an EU resident your orders will be subject to VAT, bringing the prices to the same level as what you have quoted for Sweden:

https://www.fotoimpex.de/shop/system/?func=listingmain&rub1=Filme&rub2=Kleinbildfilme 135&pn=60&cache=0&sort=0

 

In the U.S. I'd recommend these two outlets:

B&H in New York City:  https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/35mm-film/ci/39569

Unique Photo in New Jersey: https://www.uniquephoto.com/film-cameras-and-supplies/film

 

Sometimes the following U.S. sellers have competitive deals on the Kodak films you mentioned:

https://cinestillfilm.com/collections/film/format_-35mm

https://www.freestylephoto.biz/category/1-Film

 

 

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1 hour ago, johnkunstadter said:

Fotoimpex in Germany is an excellent source, but as you are an EU resident your orders will be subject to VAT, bringing the prices to the same level as what you have quoted for Sweden:

https://www.fotoimpex.de/shop/system/?func=listingmain&rub1=Filme&rub2=Kleinbildfilme 135&pn=60&cache=0&sort=0

 

In the U.S. I'd recommend these two outlets:

B&H in New York City:  https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/35mm-film/ci/39569

Unique Photo in New Jersey: https://www.uniquephoto.com/film-cameras-and-supplies/film

 

Sometimes the following U.S. sellers have competitive deals on the Kodak films you mentioned:

https://cinestillfilm.com/collections/film/format_-35mm

https://www.freestylephoto.biz/category/1-Film

 

 

Wow! Many Thanks! Will check them out. The German site I will have to pay German VAT which is 20%, so should be cheaper.

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50 minutes ago, RayD28 said:

I bought a of five-pack of Portra 400 form BH for &56.  Free shipping.  Not sure if that is a good price or not but I had a small gift card to use.  

Should be an "ok" price, but would need to shop when next time in NY to make sense.

They wanted to charge me ﹩73 in shipping a soft release...

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Analogue Wonderland have 36 exp Tri-X on offer at £7.50, limited to 6 rolls per person.  
 

I mainly buy film from Analogue or Parallax depending on the cost.  Usually it’s Ektar, Porta 400, Tri-X, TMax 100 & 400 and Acros iii in 120 and 35mm.

I always preferred Ilford Delta 100 & 400 to TMax but I’ve recently had the widely reported annoying problems with backing paper fogging, on 120 film, so I won’t be using Ilford again after my current stock is finished until they’ve sorted the problem out. 

 

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BH in USA. But they might be short on the stock. I went instore once and purchased all stock of Ultramax 400. Which was ... 28 rolls.

With "quality" of emulsion, next to non labs with technicians who ain't hipsters... results are far from it used to be.

I'm not finding it to be worth of the price. Even with my knowledge of inhome processing of C-41, ECN-2 and E6. 

I'm have dozen or so of Kodak Gold and our daughter is using it at the rate of ... two rolls per year. I think it is optimal amount for color film of these days.

For BW I see zero reason to overpay for greedy Alaris or how this company holding stock of film Kodak is called. Any common non Kodak emulsion is good as long as it is not Foma :). 

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If you're in Stockholm - if you're a regular user of their (excellent!) service, then the pro lab at Team Framkallning near Mariatorget will generally give a discount on regular repeat orders. Obviously I can't promise this on their behalf, but not only do you get excellent developing, you build a relationship with a local company, and support their really great film service.

Veikko (the owner) has been expanding the last few years as film-use continues ramping-up - and employs several other people now. So altogether a win-win situation for everyone. They also do mail-order. It may not be as cheap as Fotoimpex at first sight, but after a while you'll see the added benefit and probably a better deal financially in the end.

PS: even though I'm generally against regressive taxes like VAT, don't forget taxes in general are a benefit to the societies we live in! So sometimes worth swallowing the extra cost in order to have someone who mends your leg when you slip on the icy sidewalks. 😬

 

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vor einer Stunde schrieb Patrik:

... will have to pay German VAT which is 20%, ...

German VAT is 19% (was 16% from June 2020 to December 2020 to boost sales, but has now returned to the former 19%).

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1 hour ago, plasticman said:

If you're in Stockholm - if you're a regular user of their (excellent!) service, then the pro lab at Team Framkallning near Mariatorget will generally give a discount on regular repeat orders. Obviously I can't promise this on their behalf, but not only do you get excellent developing, you build a relationship with a local company, and support their really great film service.

Veikko (the owner) has been expanding the last few years as film-use continues ramping-up - and employs several other people now. So altogether a win-win situation for everyone. They also do mail-order. It may not be as cheap as Fotoimpex at first sight, but after a while you'll see the added benefit and probably a better deal financially in the end.

PS: even though I'm generally against regressive taxes like VAT, don't forget taxes in general are a benefit to the societies we live in! So sometimes worth swallowing the extra cost in order to have someone who mends your leg when you slip on the icy sidewalks. 😬

 

Many Thanks! I am closer to Europe...😉 So Mattssons Foto in Lund is usually my closest dealer, fair develop cost of the Films I plan to use. Will have a look at Team Framkallning as well, but with mail-order always difficult to establish good contact as you say. I have searched costs of buying film and Scandinavian Photo seems to have the best deals.

So please let me know of others, as I always like to buy from local smaller firms. Was a good customer of Schönherrs close to Odenplan back in the days.

Stort Tack!

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1 hour ago, wizard said:

German VAT is 19% (was 16% from June 2020 to December 2020 to boost sales, but has now returned to the former 19%).

Even better! But comparing prices with my Swedish ones with 25% VAT, pretty much the same...

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1 hour ago, Ko.Fe. said:

BH in USA. But they might be short on the stock. I went instore once and purchased all stock of Ultramax 400. Which was ... 28 rolls.

With "quality" of emulsion, next to non labs with technicians who ain't hipsters... results are far from it used to be.

I'm not finding it to be worth of the price. Even with my knowledge of inhome processing of C-41, ECN-2 and E6. 

I'm have dozen or so of Kodak Gold and our daughter is using it at the rate of ... two rolls per year. I think it is optimal amount for color film of these days.

For BW I see zero reason to overpay for greedy Alaris or how this company holding stock of film Kodak is called. Any common non Kodak emulsion is good as long as it is not Foma :). 

Was in the B&H store when in NY 2 yrs ago, stupidly only bought a battery for my Q. The sales guy asked if I was sure that was the only thing I was after, learned that the hard way...

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1 hour ago, Ouroboros said:

Analogue Wonderland have 36 exp Tri-X on offer at £7.50, limited to 6 rolls per person.  
 

I mainly buy film from Analogue or Parallax depending on the cost.  Usually it’s Ektar, Porta 400, Tri-X, TMax 100 & 400 and Acros iii in 120 and 35mm.

I always preferred Ilford Delta 100 & 400 to TMax but I’ve recently had the widely reported annoying problems with backing paper fogging, on 120 film, so I won’t be using Ilford again after my current stock is finished until they’ve sorted the problem out. 

 

Was hoping UK prices would have been better, very close to the Swedish ones.

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