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minh0204
22-Sep-2017, 16:13
I am looking to get into large format shooting, but I have noticed that there's a huge discrepancy between the price of 4x5 films in the UK vs US. For example, as of Sept 2017, 20-sheet Provia is about 100 vs $75. Portra 400 is 52 vs $43. Even Ilford Delta 100 (my favorite 35mm film) goes for ~45 vs $40 for a pack of 25. Where do British photographers get their sheet films fix without paying through the nose?

MultiFormat Shooter
22-Sep-2017, 16:48
I'm not from the UK, but have you looked at B&H (https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Sheet-Film/ci/335/N/4093113314)? They'll ship internationally, but I don't know if the cost of international shipping would "put you back where you started," price-wise.

AtlantaTerry
22-Sep-2017, 22:30
I am looking to get into large format shooting, but I have noticed that there's a huge discrepancy between the price of 4x5 films in the UK vs US. For example, as of Sept 2017, 20-sheet Provia is about 100 vs $75. Portra 400 is 52 vs $43. Even Ilford Delta 100 (my favorite 35mm film) goes for ~45 vs $40 for a pack of 25. Where do British photographers get their sheet films fix without paying through the nose?

Is not the price difference due to VAT being included? Don't forget that here in the US, an in-store purchase will have local and state sales taxes added which could be as much as 10%. If one does a mail order purchase, you not only pay for shipping but you also owe sales taxes - local and state if they were not collected as part of the sale.

Since you live in the UK, why not use Ilford films? They are high quality products.

BTW, I buy 4x5" B&W Shanghai film from eBay sellers and find it to be well made and reliable to use. Would UK Customs add VAT before you can accept the shipment?

One caveat: Shanghai B&W sheet film needs a LOT of reciprocity correction for exposures longer than 1 second. I'm not sure about Ilford B&W sheet film's reciprocity correction needed.

crimbo
23-Sep-2017, 00:19
I trawl EBay for Foma films

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alexmuir
23-Sep-2017, 01:56
I also look at UK eBay as you tend to find deals from suppliers you may not be aware of. Foma and Rollei films are quite cheap. Be careful with Foma pricing as some sellers quote a price for 25 sheets that is close to the price others offer for 50. Look for free postage. You can usually get HP5 and FP4 for about 40 incl p&p. I like Delta too, but in 4x5 you might as well use a faster film like HP5, as the quality is superb. Unfortunately, the Delta 400 isn't made in 4x5.
Alex


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IanBarber
23-Sep-2017, 01:56
I am in the UK and mainly use the Foma Film which I buy from SilverPrint

minh0204
23-Sep-2017, 02:14
I am aware of Sales tax applied to all B&H sales, even then the price still doesn't make sense. What confuses me the most is, Ilford film is made in the UK yet UK price is 10-15% more expensive before any currency conversion. Maybe US distributors are much better negotiators so they can get bulk Ilford cheaper from UK ones? Just my guess.

minh0204
23-Sep-2017, 02:16
I am in the UK and mainly use the Foma Film which I buy from SilverPrint

Do you shoot colour as well? Looks like I'm limited to B&W for now given my budget.

Barry Wilkinson
23-Sep-2017, 02:28
The price difference has been like this for years, in fact three years ago it was almost twice the US cost in the UK. I guess the US distributer has negotiated a good deal?

Barry

dave_whatever
23-Sep-2017, 04:55
Basically Ilford has to price heir film very aggressively in the US to compete with the patriotic US kodak market. Fuji price their slide film extortionately because they seem desperate to kill demand and hence an excuse to discontinue it. As for the rest of the difference, blame the Brexit exchange rate.

barnacle
26-Sep-2017, 13:39
When I was in and out of New York for work, fifteen years back, I used to buy Ilford film at B&H for about half the price I could get it in the UK. These days I make a lot of visits to the family in Berlin, so it's FotoImpex for me for Adox and Foma. In the UK, Silverprint and AG-photographic both supply 4x5 sheet at not too hideous prices (e.g. AG have Adox CHS-II at 38 quid while FotoImpex have it at 29 Euros).

Neil

mpirie
27-Sep-2017, 02:22
+1 for AG Photographic.

BennehBoy
27-Sep-2017, 03:50
I typically buy expired colour film from the US.

So far I've not had any duds, but I'm getting a bit more adventurous so that may change - latest pick up was a 50 box of Vericolor III, 1999 expiration for ~ $90 USD including shipping.

My workflow is to scan, so fingers crossed I can make any required corrections. I also develop myself so can do a test sheet and adjust accordingly.

Martin Aislabie
27-Sep-2017, 09:12
I buy HP5 5x4 from the Imaging Warehouse - https://www.theimagingwarehouse.com/ProductGrp/Ilford-HP5-400

There is no point tormenting yourself you can buy film cheaper in the USA than in the UK - because when you include all the shipping costs and taxes - then its all about the same price.

Foma and other manufacturers are cheaper than Ilford if the cost is prohibitive

Martin

B.S.Kumar
27-Sep-2017, 16:19
Please let me know if you'd like to buy Fuji film.

Kumar