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    Camera shops in Baltics/Poland?

    My wife and I will soon be on a tour that will visit Tallinn, Vilnius, Riga, Warsaw, and Cracow. As it's a group tour we won't have massive free time, but we'll occasionally have an hour or two to wander on our own. If an interesting camera shop happens to be in the general area our walking route might just coincidentally pass it.

    Are there still any places that sell film? I'll be taking 35mm gear on this trip, just for a change, and should have enough with me, but one never knows.

    Any suggestions?

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    Re: Camera shops in Baltics/Poland?

    My daughter often visits Estonia. They have everything in the cities.

    A quick search found this page. https://www.photopoint.ee/fotokaubad
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    Re: Camera shops in Baltics/Poland?

    Thanks Randy. This seems to be a pretty complete shop including film and chemistry, though I didn't see any used gear. I'll poke around their pages some more though.

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    Although I spend 40 days in Poland couple of years ago ....I'd carry film. However, you might want to try contacting Ilford distribution: biuro@falter.pl
    Hmmm, they may have a clue where to get some film in Warsaw, etc....and perhaps it might lead to other film sales, as well ?

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    Re: Camera shops in Baltics/Poland?

    If you happen to be in Warsaw on Sunday you can go to a flea market at Batory Street 10 (ulica Batorego 10, 00-001 Warszawa) - it's located in the premisses of a student club called Stodoła (Barn) so it's simply also called Stodoła.
    Here a link to google maps: https://www.google.pl/maps/place/Gie...7!4d21.0102669
    Opening hours 10.00-14.00 (10 AM-2 PM) - only Sundays. Very close to the metro (subway). I hope it still works, I haven't been there for seven years. Entrance fee (was) 8 PLN - about 2,5 bucks per person. Last time I was there a lot of second hand stuff (cameras, lenses, shades, flashes, books etc.) plus at least few stands with films (for sure 135 and 120, I don't remember what about 4x5 and larger formats), papers and chemicals.

    As to others sources of film: check this one https://czarno-biale.pl/sklep/224-filmy-fotograficzne (These are on-line prices, on place a bit more. To get it in $ just divide PLN by 3,7). Opening hours : Monday to Friday 10.00-18.00 (on Thursdays to 19.00) And here its location: https://www.google.pl/maps/place/Cza...3!4d20.9949741

    Another one is https://fotoforma.pl/sprzet-fotograficzny/negatywy.html. Opening hours Monday-Friday 10.00-10.00 and Saturdays 10.00-15.00.
    Located here: https://www.google.pl/maps/place/FOT...4!4d20.9980388

    No retailer of new large format cameras and accesories (and generally analog stuff) but as it regards second hand gear you can try these places:
    - https://www.interfoto.eu/ (a little bit strange place because you have to call for an appointment, otherwise you can go inside and look what's on shelves but have to wait for a sale assistant once you want to buy or even ask for anything),
    - https://e-oko.pl/
    - http://www.aparatfoto.com.pl/
    - https://pl-pl.facebook.com/pg/Foto-L...=page_internal (This guy should have some old stuff - if you don't have too much time go there. Anyway your trip will be probably toured somewhere there.).

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    Re: Camera shops in Baltics/Poland?

    And here something about second hand shops in Cracow: https://www.google.pl/search?q=komis...5!2i829!4f13.1

    A hint: instead "second hand camera shop + city name" look for "komis fotograficzny + city name".

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    And this one is in Łódź (Lodz): https://www.fotonegatyw.com/pl/i/Kontakt-do-nas/10 (films, chemicals, papers, darkroom stuff). For sure there was at least one second hand shop on Piotrkowska Street (I was there once) but can't find it now. Google says there is a shop on Kościuszki Street 41 (google maps shows two shops at this address - quite possible it's not a mistake).

    This one is in Gdynia http://www.fotocomplex.pl/ofirmie.html. Second hand stuff, repairs and new materials (filters, films, batteries etc.). Downtown, very close to the seaside boulevard, city beach and Kościuszko Sguare.

    Generally, if need be, 135 color films should be available in many photo shops and studios. Some of them keep also 135 and 120 BW and slides but bigger formats can be found only in specialized shops.

    Useful words while looking for a shop either on the internet or street:
    - zakład fotograficzny, studio fotograficzne, foto studio - a photographic shop (developing, printing, portraits, films, memory cards, batteries - but digital stuff can be easily found in most big shops with electronic devices and at least one of them is in every shopping mall),
    - sklep fotograficzny, foto sklep - as above, but in most cases without portraits and some without analog services,
    - komis fotograficzny, foto komis - photographic second hand shop with mostly used but also new stuff, sometimes including films and chemicals and sometimes repairs and maintenance,
    - zakład naprawy aparatów, serwis fotograficzny, foto serwis - a typical repair shop, sometimes with second hand stuff.

    And about repairs, for those in need in Warsaw - try these guys:
    - Sylwester Gecyngier - a small shop, like four phone boots maybe, I had him repair or service lenses, cassetes (Hasselblad, Kiev), Kiev 88 and Yashica 124 cameras, not bad but in one case repair had to be done again (guarantee, no charge) https://www.google.pl/maps/place/Gec..._BIwCnoECAYQCA
    - http://www.serwisfoto.com.pl/ - I never had them do anything for me, just talked once to the guy, seemed reasonable,
    - also this guy makes some repairs https://pl-pl.facebook.com/pg/Foto-L...=page_internal

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