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04-11-2011, 10:26 PM   #1
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Intercontinental Film Trafficing

Tonight I did something that I have considered doing for some time. I placed an order with macodirect.de for Rollei Retro 80s direct from Germany. I experimented a bit with RR 80s about a year ago and got pretty decent results. Unfortunately Freestyle wants $60 for 80s in bulk and at $5.00 a roll for single 35mm rolls and $7.00 for 120, my enthusiasm was dampened somewhat.

About the same time I became aware that Maco/Mahn sold direct through their Web site in Germany and that the prices for some items are quite competitive even when shipping and VAT is factored in. So tonight, I took the plunge. $105 USD (including express airmail shipping) gets me 100' of RR 80s and two 5-pack of RR 80s in 120. That works out to less than $2.20 per roll for the 35mm and less than $5.00 per roll for the 120.




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(...now looking to pick up a second Watson loader...)

P.S. I have no relationship to Maco/Mahn, business or otherwise...


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I love the 80s too
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LONG LIVE FILM!!!!!!
Sounds like a great deal.
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LONG LIVE FILM!!!!!!
Sounds like a great deal.
We will see. With any luck the pass through the postal service x-ray machines will be brief! There is also the issue of customs duty. I neglected to look up what duty is for film products coming into the U.S. from the E.U. (Fingers crossed on that one.) I will update the crew here at PF as to how the process worked. It will be good to have a few alternatives world-wide rather than routinely pointing users to Freestyle.


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I love the 80s too
It is an interesting material. What I like is that it is a "super pan" film with decreased blue and increased red sensitivity...great for landscape here in the hazy Pacific Northwest and also for skin tones. The fine grain doesn't hurt either.

Did I mention that the negatives are FLAT?


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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote

About the same time I became aware that Maco/Mahn sold direct through their Web site in Germany and that the prices for some items are quite competitive even when shipping and VAT is factored in.
I didn't think VAT was paid on products being sold to other countries. Customs duties yes, but I don't think you'll have to pay a VAT.
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I didn't think VAT was paid on products being sold to other countries. Customs duties yes, but I don't think you'll have to pay a VAT.
You are correct. I had asked them about the VAT before I posted last night and got a response this morning indicating that the Web site prices are pre-VAT. The price description on the Web site says otherwise, but I figure it is a quirk of translation.


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We will see. With any luck the pass through the postal service x-ray machines will be brief! ...

Steve
Unless something goes badly wrong, I'm sure you should be fine regarding the x-rays. I have ordered film internationally a few times now and never had a single problem with x-rays.

My worst use case so far:
A while back I bought some Tri-X from the USA. So it would have been scanned in entry to Oz at least once. I then travelled international with the film in hand luggage, must of been scanned 6 times then. Eventually I exposed and developed the roll at 1600 and there were no issues with fog at all.

With the low sensitivity of this film, I think the risk is lowered somewhat. Saying that, I will be travelling with film on the weekend and I'm a little nervous about it still.

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IDid I mention that the negatives are FLAT?
All film makers should hear you Clear AND flat !
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Flat? Now I'm interested in trying it. I've been known to leave neg strips in a heavy book for weeks trying to get it flat....
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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
We will see. With any luck the pass through the postal service x-ray machines will be brief! There is also the issue of customs duty. I neglected to look up what duty is for film products coming into the U.S. from the E.U. (Fingers crossed on that one.) I will update the crew here at PF as to how the process worked. It will be good to have a few alternatives world-wide rather than routinely pointing users to Freestyle.


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This is another place I tried in England, shipping was quick as well. There is a minimum international order of 100 for us folks.

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This is another place I tried in England, shipping was quick as well. There is a minimum international order of 100 for us folks.

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Ouch! 100 minimum order?


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Ouch! 100 minimum order?


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Yeah the minimum order of a 100 was a bit of a shock, but I ordered over 20 rolls of 35mm film and easily exceded that amount.

I also didn’t have much of a choice either, as they were the only place I could find that had the recently discontinued Fomapan R 100 b&w reversal film in stock.

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Just an update...great experience with macodirect.de. I placed my order on 11 April, they shipped on 14 April(?), and it was received in good condition on 21 April. Looks like a good way to gain access to certain products that are either unavailable or sold at inflated prices in N. America. (Assuming, of course, that you are willing to swallow the 41.50EUR minimum order!)


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Hey Steve,

How is the contrast with 80S in 135 and 120? Have you tried it with a two baths developer like Diafine?

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