It is time for a couple of polite reminders that we like to reiterate now and again.⠀
First up. We're not a museum. We hear this a lot and we realize it is meant as a compliment. But we sell cameras for photographers to use, not to become a dusty display piece. Many of the cameras that pass through our doors could easily find a place in a museum, but that would vastly under-utilize them. Despite being 20 or 30 or 80 years old, almost all these cameras still can be used, and should be. We sell them to see the wonderful things you can do with them, and because they are wonderful devices with much life left in them.
The trick with some of these cameras though is that many photographers don't realize that film is still available for them. Even if you have something as common as a 120 camera it is not uncommon to field the question "you can still get film for that?" Well, in many cases the answer is, "yes, you can". 120? Piece of cake. We sell dozens of different 120 films. 4x5? Yup. Same with 5x7 and 8x10. Oh but what about the tricky formats? Say 110? Of course. 127? You bet. We even carry Spy Film for this Minox camera. We convert our own 620 film. We have Super 8 and 16mm. If it is out there, we try to make it work. There are a few we sadly cannot help with like 116, 16mm cartridge still film, 126, APS (though we have some in our expired film bin right now), 828, and Kodak Disc. But we can help you with developing and printing any of these you throw at us, even if we cannot hook you up with an unexposed roll in return. So yes, in most cases, you can still get film for these cameras. Do so. Especially Spy Film, we are particularly proud to offer that one.⠀
But selling cameras is only half our business. We have a full analog, optical print lab running six days a week. It is an integral part of our business. We develop almost anything you got in house: C-41, B&W, E-6, C-22, even small batch ECN-2. We can develop those old Kodak Discs. We process B&W film you shot yesterday or in 1950. Our minilab machines make actual optical prints. Our darkroom does the silver gelatin work.⠀
(To be continued...)