List of film photography resources

When I was first getting back into film photography, it was difficult to figure out where to find gear and where to get repairs done when needed. With brick-and-mortar retailing under threat from e-commerce for years, and repairing complex mechanical gear like film cameras seeming to become a lost art, it can be tough (even with Google at-hand) to track down what you need. That was the inspiration for the list that follows.

This list is a work-in-progress — a living document, and one that I’m happy to get feedback and suggestions on. If you have additions, you find errors, or want to provide other types of input, please e-mail me. My address is the name of this blog, @gmail.com. Listings are in alphabetical order.

NOTE: Products and services provided may be much more extensive than I’ve listed. I show only categories I’m aware of, and only those that pertain to film photography. Many of these stores also carry digital, etc.

Adorama
New York, New York • adorama.com • 212-741-0052
Provides: Used Gear, Film Sales, Darkroom Supplies, Accessories
Another large e-commerce player. Bought one used item here; was graded accurately. NOTE: Used gear is not available in-store — only online.

B&H Photo and Video
New York, New York • bhphotovideo.com • 800-606-6969
Provides: Used Gear, Film Sales, Darkroom Supplies, Accessories
One of the biggest e-commerce players in photography in the USA, they deal in used gear. I’ve bought several items used here with good success; prices seem a bit higher than average, but the grading is accurate. Used gear is available in-store for examination before buying. Amazing selection of film stocks; one of the best, actually.

Bergen County Camera
Westwood, New Jersey • bergencountycamera.com • 201-664-4113
Provides: Used Gear, Film Sales, Accessories
I’ve bought two cameras from Bergen, and it was a great experience both times. Inventory available online. Will ship. Specializes in Leica.

Bill Rogers
Las Vegas, Nevada • billrogers.com • 702-382-8736
Provides: Repair, Parts
I found Bill by accident online, and he was able to provide a very rare part for one of my Mamiya TLRs. He also repairs them — along with other cameras — and has a range of parts he’s happy to sell to other repair techs, or to the public, which is awesome. Very responsive and knowledgable.

Calagaz Photo (eBay: calagazphoto)
Mobile, AL • calagaz.com • 251-478-0487
Provides: Used Gear
My one interaction with Calagaz was via eBay. I needed a rare part for my Pentax 645, and I contacted them about an expired auction for a “for parts” 645. In the end, they were willing to extract and sell me the one part I was after for a great price, so they sort of saved the day. I’d likely buy from them again.

Camera Exchange (eBay: tecsales)
Waterford, MI • cameraexc.com • 947-222-8135
Provides: Used Gear
I’ve bought two things from Camera Exchange, both via eBay, with mixed results. The first was a Mamiya 645 Super film back. While in good condition, it was above market price, and arrived smelling strongly of womens’ perfume. While it faded (somewhat) in the back itself, the case and film back cover are now both in the trash because nothing would remove the terrible smell. (In their defense, I did not attempt to return the item; in retrospect, I should have.) But the other experience was amazing, my Mamiya C220. The camera was as shown, complete with boxes, manuals, caps — everything, 100% complete. The camera was in mint condition, better than advertised, and I felt was a great value. The lens shutter tested dead-on with shutter times. So, all good in the end, and I’d buy from them again.

Cameraworks
Colorado Springs, Colorado • No Web Site • 719-594-6966
Provides: Used Gear, Repair, Film Sales, Film Processing, Darkroom Supplies, Accessories
Probably the best selection of used film gear in Colorado. They have no web site, only a Facebook presence, and as a result, it’s a drop-in, local customer situation. But if you’re in the area, it’s worth a visit. Bought several cameras here with great success. They repaired two Mamiya C-Series lenses for me with quick turn and quality work. Basic variety of film stocks. Check return policy. 

The Darkroom
San Clemente, California • thedarkroom.com • No Phone Calls
Provides: Film Processing
The Darkroom processes pretty much anything still film photography related, including discontinued formats in many cases, and loves processing found film. My biggest issue with The Darkroom is that of the limited number of rolls I’ve had them process, two of them had poor scans; one with strange patterns along the length of the strip, and one with poor gate registration — one of which they fixed, one which they did not. At this point, I’m likely to use them only for unusual film stocks my local lab doesn’t know how to process properly.

David Odess
Randolph, Massachusetts • david-odess.com • 781-963-1166
Provides: Repair, Film Gear
Specializes in Hasselblad repairs. Also has a very handle FAQ on his web site that’s useful if you’re a Hasselblad user — or potential buyer. Has a limited range of Hassy gear too.

Denver Pro Photo
Littleton, Colorado • denverprophoto.com • 303-698-1790
Provides: Film Sales, Film Processing, Darkroom Supplies, Accessories
With the best selection of in-stock darkroom supplies and chemicals in Colorado, DPP also has a great selection of cases and other accessories. I’ve not used their processing services; they’re a bit higher-priced than market in my view. But great staff with great film knowledge.

Dwayne’s Photo
Parsons, Kansas • dwaynesphoto.com • 620-421-3940
Provides: Film Processing
As near as I can tell, if it’s film, Dwayne’s will process it. They were the last lab in the world who could process Kodachrome (of course, that was ended years ago), but today, they do it all, including motion picture films. Prices seem competitive for online labs.

Englewood Camera
Englewood (Denver), Colorado • englewoodcamera.com • 303-797-0700
Provides: Used Gear, Film Sales, Film Processing, Darkroom Supplies, Accessories
The last truly indie camera store in Denver that has anything to do with film photography. Used gear is not listed online; best for local customers. Processes B&W and C-41. Nice selection of film stocks. Check return policy.

Film Photography Project (FPP) Store
Fair Lawn, New Jersey • filmphotographystore.com • No Phone Calls
Provides: Film Sales, Darkroom Supplies
The FPP is of course the popular podcast of Mike Raso and his band of regulars, and the team has an online store stocked with lots of interesting goodies. Along with retail films, the FPP does 620 re-rolls, converts cinema and speciality films for still photography use, stumbles upon the occasional cache of oddball films they offer-up, sells their own darkroom chemistry line, and more.

KEH
Atlanta, Georgia • keh.com • 770-333-4200
Provides: Used Gear, Film Sales, Repair
Arguably the single largest player in used gear e-commerce, KEH sells a wide range of film and digital cameras, lenses, and more. I’ve made several purchases from KEH (I review them here), and have been satisfied with the grading and experience. NOTE: Images on their web site are representative — not the actual product you’re buying. Liberal return policy. They’ve been very good accepting returns of non-working items, including paying the return shipping. Prices seem to often be somewhat high compared to average.

National Camera Exchange
Minneapolis, Minnesota • natcam.com • 800-624-8107
Provides: Used Gear
Another e-commerce used gear site. I’ve made one purchase here of three items, and was satisfied for the most part. One of the items, a Mamiya 645 film back, was broken. While they did do a no-hassle return, unlike KEH, or B&H, they did not send a prepaid shipping label; I paid the return shipping ($11) which was promised to be reimbursed but wasn’t. Prices also seem on the very high-end in some instances.

The Slide Printer (Denver Digital Imaging)
Denver, Colorado • theslideprinter.com • 303-698-2962
Provides: Film Processing
Specialized in E-6 processing, running two batches each business day, and offering same-day turnaround depending on drop-off time. Also processes B&W and C-41.

Used Photo Pro (Roberts Camera)
Indianapolis, Indiana • usedphotopro.com • 800-726-5544
Provides: Used Gear
Another e-commerce provider of used gear. I’ve made some purchases from Roberts / UPP, and have been pleased with the experience. Photos are of the actual gear you’re buying, which is a nice plus.