Ctome on Shipping & Handling

art as a line item. Good for the small survivor shop. Rules to keep away the rabble while you continue to dabble.

Sometimes we post the reasons you shouldn’t do business with us. With these rules, we define our expectation — probably based upon a past dealing that failed. With these rules you eliminate future action. Why?

Perhaps because you are so “booked” that you can’t do the work. So booked, but unable, unwilling to expand your business, either with people or process. Seems like something that someone in their late ages should have solved in some way other than blocking the doorway.

Likely, this person has encountered lower interest prospects — time wasters, as it turns out. Time wasted because they don’t actually see your value. Why is that? What is it that you can’t present?

Today on the Johns site, ctome expands about custom printing – a major component is in the back room grit of shipping and handling. It is another extended sales piece — “It will be good, because, well, as I’ve said many times before: I am good.”

ctome on shipping
an exegesis on the shipping and handling factor of making art for the sale
done in[deep meaning] (parentheticals) {hiding the smell of old man stale humor}

\\\Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness/// 

Cost of Emulsion Printing/ 2022

Dated, just because, not because I will update this post. This was an impulse topic that has expanded to because of a recent youtube viewing.

Simple facts: assume you shoot 4×5 B&W film, and make 16×20 prints. What is one pass thru the process cost, excluding chemicals. Yep, a big exclusion. You can add your own chemical costs, right?

I used big search, two online stores were used; I just wrote the lowest and highest prices:

  • Film (4×5): 25 sheet at $1.60 per sheet. 100 sheet at $2.00 per sheet.
  • Paper RC (16×20): 10 sheet RC at $4.90 per sheet. 50 sheet RC at $5.60 per sheet
  • Paper FB (16×20): 10 sheet FB at $6.00 per sheet. 50 sheet FB at $7.00 per sheet

What surprised me was the quantity pricing; it isn’t cheaper buying more. That is because we see different brands offering different sizes. High quantity brands are also the more expensive brands.


Youtube. A source for much information. One person has matured greatly in their presentation – not so much in caliber or skill, but in information quality. They are polished, and have been for years. That’s why they have large following. Look and voice.

The following video seems remarkably useful. It is about film from a moderate technical vantage point. It should be, she is a spouse of Mirko (of Fotoimpex/Adox.)

Film Grain Types

Not my preference in demeanor, but it gets you there.


Additional notes: toward enlarged negatives

*first stage film:
-- delta 100 $215/ 100, fp4 $211/100
*second stage:
ULF, 
ortho+ $190/25 (8x10) or special order. limited options of time / sizes

ULF; ilford, fp4
OR Bergger
11x14 198 euro / 25
50.8cm x 10M euro 354
20" x 33'

ULF fp4 12x20 $559/25

2022 vendors(US):

--Badger Graphic Sales,
1225 Delanglade St.
Kaukana, WI 54130
Phone: 920-766-9332
Email: info@badgergraphic.com Web: www.badgergraphic.com
--Blue Moon Camera and Machine 8417 North Lombard Street Portland, Oregon 97203
Phone: 503.978.0333
Web: www.bluemooncamera.com
--Fotocare
41 W. 22nd. St.
New York, NY 10011 Phone: 212-741-2990 Web: www.fotocare.com
--Freestyle Photo & Imaging Supplies 12231 Florence Ave.
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Phone: 800-292-6137
Email: info@freestylephoto.biz Web: www.freestylephoto.biz
--Glass Key Photo
1230 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94109 Phone: 415-829-9946
Web: www.glasskeyphoto.com

--Hunt's Photo & Video
100 Main Street,
Melrose, MA 02176
Phone: 800-221-1830
Web: www.huntsphotoandvideo.com
--Central Camera
230 S Wabash Ave.,
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 312-427-5580
Email: don@centralcamera.com Web: www.centralcamera.com
--Don’s Used Photo Equipment 2731 Irving Blvd,
Dallas, TX 75207
Phone: 214-630-4062
Web: www.donsphotoequipment.com txtoga@mac.com
Facebook: Don’s Used Photo Equipment
--Midwest Photo
2887 Silver Drive, Columbus, OH 43211 Phone: 866-940-3686 Web: www.mpex.com
--The View Camera Store
9698 N 130th Street Scottsdale, Arizona 85259 USA Tel: (480) 767-7105 www.viewcamerastore.com