Getting Back Into the Dark Room: Part 4 - On Buying Film and Adventures With Web Shops

It is about a month ago that I ordered some sheet film and processing chemicals with De Dokawinkel from Veghel in The Netherlands. I expected it to be a matter of days before the postman would deliver the box with all things needed to get started with calibrating my workflow. However, it proved to be a completely different story. Although I paid immediately, nothing was delivered, they are not answering email, and they even do not answer the phone -- I have tried about a dozen times. Searches on the web indicate that more people have suffered from this pattern. These are all signs that it is not a trustworthy shop. The legal period in which they have to deliver closes tomorrow. After that, I can engage in legal procedures to get my money back.

But anyway, this little mishap should not lead me away from getting back into the dark room. After some searches for shops that have Kodak TMAX 400 4x5 sheet film and Kodak XTOL developer in stock, and subsequently verifying references on the web shop itself, I decided last Saturday to place the same order with the FotoFilmFabriek. Within one working day the package was on its way, and it was delivered today (the day after). This is the kind of the service I was hoping for, so my compliments to the people behind the FotoFilmFabriek.

As a consequence I have no excuses left to load and expose some film. Let's get some work done.

Photo below: The delivery with: Kodak T-Max 400 4x5, Kodak XTOL, Adolux Adofix, Adolux Adostop and Adolux Adoflo.

The delivery with: Kodak T-Max 400 4x5, Kodak XTOL, Adolux Adofix, Adolux Adostop and Adolux Adoflo.

The delivery with: Kodak T-Max 400 4x5, Kodak XTOL, Adolux Adofix, Adolux Adostop and Adolux Adoflo.