Thursday, March 1, 2012

My quest to find 620 film spools for you...

A couple of customers have sent in 620 film to us here at that had what appeared to be brand new plastic 620 spools in them. They really made me do a double take... so, I sent e-mails to both customers and one really didn't seem to know, but the other pointed me to B&H Photo where she had bought her 620 film. I went to B&H's website, but only found 620 film - no spools. But wait! There's a chat feature! How handy!

This is a transcript of my conversation:

You have been connected to Christina S. 
Christina S: Hello Jake. My name is Christina, and I will be glad to assist you. Please give me a few moments to begin working on your inquiry. 
Jake: Hi. 
Jake: I work for and -- we're a mail-order film processing company. 
Jake: One of my customers sent in a roll of 620 film that had a brand new looking plastic 620 spool in it. 
Jake: I asked and they said they bought the film from you. 
Christina S: We do carry a couple 620 film stocks, though I'm not finding any 620 spools in our inventory: 
The agent is sending you to
Jake: Yes. I tried that. I saw the respooled film that you sell as well... 
Jake: Would there be some way to find out where those spools come from? 
Jake: If you guys were to offer them, I'm sure people would buy them. We don't really sell film ourselves, so I'm not looking for us... more for a place to send customers who ask. 
Christina S: Unfortunately, we don't sell them. To the best of my knowledge they aren't be made any more, so the used market would be your best bet for this. 
Jake: Exactly what I thought... but these plastic spools are confounding. The old spools one finds are metal. 
Jake: Not a big deal. Thank you for looking. 
Christina S: We must have found a random stock. You're Welcome. Thank You for chatting with B&H. Enjoy the rest of your day! 
Your session has ended.

My session and my search have sadly ended... If anyone else sees these around, let us know and we will share!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Last but not least... Analog Ambassador #5!

Melissa Ann Barrett-Desimone!

A bit about Melissa (in her own words):
My name is Melissa Ann Barrett-Desimone born and raised in New Jersey, currently living in Alaska mother of four and wife to a Soldier.  Lover of life and all around chaser of dreams.

Melissa got her first roll from her Holga back in January and posted some pics and thoughts on the fantastic plastic camera in her first blog post as an Analog Ambassador. is an awesome mail-order photo lab that still processes all kinds of film!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Analog Ambassador #4 (much dealyed!)

Sarah Zucker!

A bit about Sarah:
Sarah started shooting film at 15, and has spent the last year all over the United States. After finishing up her MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU and working at the Writers Guild of America, East Foundation in Manhattan, she returned to her hometown of Canton, Ohio to serve as the Interim Curator of the Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography. She is currently based in Los Angeles, where she writes words and takes photos, continuing to wage the battle against the blank page and the empty frame.

If you want to read a bit more about Sarah and see her first roll of cross-processed Velvia here is her first post! (From waaay back in December, sorry guys... we were a bit busy through the holidays.) is an awesome mail-order photo lab that still processes all kinds of film!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Introducing Analog Ambassador #3!

Jennifer Langman!

 Jennifer was one of the five finalists that the jury pushed over to for the public to vote on... and you chose her above the rest. She's your Analog Ambassador!

A bit about Jennifer in her own words: 
"I'm just a girl living in a digital world trying to find her analog roots once again. Creative, daring, and a little weird with an eye for all things photographable - focusing on landscapes, live music and surreal & dreamy concepts. Living & rockin' daily in the great city of Cleveland, Ohio."

 Jennifer has been a photographer for quite a while, but used mostly 35mm and Polaroid before she received her Holga. Her first official Analog Ambassador post is full of great information and some before and after examples of her slight post processing. Check it out! She talks about using curves to correct the contrast in some of her photos, this is quite similar to the adjustments I covered using Levels in a previous blog post. is an awesome mail-order photo lab that still processes all kinds of film!