Once a year (or thereabouts) I make a purchase directly from Astrum/Svema to ship to the USA. Its easy and they are very polite and responsive to my requests. The Astrum films are very inexpensive (Average price for a 36 exp. roll of 35mm is $3.50 USD) and perform very well. I am especially fond of Astrum Foto 200. Their Astrum Foto 100 has extended red sensitivity and can make IR-like images when used with an R72 filter.
These films are definitely worth investing in.
If you want contact info for Astrum, message me in private.
What kind of quantities do you have to order when you buy direct?
And do they make anything other than 35mm? I’d love to support them, but I shoot very little 35mm these days.
The "light piping" issue is a bit of concern for me, personally, and it doesn't seem to be readily available in the USA. I was thinking about trying a roll when Film Photography Project stocked it, but it looks like their stock is gone. Kinda hard to try a film when ya can't get it.
For what it is worth and depending on your view of his film tests here is a recent video by Greg Davis on Svema 200. What I thought was key to the longer term buyer interest in Svema is that Greg thought it was no longer produced so when its gone it is gone but the OP states it is still made in Ukraine
Anyway here is the video for those who have no knowledge of it but are interested in possibly getting Svema
That is the same YouTube video linked to in the opening post, yes.
I have had personal correspondence with my contact at Astrum in the past 2 weeks, and he assures me they are still very much active and shipping product worldwide.
I commented to Greg that Astrum is still producing these films and he didn't acknowledge my statement. So, I did what I could, and if people want to cultivate doubts about the source of these films, they're free to do so. Me - I'll just keep sending orders to Astrum and using the films they send me, with enthusiasm.Your evidence is different but we still seem to have doubts being expressed and all I was trying to say is that it doesn't help Svema's future if there is a respected source such as Greg stating what he believes to be the case is that the film is no longer produced
He asked if anyone who knows of evidence to the contrary to enlighten him so maybe the OP and others here who know differently will now enlighten him that Svema is still producing film
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