First Time Hoarder....

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  1. RattyMouse

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    After returning to film for the past year, I am finally hoarding a film that is going away (Neopan 400). Every time I get near my film shop, I bring home 10 boxes. So far in the last few weeks I have ended up with 40 boxes, all stuffed into the freezer or fridge. I wonder how much longer this film will be easily found in my film shop.

    I'd hoard Provia 400X but that stuff is just insanely expensive and I shoot mostly monochrome.
     
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    I hoard too. The camera shop near where I live doesn't sell much film anymore so I have to buy it on the internet now.

    Jeff
     
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    I may stand corrected but, technically speaking, one is not regarded as a "hoarder" of film/paper until one is forced by either necessity (self-determined) or is instructed by one's significant other to purchase a freezer to "store all that stuff." :whistling:
     
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    Ten to forty boxes is not a hoard; it is a short-term to moderate-term supply. Please try harder!
     
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    This. :smile:
     
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    Oh...um... Just filled one freezer with paper and had to go out and buy a fridge to store the large rolls in - That one is now just about full too (and I've still got film in the domestic freezer).
    Does that make me a hoarder :unsure:
     
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    You are not a true hoarder until you can't count the cats.
     
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    hoarders buy 100 rolls at a time, and ask the dealer for a "Brick of this and A Brick of that"
     
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    I'm up to 50 boxes in storage now. I buy 10 boxes almost every week. So far Neopan 400 is still in supply here in China. I might buy 20 more boxes this weekend.
     
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    RattyMouse, how many rolls of film in each box? This sounds like a LOT of film ! :smile:

    I got a box of 100 rolls one time about 20 years ago. I think it was called a Pro-Pack.

    I couldn't use it all and gave a lot of it away. Now I wish I had frozen it.
     
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    You are not hoarding; you are keeping the disappearing films from the hoarder.
     
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    you'll be a hoader if you start buying something else and do nothing with the existing stuff!
     
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    Just individual rolls. I have 60 rolls of Neopan 400 and am thinking of buying 100 more this weekend. Supplies might dry up soon and I dont want to be too casual about this. I might buy cases from the store and take a cab home.
     
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    Now you are starting to sound like a hoarder.
     
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    100 rolls of film is not that heavy. I bought 160 rolls last time, it all fit in an ordinary plastic shopping bag.

    And since I bought 100 rolls of something it seems I'm a hoarder. :smile:
     
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    Go buy a dorm-sized freezer just to hold film. Go down to the shop ask them how much Neopan 400 they have left. Buy it all. Then buy all the b&w film you can find to fill up the the rest of the freezer. Stack bags and boxes of additional b&w film on top of the freezer. Only then are you a hoarder.
     
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    My wife is threatening to start lining the litter box with my bulk rolls of film. Our freezer is so full of film there is no room for meat.
     
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    Meat is overrated
     
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    Remind your wife that you'll be able to buy any kind of steak you want fresh in 5 years. Not the case with some of the films mentioned.
     
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    Not a problem for us vegetarians! :laugh:
     
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    And it spoils far faster in a freezer than film does:whistling:
     
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    Guess I'm not a hoarder either. I've got all my film in a regular (large) refrigerator. It is pretty full though and I'm buying more.
     
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    Good thinking, buy up, store, freeze, buy more, rotate out the oldest stock as you go, then you have a buffer.

    Well, I am a hoarder for sure, since I seemingly
    - Bought a new freezer to hold film only, because I didn't have any space left for food in my regular one.
    - Have "everything" in there.
    - Buy 30 rolls of something "and a cuple of 5-packs of this and a 5-pack of that, while on a roll"

    :smile:

    But since I've been hoarding, I do have
    - 60 Rolls of Neopan 400 in 35mm
    - 50 Rolls of Neopan 400 in 120 :wink:
    - 20-30 rolls of ADOX/EFKE 25 and 50 ISO in 120 and the same in 35mm
    - 40 rolls of Kodak Plus-X in 120, 40 more in 35mm
    - 5-6 rolls of EFKE IR AURA in 120 and 3-4 in 35mm (Don't really like it in 35mm), bought mainly for testing purposes.

    And that's just the "special stuff".
    Since I shoot mostly Acros, I have a standing buffer of about 50 rolls, buying more, rotating out the older stuff.
    A bunch of Velvia 50 in 120 secured.
    40 Rolls of Tri-X in 120 and 35mm (I don't trust Kodak at all)

    And that "bunch of other stuff" too, everything from microfilm to C-41 stuff 100 and 400 ISO's, Slide-films, Foma films, Rollei films, bulk-films of various kind and some Ilford films as well.

    I don't shoot very much, so 40 rolls of something for me, is several (2-3 years) years worth of film, so buying up 20-30 rolls is definitely hoarding.
    Totaling around 250'ish rolls in each format (35mm, 120) will keep me going for a good while, should things change.

    What else is there to do with the money, when you don't have ugly kids to feed and don't have a cranky wife that controls your economy? :D
     
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    I've been considering jumping the fence. Then I can really take it over... :whistling:
     
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    The novelty of returning to film and developing my own triggered a bit of absurd "cacheing" for me last year. I've nearly caught myself doing so with Neopan 400 recently, but have headed it off.

    As a result, I've ended up with a 'fridge full of assorted discontinued (or about to be) film, none of which I use regularly (because I "don't want to use it up for nothing" - also absurd); I'm not an entrenched "you must only ever use one film and one developer" sort of person, but on the other hand, it seems a bit pointless to perfect my EI and developing technique on 10 rolls of a film I'll never be able to buy again.

    I expect I could make a (small) profit on eBay from flogging off the Efke and whatnot (it is after all "rare lomo" :D) and buy paper to print on instead ...