What's the most film you ever shot in one day?

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  1. RattyMouse

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    What is your highest one day consumption of film? 5 rolls? 50 rolls? 500 rolls??!!!!
     
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    BAck when I used 35mm about 50 rolls a day on occasions, with 120 20-30, with 5x4 a 20 images.

    Ian
     
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    When I did weddings I would regularly shoot between 20 and 25 rolls of 120/220.

    Jonathan
     
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    Eighty Eight rolls 120 and 35mm, between my partner and I at a wedding in Austraia, 8 am to 1 am the next day. I would have made my target goal of 100 rolls if I didn't have 3 out of 4 cameras poop out for various reasons. And you know, I distinctly recalled as I walked out the door that day thinking " I wonder if I should bring the F3P "Just In Case".
     
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    About 5 rolls of 120 (6x7, so ~50 frames) while on holiday. I don't shoot film commercially though; my frame record is 1100/day shooting a wedding (8 hours) on digital.
     
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    A full day of bird photography for me is around 10-12 rolls of 35mm, and by birding standards, that's fairly modest.

    A fairly intensive day of 4x5" could involve 4 Grafmatics, or 24 sheets, most likely shooting street style.

    Once in a while a dozen or so sheets of 8x10".
     
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    For general image making times, 20 or so sheets of 4x5 and 5 120 rolls + or -
    For paid work, 20-30 rolls and/or dozens of 4x5 sheets.
     
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    i think it was 50 sheets of 4x5 film for a job
    and i went back the next day and shot another 40-50 sheets
    for about 5 days ... ( documenting a quarry ) and for about 3 days ( documenting a mill )
    and about 5 days ( documenting a machine tool company )

    for roll film ... 7 or 8 ( maybe more? ) rolls of 120 just wandering around
     
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    Usually about 10 rolls of 120 but I feel like that's my leftover habit from dig**al. I think I'm just shooting blindly and not slowing down, which was one of the reasons I wanted to get back to analog. So I have added LF to my equipment and that helped me down significantly. I am a lot more selective about what I shoot and how and attempt to control my "fire at will" urge. FWIW, I shoot mostly landscape stuff and not professionally. So the amount of shots I get isn't as critical for my purposes. It's more about quality and not quantity for where I am right now.
     
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    I wasn't the shooter (gaffer) but we used nearly 200 sheets of 4x5 on a lexus IS250 shoot. The photographer said that wasn't out of the ordinary.
     

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    9 rolls of 120
     
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    Second unit on Chupacabra Terror for the SciFi Channel on some days about 10,000 feet. That's around 3000 rolls. My personal final tally on the show was around 90,000 feet.

    On some other shows the tally was much higher, but those had a and b cameras, so although they both were under my direction I had operators except when I chose to shoot with one or the other.
     
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    Photography is not a contest to see who shoots the most rolls/sheets in q day. What matters is how many good images one gets.
     
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    I agree. What's the most you have shot in a day?
     
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    I am happy to get a handful of good images from a day's shooting.
     
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    About 200 6x6 negatives at a wedding.

    Distributed between 120 and 220 rolls - I can't remember how many of each, but most likely it would have been on one of the versions of Vericolour.

    I seem to recall that it was a lot of work adding labels to all the proofs, and marking the file and roll numbers on the rebate on each of the negatives with a technical pen .
     
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    Since all of my still shooting is personal and on my dime, it's pretty modest. I think the most is in the realm of 8 rolls of 120 or a dozen sheets of 4x5.

    Professionally, I loaded film for a concert video one time. There were 9 cameras running and either 2 or 3 loaders. I, myself, loaded something like 80,000 feet of film that day. I assume the other loaders did similarly.
     
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    38 rolls of 35mm on a ski endurance race that went for 24 hours....mucho tired after than one. I am fairly picky now, I shoot anywhere from 2-30 exposures of 35mm, 120 or 4x5 per day on average, mostly 120, very little 35mm anymore...
     
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    In 1974 at Elkart Lake race track I spooled and shot a 100 ft. roll of Tri-X. That was about 1400 shots on a couple of Olympus Pen F half frame cameras. Now I'm too broke to go through much film in one day. My average B&W film consumption per year has been about 40 roll of 35mm, 10 rolls of 120, and 20 rolls of 16mm (spooled from Eastman Double-X into Minolta cartridges) for my Minolta 16II.
     
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    I don't shoot much film on a single day. Maybe 2 rolls of 120 or 2 short rolls of 35mm on a good day.

    Jeff
     
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    In general a roll lasts me for several days or even weeks. However when I go somewhere special --like a trip to London, I shoot lots and lots of film.

    London -- approx 25 rolls in 5 days

    Big Bend National Park -- 20 rolls 35mm in 4 days plus 8 rolls 120.
     
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    It depends for me, a slow week only a roll or two if work is busy, or if the weather isn't too nice. When it's nice out a handful of rolls a day is average of 35mm and 120. On vacation Ive burned through double of that on some days. The last vacation I shot something like 50-60 rolls of 35mm, and 70 so rolls of 120 in about a month.
     
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    Well, I exposed 75 sheets of 4x5 during 6 months of traveling to photograph in New Zealand...I do not think I have ever exposed more than 10 to 12 sheets of film in a day of photographing anywhere.
     
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    Road America......beautiful race track.
     
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    Ahhh, something where I can (almost) be a contender, outside of tech/process questions... As a kid, I spent a few years doing hi-volume department-store portraits. We shot long-roll 70mm film, Kodak CPS (pro color neg), back when quality was important.

    My very heaviest shooting days occasionally ran into a 3rd 100-foot roll of 70mm film. So perhaps a bit over 200 feet of film (the first magazine was always a partial roll). For "equivalent rolls," let me see...we shot it as "split 70," where the frame is rotated in the manner of half-frame 35mm. I'm thinking perhaps 660 shots/roll. The negs were about the size of a 645 on 120 roll-film. So, equivalent would be roughly 80 rolls of 120 film.

    Knowing what a long, hard day this was, I'm kind of astounded at the people doing 50 rolls (and up) using hand cameras; I hope they had motor drives. (Mine was a purpose-built long-roll portrait camera, on a spring-counterbalanced tripod with casters.)