I don't shoot a lot of film but this is pretty much my point too. I can afford all the film I have time to shoot, and I have time to shoot more than I have time to develop and print!
Well said and exactly my point as well.
Once a photographer is convinced that the camera can lie and that, strictly speaking, the vast majority of photographs are "camera lies," inasmuch as they tell only part of a story or tell it in a distorted form, half the battle is won. Once he has conceded that photography is not a "naturalistic" medium of rendition and that striving for "naturalism" in a photograph is futile, he can turn his attention to using a camera to make more effective pictures.
It's past $6.50 a roll in Canada, has been past $5 for years here. Not as cheap as last year but neither is silver or labour costs. I was going to order some Tri-X in 5x7 sheets from B&H but it went up 25% 2 weeks ago (they were sold out prior to that); will have to wait a while now.
Silver price has dropped to nearly half of what it was at the spike last year, but that's not the entire cost of film granted.
$4.99 is cheap. In Melb we group buy from B&H, and it's generally +15% on cost of top of that to split shipping in a $1k order. Which becomes basically $5.75/roll, which is still cheap.
Local price is $7.15/roll at Vanbar online I just checked.. which is surprising I was expecting to be over $10. At Michael's in the CBD it will be.
$7.15 is real cheap here now that I think about it.. they must have dropped the price... because Delta 100 in 120 is $11 a roll.
120 Velvia 50 is $17/roll
120 Portra 160 is $10/roll
120 Provia 400X is $27/roll.
35mm Provia 400X 36exp is $42.21/roll.
And you complain about a few cents increase in the U.S...
$7.15 Local vs $4.99 B&H
$27 Local vs $6.29 B&H
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