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    Kodak Tri-X in 24 exp, or 36 exp rolls?

    This may sound stupid, but I can't decide whether to buy Kodak Tr-X in 24 exposure rolls or 36? Economically it's a no brainer: Freestyle Photo has the 24 exp rolls for $3.99, and the 36 exp rolls for $4.39. So if I bought 50 rolls of the 24 exp stuff it would cost me $199.50 (not counting shipping) and I'd get 1200 frames. On the other hand, 50 rolls of the 36 exp stuff would cost me just $19.50 more, but I'd get 1800 frames, or 600 more frames this way for the $19.50.

    So why would I buy the 24 exposure rolls? I dunno, but I might. A lot of the time the 24 exposure rolls are easier to load on the reels. Plus, I don't always go out and shoot 36 exposures in one day, so a roll of that can take several days to shoot. With the 24 exposure stuff I generally shoot that in one day and come home and develop it right away. Does anyone else think it's better to just buy the 36 exposure rolls because of the better value?

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    There's nothing easier about loading 24exp onto reels vs 36. If there's a problem with loading it'll be found early. Then again I'm thinking of stainless reels - which is what God intended, of course. You should definitely go with 36exp rolls - less wastage all around.
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    If you want "both" get a few of each, OR buy a bulk roll and roll the amount of frames you want

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    How many shots do you typically take in a session? This should determine whether to buy 24 or 36 exp rolls.
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    If economy is a major concern then why not a 100 foot bulk roll? You can put as much or as little film in a cassette (within limits) as you want.
    Otherwise, to address your question, I like 24's, for the reasons you've stated, takes less time to finish a roll.
    I buy both and grab a 36 if I know I'll be shooting a lot, and use 24's otherwise.

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    I mostly shoot 36-exposure rolls, but often I'll pull a roll without making all the exposures. Thereby wasting some film. There are times that I'm pretty sure I won't be shooting 36 images. So in those cases, I'll put in a 24-exposure roll.

    What I do is I'll order maybe 20 or 25 36-exposure rolls and 5 24-exposure rolls.

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    Hehe, in my "old age" I find 36 is a lot of exposures unless I'm pursuing a major project (in which case I might not be using 35mm). That said, it also seems fewer films are offered in shorter rolls lately.

    So I'd say it depends on your working habits and whether or not you object to waiting until you finish a second project before viewing results of the first. There's the option of course to use a burst or two of "spray and pray" somewhere to use up the roll which negates some of the savings.

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    I often open the back partway through a roll, cut off the exposed portion, and save the remaining film for another day. Not a problem when doing your own processing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerald C Koch View Post
    How many shots do you typically take in a session? This should determine whether to buy 24 or 36 exp rolls.
    This is how I decide, and it has been a good method for many years.

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    Less pondering, more shooting.

    Just bulk load. Easy enough that anyone can do it. You save a bundle. And you can shoot a 5 frame roll if you feel the urge.
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