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    $23.00 for 1 roll of B&W Film?

    Is this a standard price in most cities for developing and standard prints? That's what we are being charged and it's for my son's film so I can't afford it. They are the only store that does Ilford and several others so we have no choice but to use them. He's learning so the photos won't be perfect.
    It's no surprise younger people are running to digital.

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    Black and white, or colour based black and white? I started learning photography using Ilford's XP2, it's a black and white film that works in your regular everyday colour minilab. It makes black and white negatives, and the minilab puts out black and white prints. This costs me $13 Australian, I just drop it off at my local lab and pick it up on the way home.
    $23 for a roll of ACTUAL black and white film (HP5, Tri-x, Tmax) is probably standard. It's a specialised thing, and you're paying for that.
    Kodak also make a brand of black and white film that works in a colour minilab, but it has an orange mask, which will make it very difficult to print in a darkroom later on. The Ilford variety has the standard purple-ish base.
    The Analogue Laboratory, or 'so you built a darkroom in an old factory in the industrial zone'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3 Olives View Post
    Is this a standard price in most cities for developing and
    standard prints?
    Off hand I'd say he could put together his own at home
    lab for about the cost of 5 rolls of film. Basic darkroom,
    film and print processing. What size film does he shoot,
    35mm, 120, or ? Dan

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    Is there a reason you have to use that film? You could buy C41 film, and then get developing and prints at any minilab that you please. It is also very easy to develop your own black and white film, and cheap too, if you have some way to print or scan the negatives.

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    I recently shot some c41 medium format film (120).

    Each roll of film was about $6 and cost about $15 to process and make 5"x5" proofs (12 of them).

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    I agree with the others. If we are talking about traditional B+W (NOT C41), then this is about right. Remember that traditional B+W is NOT something that can be processed in a minilab. It definitely falls under the category of 'niche process'. Therefore, you are going to pay. My recommendation is to simply have the film processed (not printed) and either have a contact sheet made or have the negatives scanned (rather than having EVERY shot printed). This way, you can go through the shots to see which are worth printing, and only print those.

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    Unfortunately I've noticed that the price of film processing has been increasing rapidly since digital became so popular. Not surprisingly, local photo stores have also been shutting down or cutting back services.

    Buying the equipment and chemicals to process film myself has been the smartest financial move I've made as far as photography is concerned.

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    If he's bent on using real B&W just get a tank and develop it at home, no darkroom needed, and at that rate you'll be ahead in a few rolls. If he is bent on real B&W all roads lead that way anyway, and once you figure it out your processing your results will be superior unless it is a very very good lab, in that case it will be on par.

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    Process yourself. You can find really cheap B+W film if you look for it, like 1.50 a roll US. The chemistry isn't that expensive either.

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    I take XP2 120 to a place that develops it for $5.00 a roll, another place ( pro lab) charges $12.00. B&W 120 cost the same. Still another pro lab nearby charges $25.00 for color film and $15.00 for B&W, XP2 goes for $25.00. Guess it all depends on what is on thee film and whether it is worth the extra cost.

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