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    Quote Originally Posted by marcmarc View Post
    I hope I don't sound like I'm being cheap because I don't think that I am.
    I don't think anyone's going to call you cheap, given the large amount of film you use.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Yes. On an absolute dollar basis you are far outspending me for film. And still outspending me even if I also throw in my paper and chemistry... err, chemicals.

    Ken
    "They are the proof that something was there and no longer is. Like a stain. And the stillness of them is boggling. You can turn away but when you come back they’ll still be there looking at you."

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    Haa Ken^ don't give in to the "chemicals police"....
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    I think Marc is a good shooter, that said, being a street photographer doesn't mean you have to be shooting like a madman, you can still shoot low volumes and pick the choice shots if you home your skills to only shoot the best.

    I think wedding photographers who shoot film are the only ones who have an excuse for high volume. Maybe fashion photographers when the magazine/company is paying for the film, but they also send their film out

    That is they used to..


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    Quote Originally Posted by marcmarc View Post
    I hope I don't sound like I'm being cheap because I don't think that I am. I'm just trying to be smart with my spending given my modest income and the high cost of living area I'm in. If I were simply being cheap then I would use the off brand films like Lucky and just accept the flaws as a part of using a cheaply made and sold film. However, I don't want to compromise quality so that's why I want to stay a customer of Ilford, Fuji and Kodak even though it's frustrating when prices go up because it makes one feel that there isn't much other choice.
    One way to cut your costs is to use the bulk rolls of 35mm that are available. You can really pick up bulk rolls very cheaply if you get the short dated stuff. I got some short dated bulk rolls of FP4+ for $35, shipping included from Isreal a couple months ago. I got them in June and the expire date was July, but in the freezer they don't age. I'm enjoying the process of making my own rolls, I feel like I am a lot more involved in the photography process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcmarc View Post
    So yes, I do shoot an awful lot and I don't want to shoot less, I want to shoot more;
    You have to switch to digital then...

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    Quote Originally Posted by madgardener View Post
    One way to cut your costs is to use the bulk rolls of 35mm that are available. You can really pick up bulk rolls very cheaply if you get the short dated stuff. I got some short dated bulk rolls of FP4+ for $35, shipping included from Isreal a couple months ago. I got them in June and the expire date was July, but in the freezer they don't age. I'm enjoying the process of making my own rolls, I feel like I am a lot more involved in the photography process.
    That doesn't work for us 120 and LF shooters...


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    Quote Originally Posted by marcmarc View Post
    Speaking of film prices, yesterday I went into Freestyle to pick up more Fuji Acros in the 120 five roll pack. I was not prepared for the price increase; I thought it had already taken effect previously. Prices jumped up for 135 as well. So now I find myself once again trying to convince myself to stay with film even though the prices are at a point where it just doesn't make sense for me.
    I put together 8 rolls of film for a trip using only $10.00 cash a few weeks ago. OK I cheated a bit. But I pulled it off.

    One roll of film from my favorite store. That took care of my money.

    Rolled four from a bulk roll (of APX-100), took one roll of Panatomic-X out of the freezer and already had 3 rolls of TMY-2 on hand.

    Bulk film is a great plan, as madgardener already pointed out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Burk View Post
    I put together 8 rolls of film for a trip using only $10.00 cash a few weeks ago. OK I cheated a bit. But I pulled it off.

    One roll of film from my favorite store. That took care of my money.

    Rolled four from a bulk roll (of APX-100), took one roll of Panatomic-X out of the freezer and already had 3 rolls of TMY-2 on hand.

    Bulk film is a great plan, as madgardener already pointed out.
    You still have Panatomic-X!! I love that film! I've only been able to shoot a few rolls but I would use that over TMY-2 any day!

    Lucky


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    Quote Originally Posted by StoneNYC View Post
    You still have Panatomic-X!! I love that film! I've only been able to shoot a few rolls but I would use that over TMY-2 any day!

    Lucky
    I have most of a 100-foot bulk roll of 35mm Panatomic-X in the back of the fridge. It has an expiration date of September, 1963. Two months before Jack Kennedy was assassinated.

    I'm not the original owner, and I have no idea how it was stored over those years. Except that the person I directly got it from told me it had been kept outside in a rural barn along with some long unused old darkroom equipment. Given that, I suppose keeping it in a fridge now is probably a bit silly.

    I did once spool up a 12-frame roll for some non-scientific testing. Except for some light-struck edges, it exposed and developed out just fine. The edges probably meant that the metal can was not completely sealed light-tight over the years.

    Those old slow speed b&w films sometimes seem like they can last forever.

    Ken
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    — Diane Arbus, March 15, 1971, in response to a request for a brief statement about photographs



 

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