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    Roll film and sheet film need to be coated onto different base materials. The cost of polyester has gone
    up; then they've got to amortize the very specialized chemicals and dyes needed for color film in the face of declining volume, general inflation, etc - all these things add up. Then in the past I suspect that constant price wars between Fuji and Kodak for head-to-head items moderated things, to the effect that maybe this was a partially subsidized product category. But today Fuji has basically ceded color neg film to Kodak, and Kodak has respectively ceded the chrome market to Fuji, which means they can relistically factor profit margin higher. I don't really care. To me, one good shot on 8x10 film
    is more useful than 500 with a small camera.

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    What Drew said

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    My colour-neg, 10x8", pinhole camera plus contact-prints plan died when I discovered how much the film cost these days. Admittedly, my comparison point was nearly thirty years ago so that didn't help the shock-factor!

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    What started this whole investigation for me is, despite having never shot it, I am obsessed with the colors of Portra. With the pricing I will probably stick to black and white for sheet film and get some of it in rolls, at least until I feel a lot more confident about clicking the shutter with a $5 sheet of film loaded.

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    5 dollars a click forces you to think.
    Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy. Pope Paul VI

    So, I think the "greats" were true to their visions, once their visions no longer sucked. Ralph Barker 12/2004

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    $5 ??? My pricing for my 10x8" pinhole plan would have used Portra 400 . . . at over $26 per sheet. Home processing, using a slosher and optimism, not included.

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    High cost of colour sheet film

    I'm gladly spending $20 a sheet for 8x10 chrome right now. I love chromes and 8x10 format is my new baby. I know based on past experiences with 4x5 that I will take more time to find that perfect shot because of cost. But the high cost is what makes my images great.

    More importantly for me, it's not only the look and experience of shooting film, but the fact that I am capturing real images that can be viewed without the aid of technology at any time in the future. Film is a true archive. Migrating a bunch of 1's and 0's are meaningless unless you have the correct hardware to view them. The digital image doesn't exist in its raw state, where as it does with film. So for that, I will alway be shooting my most important memories with film, regardless of cost.
    David S. Nardi Photography
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