I'd encourage you to inform PF of their nonsensical pricing/packaging structure.
I bought one case each of the Kodak SM chemicals. This is as follows:
Developer Cat. No. 175-6337 (6x2L)
Bleach Cat. No. 882-4690 (2x2.7L)
Fixer Cat. No. 846-2681 (2x3.9L)
Rinse Cat. No. 192-5254 (12x1.5L)
Shipping was calculated by weight and the total cost of the chemicals and shipping was around $250. Assuming I use it one shot in my Jobo tanks (and I will until I do some control strip tests of reuse) that use 270mL for 6 sheets of 4x5, that comes out to 266 sheets at $0.94 per sheet. The alternative is the only lab left in Miami at $2.50 per sheet. This would use up all my developer, but not the other chemicals. The Formulary 1L kit is $45 after shipping to me. That is $2.50 per 4x5 sheet, but I could stretch it to $1.87 if I use 250mL per run rather than the recommended 270mL and single shot.
According to Kodak, the SM chemicals do not use a starter.
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If you live in Italy you can buy a Rollei Digibase C-41 "maxi" kit, 2,5 litres, for less than €40 including shipping. That is supposed to make 55 ISO 100 "rolls" (I suppose they mean 135/36) if ISO 100, or 50 rolls if ISO 400.
(this shop also sells on eBay, it's where I bought my E-6 kit).
If you are in Germany, you can buy it at Macodirect (and at other venues I suppose).
The Rollei Digibase C-41 has bleach and fix (no blix).
There is a recent thread here:
If you really get 50/55 rolls out of that kit, that means a cost of less than €1/roll, which is IMO quite acceptable.
Strange this kit is difficult to find in the US. Maybe the importer is prepared to order some quantity if so requested.
PF will ship here but at $29 plus $29 shipping I won't be ordering it, $68 is too much for me to ship a 1L kit. I might be able to get better economy if I ordered a few kits but they only have 5 in stock and I can get 4 1L Tetenal kits shipped from B&H for under $10 shipping and under $20/kit, much less money.
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