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    Is having B&W developed expensive everywhere?

    I founbd my long lost Olympus Stylus in the pocket of my ski parka the other day. It had a roll of exposed film in it so I took the film to a local camera store---not the cheapest place on the planet but they do a good job. The cost to develop and print one 36 exposure roll of B&W 35mm film was $18---is this a sign of the times? If so I might as well soup my own 35mm as well. Is it this expensive where others live? Or is film being "discouraged" in my neck of the woods?

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    Yup, B&W tends to be expensive everywhere. Seems to be £10-£15 a roll here. It's because they don't have a dedicated B&W machine so they have to do it by hand usually, either dip&dunk or small tanks just like you'd do at home. This is time intensive compared to standardised c-41 processing so they charge accordingly.
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    Yes, because virtually all the machine process B&W lines disappeared a few years ago, so it's mainly hand processed. I'd guess there are still the odd neg processing lines out there, but the printers ? I doubt it. Although it's not rocket science to resurrect B&W machine printing.

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    I'm currently in Spain and given that everything here seems to be digital these days, I was surprised to find out they'd develop by hand B&W 35mm/127/120-220 for EUR 4,90 (US $7, £3.66) a roll. Push development costs 1 Euro more.

    (Not including prints, of course.)

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    It all sounds pretty cheap to me consider that our times is the most important commodity we are given. I'd rather be making pictures then standing in a darkroom agitating a developing tank.
    When I grow up, I want to be a photographer.

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    It's about 30 cents a roll if I use HC-110 in my Jobo.

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    It's about $20 CAD in my part of the world. That's why I have been doing it myself since 2006 and I have not looked back.
    "Life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and look around once and a while, you might just miss it."
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    hi john

    sam's club/ walmart sends out to fuji who sends out to dwayne's in kansas.
    when i have black and white done at sam's it comes out to about 7-8$/ roll.
    i have had a bunch of film done there, and can't complain ...
    i would rather have it done locally, but locally i would be broke before the end of the day.

    YMMV

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    You'd be surprised who sends what out and to who

    Back in the late 70's a new pro-Lab opened near where I had my company/darkrooms, I'd take in E6 or very occasionally C41 for processing and see photographer friends with their B&W films, I never told them we were processing and printing their B&W work. The lab gave a 24 hr turnaround on films and 48 hrs for prints, that suited us we didn't want the hassle of dealing with individual customers, but had slack darkroom time.

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    Hi, I noticed that freestyle has b&w developing mailers for $21, and Ilford (Harman) has similar price in the UK.

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