I just bought 4 pro packs of Fuji 400 iso 120 film from a photographer who was getting out of the business. Going digital. I got the film on a sweet deal. $20 for the whole set of 4. That breaks down to a dollar a roll. The film is past dated by one year but kept frozen since original purchased.
I know that I'm a cheap ass person. I rather buy a six pack of beer and have one at home then head over to the local pub. But, I was wondering if any of you look for film bargains as well? Or do you buy fresh when you are running low of film.
So far, I haven't had any real issues of color shifts and I think thats becasue I ususally buy film from photographers I know and trust.
I would like you all to share your thoughts on the matter.
I buy both.
I like fresh stuff for paid work that's heading for a lab; for the rest, it's art, perfect is an over rated standard.
I buy fresh stuff and try and use it before it goes out of date! For amateur print films a few months out of time doesn't matter that much.
I buy all my film (colour and black and white) fresh but in bulk quantities (generally 100-roll orders). Doing so is the most cost effective way of offsetting the cost of shipping from NYC to here in Vancouver. The only time I have ever bought - and shot - outdated film was during the last several months of the "Kodachrome Era," when I ran low on #1563.