sources for LF film?
Trying to figure out which companies still sell LF film, especially cheap film.
I heard a rumor that some Polaroid production was done in China, is there any chance that that is true, and if so, is there any chance of seeing an instant film come out of China?
I usually use Wilford or adox film, and Google just gave me a bunch of places that had either moved their website or were out of business.
So who still makes LF film? Who still makes color film? Who still makes slide film?
Cheapest b/w LF film I've seen is freestyle with Fomapan rebranded as Arista Edu Ultra.
B&W: Several companies. Foma, Ilford, Kodak and Fuji all make large format film, as does Efke.
Colour negative: Kodak and Fuji.
Colour positive (transparency): Fuji, and as of a few days ago, only in one film type - Velvia 100.
If cheap is the concern, research shooting x-ray film here and on the LF Forum. We are talking pennies on the dollar. 7x17 Ilford is about $9 a sheet. I gather $0.70 to .75 in X-ray. Haven’t tried it myself but lots have and have written about it.
I have seen no evidence that suggests Velvia 50 and 100F is no longer available in 4x5 (or 8x10) in the US. All the sources that said it was discontinued a few days ago were UK sources. Until I see a source that says this is true for Fujifilm USA I don't believe it.
Originally Posted by PhotoJim
Look for expired film stocks on eBay.
Originally Posted by Discoman
I usually get mine from Badger Graphic (Ilford,) CSX Online (x-ray) and Freestyle (for everything else) B and H also stocks the stuff of dreams. Fotoman has (or had?) Surplus Kodak aerial film. I don't know who is selling Shanghai or Lucky these days.
For my dollar I think you can't beat Freestyle's Arista EDU ultra is comes in a variety of formats and a good selection of speeds in 4x5. They also carry efke, ilford and kodak. Their customer service cannot be beat by anyone.
X-ray film is cheap but bear in mind it is usually a double sided emulsion, unless you get mammo film, and it is blue/green sensitive(orthochromatic) and is all quite slow. The double sided emulsion will eat up your chemistry faster. The single emulsion is better for speed and contrast but is usually only available in metric sizes. I use single emulsion mammo film either kodak min-r or fuji ADM for making enlarged negatives.