I've documented my film hoarding elsewhere on APUG. Lots of 70mm film. Lots of 4x5. And as much 5x7 and 8x10 as I can afford. That said, I continue to buy new film and cycle through it. Putting the new stuff in the freezer and using the oldest stuff now. I want to continue to support current production, but also have a stash for when the commie hordes invade. Oops. Sorry. Wrong decade.
I've started hoarding some recently discontinued paper in anticipation of trying it. And if I don't like it, maybe I can sell it for a profit in a year or two.
I like to think I'm hoarding equipment, but it's really just GAS. I HAVE been slowly CLAing things in anticipation of eventual parts availibility issues for things like my Hasselblad gear and some old Rollei TLRs.
I abhorred a horde.
I refuse to vote. Grin.
I have a lot of film on hand, but I don't think of it as long term hoarding--just keeping supplies on hand and taking advantage of good prices when I can. I don't have a spare freezer, and I do have other things in the freezer (reduced veal stock and chicken stock--I could make my own gelatin if need be, ice cream, vodka).
As a NYC bachelor, I find it advantageous to have my freezer filled with film. That way I can show it to potential girlfriends and say, "Look. There isn't any room in there for heads or limbs. I can't possibly be a psycho killer."
Because I can't make film I'll keep few years stock on hand in the freezer. Because I think the next threat to freedom of access to supplies that photographers in currently democratic countries will face is that of access to chemicals, I will start stocking dry chemicals soon. At least that way i will be able to make plates and paper.
just my paranoid $0.02 worth
I think I may begin to develop a hoard by shopping for short-dated film and cycling it. I'd like to have a couple thousand sheets of FP4+ if the bottom ever fell out and I'd hate to be competing in the buying frenzy then.
I don't hoard anything, but would if I could afford to. I wish I would have hoarded Azo when it was still in production. I should hoard 5x7 TMY right now.
I am keeping the discontinued films from the hoarders. :p
80 roll of 36 exposure 135 and 55 rolls of 120 UC film.
Does this make me a "hoard"? :confused:
That's basically what I've done. I was about to say I don't have thousands of sheets but just realized for 4x5 I have the following in addition to my open boxes of FP4, HP5 and Portra:
400 sheets HP5
300 Sheets FP4
400 sheets kodalith
200 sheets Ektapan
200 sheets Efke 50
250 sheets Tech Pan
200 sheets Maco IR (old 820 by Efke)
i wouldn't say that i horde film or paper ...
but i was given a boatload of paper a few years ago
that i haven't had a chance to use up, film is a different story
bought it for a few jobs that at the last minute didn't materialize
(client vanished or left me holding the bag) ...
i have found a few deals that i couldn't pass up
(20 100 sheet boxes of 5x7 tri-x for 1$/box,
rolls of film for not much$ / roll &C )
but i wouldn 't say i horded it ...
maybe someday, one never knows what will happen tomorrow ..