Paul Verizzo (and others): I already stated that I use Kodak Flexicolor developer and I get if from PDISUPPLY.COM in Rochester, NY. (KF12-1532753 currently is listed at $131.73). Many here have expressed wonder at how they could get their hands on C-41 developer and not be bankrupted in the process. That causes me to think...
I get the 25 gallon size for less than $200 shipped to Philadelphia. Now, as we all know now, that translates into 375 US gallons (15 X 25 gal) of working solution. That's about 50 cents per US gallon of my working solution developer. That's about 16 36 exp rolls of film developed for 50 cents TOTAL. That's about 3 US cents per 36 exposure roll. Expensive??? Not even frugal David thinks so.
Now, 'you all', maybe the time has come to change from being mere 'avatars of the web' and start to actually get to know one another as real, not virtual, people. I know that this will cause great pain, consternation, and angst because that means actually having to expose your vulnerabilities out into the open, instead of refraining by employing the 'safer' way that being virtually anonymous affords and gives the most comfort. This is the way people USED to act way back when I was in my twenties. No web, no anonymity. Much to gain in the process. Why?
The 25 gallon size is easily transportable by one person. It's not that heavy. Can you imagine how light 1/25th of that kit would be?
$200 devided by 25 gallons is $8 per 'Kodak' gallon or $8 per fifteen 'David Lyga working solution' gallons. That's a lot of developer, folks. Can no one envision 25 of you getting together and dividing a kit and having all this developer to play with? (But you cannot do this if you insist upon remaining avatars.) The real problem here is getting tiny containers to divide it all and maybe there would be other glitches as well. But... you can see that, costwise, the ridiculous amount of money saved would be formidible. Then stop bath and fixer and potassium ferricyanide (or proprietary blixes).
I have had a few people already contact me privately (email@example.com or 215.569.4949). I certainly would not cherish the responsibility of handling all this, and I could not, actually, given the fact that my WHOLE living space is 12 feet by 12 feet (your garage!), but when you figure how cheaply this could be done you almost want to forego the 'avatar' life permanently! Think about this. It is not as impossible as the 'tech based', 'text-only, no voice' culture dictates that it should be. - David Lyga
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