Tom - Don't sweat it whatever you decide I could afford nice-fresh-n-perfect-Tri-X-bulk-rolls @$70 each, but I prefer to buy $30-a-bulk-roll-Ultrafine-film....though I also agree in principal w ya re quality-ruling-the-roost; it's just that there little room for situations like you mentioned above or the fact that I'm teaching my kids photography and figure bulk rolls at $30-a-piece is much better to use than the $70 Tri-X; and save the extra $40 for their college fund