Actually I computed the cost for the film and the chemistry per frame for me to develope and print one frame of 35mm Ektar (35 frames per roll) at home. The breakdown was:
Originally Posted by 2F/2F
.34 Fuji CA 8x10
.50 Kodak Supra 8x10
As you can see from the above, the paper is the most expensive part and I did not factor in the cost of test prints which could be as little as a strip off a sheet to several depending on the complexity of the image nor the number of images printed on the roll which would be variable. Likewise the travel expenses in acquiring the shot which can be substantial - running into the thousands even - were not taken into consideration.
Just for fun, multiply each of the above for 35 and you get
Film and Development: $7.35 Roll of 35 exposures
RA-4 Chemistry: $9.80 Roll of 35 exposures
Paper: $11.90 For 35 CA 8x10 or $17.50 for Kodak.
So if all of your shots were winners, then the total raw cost would be $34.65 using Kodak paper and you doing all the work. That's a buck per 8x10 glossy. Not bad!
Last edited by Tom Taylor; 02-05-2010 at 10:32 AM. Click to view previous post history.
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