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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 8:50 pm    Post subject: Affordable black and white Reply with quote

Hi there,
which are the cheapest and some how decent black and white films we have?
Cheapest I can in german amazon is hp5 for 6,43 euros. Is there anything cheaper?
Developer: Ilford XX-D

Regards
A


PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As always cheapest and decent dont go together.

I use Lucky film in 135 and 120 to test old cameras. just under a pound a roll if you get 8 or so from China.


PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 3:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Decent and cheap for 35mm I recommend Foma films,

Cheers,

Renato


PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

locally Agfaphoto APX should be fine?

http://www.idealo.de/preisvergleich/OffersOfProduct/404083_-apx-100-135-36-agfaphoto.html

edit: amazon prices seem crazy


PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you can, try some Arista EDU film. Available here in the US from Freestyle. Made, or packaged. in the Czech Republic, it is available ISO 100,200 and 400. 35mm can be had in 24 and 36 exposure rolls and 100Ft bulk rolls for reloadable cartridges. I have been using for several years.

Foma, also from the Czech Republic, is a little more expensive here. I have never tried it, but it might make the list someday.

Ultrafine seems good, I have quite a bit of it. I will be shooting more Ultrafine in the next couple of months.

Buying 35mm film in 100 Ft rolls to use in re-usable cassettes can save money too. A 100 ft roll, using a bulk film loader will make approximately 18 36 exposure rolls. Also nice to be able to make 'short' rolls for testing.

Phil


PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to jump in here late:

So the cheapest B&W film you can find is roughly 6.5 Euros a roll. >.< Painful.
Having just repatriated to the US I'm finding some things far more expensive than they were in the land of the rising son. E6 processing-- yikes! However, TriX is dirt cheap here compared to Japan which got a price hike.

US international shipping is not great, but if you get a lot in bulk you might be able to make out a bit cheaper on some of those, no? I looked into a few Euro-only products (C41 & E6 developing kits) and I can sometimes get them cheaper shipped over the pond than here.


PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 4:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, Tri-X 135-36 can usually be bought for $5.00 per roll in lots of 10 or 20. I have been buying on EBAY.
Ultrafine in 100 Ft rolls works out to about $2.22 per roll.

Phil


PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2015 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've used Lucky SHD100 for a fair bit of B&W shots (Flickr set) and I'd hesitate to say it's "good" or "bad", as it's subjective both in terms of personal preference and also subject matter. The main thing with Lucky is that it has quite a strong grain and very little in the way of an anti-halation layer, so you get a pronounced halo effect from strong light sources. All in all I feel it gives a very "classic"/"old time" look to some shots, and that can be great fun to play with. Also, at <2 per roll on Ebay (order around 10 film bulk packs from China/HK) it's a cheap film to learn with if you are new to B&W, self developing, or just want to play.

For more serious stuff where you want a consistent result, I'd say Agfa APX 100 (Flickr set) makes a good quality affordable film. I got a triple pack on Ebay for less than 15, and some places like Discount Films Direct in the UK sell it for about the same price. Aparently it's very similar to Fomapan, though I've never tried the latter myself.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2015 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

3.00 a roll for ilford rebranded, if you buy over 10 3:30 in singles
http://www.discountfilmsdirect.co.uk/kentmere-35mm-black--white-cheap-camera-film-82-c.asp

Also cheap here
http://www.firstcall-photographic.co.uk/categories/38/b-w-film?sortby=pricel-h
2.20 made in germany


PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a vague feeling* that in the UK at least, Fomapan is the cheapest film you can get hold of - AG Photographic seem to have a nice selection of different brand films, including 120 and 35mm

* It's just a feeling. Nothing to back it up!


PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are in Germany: http://www.macodirect.de/35mm-films-c-746_750_760.html?osCsid=edbf66a31cb66fd7ee75258e6696f992


PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2015 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

eddieitman wrote:
3.00 a roll for ilford rebranded, if you buy over 10 3:30 in singles
http://www.discountfilmsdirect.co.uk/kentmere-35mm-black--white-cheap-camera-film-82-c.asp

Quote:
Also cheap here
http://www.firstcall-photographic.co.uk/categories/38/b-w-film?sortby=pricel-h
2.20 made in germany
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First call looks good for own name/no-namebrands. The regular stuff's not that cheap though and no discount for bulk buying ? They''re having a laugh wi postal charges ...8 !!


PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2015 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check here: http://www.spuersinn-shop.de/

There you can find everything you need. And they are very nice.