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Cost of medium format film

Discussion in 'Everything Film' started by Larry Shone, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. Larry Shone

    Larry Shone Well-Known Member

    I have never tried MF and would love to have a go before film dies off completely. Even if it was a cheap Seagull or Lubitel i'd love to have a go,but what puts me off is the cost of 120 film and processing. Is it much more expensive than 35mm and would jessies do it?
  2. Hotblack

    Hotblack Dead Horse Flogger

    Don't know about Jessies but 7DayShop have Ilford, Kodak and Fuji 120 film from about £1.50 a roll.

    Processing at my local pro lab is £4.50 a roll, £10 for process and contact. You could try taking a look at Peak Imaging to see how much they charge.
  3. NorthernMonkey

    NorthernMonkey Well-Known Member

    If you process your own black and white film, its about 60p a roll. If you want a dev and print, its about £8 if you look around.

    Film is really cheap, about £1.60 - £2 a roll, depending on what you are buying. Slide film is a little more expensive.
  4. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    The cost of using medium format is lower than might be expected, simply because most medium format users expose fewer frames than 35mm users, and vastly fewer than digital users. Medium format slows down the picture taking process, and leads to a more considered approach to matters. The equipment does not lend itself to a machine gun attitude in the user.
  5. Larry Shone

    Larry Shone Well-Known Member

    I'm afraid I'm not going to be able to afford MF,such a shame as it won't be long when it will be digital only. Would love a MF digi tho!
  6. taxor

    taxor Well-Known Member

    Not sure I agree with you there. Film will be around as long as there are people who love using it. Ilford are commmitted players in the analogue market. If (heaven forbid) they go under, there will be some enterprising outfit that'll continue to make these products. I'd save your pennies, get yourself a decent MF outfit (Mamiya springs to mind!), get a stack of 120 film, maybe even a bit of darkroom kit and start enjoying yourself. For gawds sake, take no notice of the doomsters; they're talking out of their ar**s!! :D
  7. Larry Shone

    Larry Shone Well-Known Member

    Oh i'd love to but its not to be. We just don't have the facilities here,or the money for a darkroom, i'd have to rely on shop processors and my experience with B/W film was not good. Too long a turnaround and too expensive,then i found XP 2 and fell in love with B/W.
    But now i have a digi i hardly use film,its lured of away,and thats why i partly believe those doomsters! Film is doomed,i don't see how it can possibly compete on anything other than an enthusiastic and thus expensive level. A real shame but well digi is now capable of delivering the results.
  8. Ephemeral

    Ephemeral Well-Known Member

    If you live in Co. Durham are you close to Darlington - if so the Darlington Media Group has developing and printing facilities. I returned to photography as a digital head, but since going to the workshop I have bought a (working ;)) Kiev-88 MF camera and a pile of 120 film and will be using their facilities to work with it - so you don't even have to invest in your own darkroom facilities.

    They are a friendly and knowledgeable bunch as well which helps

    but film won't die, the market may get smaller but there is something about the chemicals and stuff that draws people to it
  9. Larry Shone

    Larry Shone Well-Known Member

    Yea i do live in Darlington and used to go to the club meetings,but they were too stuffy,boring anti digital bunch.
    I'd be interested in that group tho,but i just don't have the time at the mo and dare'nt suggest buying another camera,i'd get that look! ;)
    Besides money goes elsewhere and there's other stuff we need.
  10. downfader

    downfader Well-Known Member

    ..then have a play with a holga or make your own pinhole camera... you could even make a simple lens based box camera and stick 120 in it. Medium format isnt just about mamiyas and TLRs ;)
  11. Larry Shone

    Larry Shone Well-Known Member

    Funny,i actually made a pin hole camera at college using a piece of printing paper inside a 35mm film carton.
  12. photogeek

    photogeek Well-Known Member

    I wanted a cheap 6x6 Camera and found an old Zeiss Nettar for £10.00, it works just fine has a good lens and Peak Imageing do a great job of developing it and the turnaround time is about 3 days.

    If you want to play with Medium format then have a go it is great fun.
  13. Larry Shone

    Larry Shone Well-Known Member

    Would that i could but its not to be. Besides I've got 4 films in the fridge from last year and beyond waiting to be developed. One has probably the last pic of my mom before she died which is probably why its taken so long to get them done. I know I'm gonna have a hard time when I see that pic!
  14. Rhys_Hardwick

    Rhys_Hardwick Well-Known Member

    You really do not need much room to do MF processing. We live in a small 2-bed flat, but I do my own processing and scan the negs with a flat-bed scanner. I use our bathroom to load the film into a dev tank, as it is easily dark enough with the door shut, and then process the films in the kitchen.

    It's not very expensive, and not very hard. I'm no natural, and all my films have come out well.

  15. taxor

    taxor Well-Known Member

    [quote Medium format isnt just about mamiyas and TLRs ;)

    [/QUOTE]Yes it is!! :D :D
  16. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    You should see the cost of large format: ADOX CHS 25 11x14 50 sheets for £150. :eek:

    I'm pricing up 5x7 at the moment, which is more reasonable at about £35 for 50 sheets.
  17. LargeFormat

    LargeFormat Well-Known Member

    Tell me about it. I've recently found a box of 50 Ektachrome 5x4 about 15 years old and they weren't even in the fridge. :eek: So I guess they're waste.
  18. Mojo_66

    Mojo_66 Well-Known Member

    Jessies do process 120 film, though I've found Peak do a better job of it. Alternatively as already mentioned get a dev tank and dark bag and do it yourself. A Mamiya TLR can be had for around £100, or if you can't stretch to that there's always a Holga, or an old folder, some of them have excellent optics and can turn out good results if used carefully. For what it's worth, I think film will be around until we're all pushing up daisies.
  19. beejaybee

    beejaybee Marvin

    But you don't have a motor drive to help you waste the stuff ;)

    MF is about patience and getting it right first time; LF I guess even more so.
  20. Benchmark

    Benchmark Well-Known Member

    I find that with MF I often come home having made only four or five exposures, but all will be properly exposed and sometimes even well composed. :eek: :D

    Seriously though, it is affordable. Old MF caneras can be picked up cheaply, and good colour negative film is available for less than £1.00 a roll from discounters like Mathers and Discount Films Direct. I usually buy short dated or (just) outdated film, and then store it in the freezer.

    I usually process my own film using a changing bag and Patterson developing tank.

    RGB at Middlesbro will dev C41 colour roll film for £3.00 a roll on the one hour service.

    Film is most unlikely to die out within the next 25 years, so even if you can't stretch to MF now, its still worth setting your sights on for the future.

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