Dated, just because, not because I will update this post. This was an impulse topic that has expanded to because of a recent youtube viewing.
Simple facts: assume you shoot 4×5 B&W film, and make 16×20 prints. What is one pass thru the process cost, excluding chemicals. Yep, a big exclusion. You can add your own chemical costs, right?
I used big search, two online stores were used; I just wrote the lowest and highest prices:
- Film (4×5): 25 sheet at $1.60 per sheet. 100 sheet at $2.00 per sheet.
- Paper RC (16×20): 10 sheet RC at $4.90 per sheet. 50 sheet RC at $5.60 per sheet
- Paper FB (16×20): 10 sheet FB at $6.00 per sheet. 50 sheet FB at $7.00 per sheet
What surprised me was the quantity pricing; it isn’t cheaper buying more. That is because we see different brands offering different sizes. High quantity brands are also the more expensive brands.
Youtube. A source for much information. One person has matured greatly in their presentation – not so much in caliber or skill, but in information quality. They are polished, and have been for years. That’s why they have large following. Look and voice.
The following video seems remarkably useful. It is about film from a moderate technical vantage point. It should be, she is a spouse of Mirko (of Fotoimpex/Adox.)
Not my preference in demeanor, but it gets you there.
Additional notes: toward enlarged negatives
*first stage film: -- delta 100 $215/ 100, fp4 $211/100 *second stage: ULF, ortho+ $190/25 (8x10) or special order. limited options of time / sizes ULF; ilford, fp4 OR Bergger 11x14 198 euro / 25 50.8cm x 10M euro 354 20" x 33' ULF fp4 12x20 $559/25
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