# of exposures

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  1. 480sparky

    480sparky Chief Free Electron Relocator Supporting Member

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    Roll your own, and you can make sure you get as many as 37 or 38 frames.


     
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    rbconbautista TPF Noob!

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    I honestly would but me being the cheapskate I am, I would still make the rolls in the darkroom even if I'm using a daylight bulk loader. You still waste film putting the film onto the spool and you have to leave some film out for the leader. This is to ensure Im really getting what I paid for. Any recommendations on what film stock to buy in 100ft rolls. I really like TMax ASA 400 but its a lil pricey (cheaper than buying that much in pre rolled cassettes tho).
     
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    480sparky Chief Free Electron Relocator Supporting Member

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    The cost of a few frames lost in order to spool it up is more than made up in the overall savings spread out over the cost of a 100' roll.
     
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    rbconbautista TPF Noob!

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    I guess that’s true. But what if let’s say you’re on shot 36 and shot 36 is what you had to expose in order to get the film onto spool into the cassette and your camera still takes shot 36 you just ruined your shot.
     
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    Or just use a different camera.
    Frugal and Cheapskate are two different things.......
     
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    480sparky Chief Free Electron Relocator Supporting Member

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    Then you're more concerned with counting pennies than counting images.
     
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    vintagesnaps Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I've tried to get one more on a roll of film and often as not end up with a partly overlapped double exposure! So I don't chance it unless I was just playing with the camera and don't have anything important at the end/beginning of the roll.

    I think you might find it'll matter more the quality of the negatives, that they're properly exposed and not too dense or too thin, that they're well framed, etc. than how many you got on a roll. What's going to matter more by the end of the semester? Probably the quality of your work. Learn how to get the best you can out of those frames of film.
     
  8. Dave Colangelo

    Dave Colangelo No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Shoot 4x5 then you will know exactly how many exposures you get every time you put film in the camera...

    On any note it depends on the camera, the loading mechanics and the roll its self. In my experience 35-38 exposures is possible. My Rolle 35 which is the smallest full frame 35mm camera has almost no excess spooling distance, as such you can easily get 37-38 exposures on a roll before hitting the end. Some wider bodies, if spooled liberally will only shoot 35 exposures on a roll. There is no hard guarantee that you will get 36 exposures as there is no accepted spool to spool distance. There has also been a fair bit of variance in the cut of 35mm end taper over the years which effects how you load some older cameras as well.

    If your looking to pinch pennies shoot half frame Olympus pen-f etc.
     
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    Actually if you're looking to pinch pennies don't use film at all. An older digital camera will cost very little per frame, without excessive capital cost at the start. It won't give you the joys of film but you can't have everything.
     
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    Agreed, but in context here I assumed they were trying to shoot film specifically, on the cheap.
     

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