The Price of Photography

nukie

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This is more a question out of curiousity than anything else. But only having owned a digital camera, and already having a good printer and photographic paper (from my uni days), I've never experienced dropping off a roll of film to get it developed.

So anyway, the question to those that get photos developed by someone else (ie not doing it yourself in a darkroom, and not those who are digital), is "How much do you spend on getting film processed?"

Try to keep your amounts in US Dollars so that we can standardise things a bit.
 

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if i may, nukie:

to help organize thoughts, anyone that posts a reply should really specify -

1) color negative
2) b&w negative
3) transparency (slides)
4) any push/pull processing on the above
5) were prints included in the price? what size?
6) how many exposures on the roll?

sorry to hijack your thread.
 

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Okay, for the most part I shoot transparencies. Figure the following as costs-

Film: $4.25 - $5.50 (36 exposures)
Processing: $7.25/roll (local custom lab)
Push process: $2.00 (on top of processing cost) the one time I did it.

Figure an average of @12/roll. I shoot an average of 2-4 rolls a month. I shoot twice as many digital shots as I shoot film. I'm getting to where I use the digital as a polaroid shot before I shoot the film. Kinda handy for that. Not totally accurate, but it's a good ballpark starting point.

Jim
 

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here in bahrain,

Film ( 36 exposures ) - $4

processing and prints -$11
( they give u back a film 4 free so if u love kodak have it processed by kodak :wink: )...oh, i forgot they give you 1 free 6x8 print too :roll:

push- (havent tried it yet)
 

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You've never had a roll developed nukie?!

Its too late in the evening for my brain to function with numbers and dollar signs, but I guess it works out about double. Im posting in Australian dollars.

I prolly shoot on average lately, 4 a month, generally 24exp, costing between $6-$12 a roll
I pay $7.95 a roll or up to $10 depending on how lazy I am in where I take them.
I prolly do a B &W roll once every couple of months which costs $10-$12 for the roll itself and then at least $20 for developing.
I once had some B & W shots from Ireland done and the lab kindly put them on matte and had pretty lil white borders put around without my knowledge ending up costing me about $80 for 2 rolls of film.

I wont even discuss what the stupid holga cost me with its 120 film.

So yeah, nukie, film is expensive!!!! I think I deserve a discount at my developer's for the business I give them.
 

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Here in the UK, for colour negs i use Jessops who charge £3.50 for developing of negs, i then scan them in and print the ones off i want. Somethimes i might get an index card which costs 99p per film

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I generally do most of my work with black and white film, and develop it myself. I can't really see the point of having a lab do it... after a few rolls, you've already paid for the equipment you need with the money you've saved, and it gives you much more control over the creative process. For colour film, if I bought pro film I would take it to a pro lab, and just get it developed without prints. The cost of the film varies quite a bit, of course. NPH goes for almost $8/roll, Portra 160VC $10/roll. Expensive stuff! It's about $5/roll (36 exposure) for developing only at a pro place around here. For cheap film, the minilab near here will do that for about $1/roll. (All prices USD)
 

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