The price of film stock in 2024

Week 336 was posted by Charanjit Chana on 2024-04-06.

I have a Canon SLR at home with a range of Canon and Sigma lenses and have been thinking about making use of it. There's a bit of film left in the camera, but not much, so naturally my first thought was to finish the film and get it developed.

It doesn't feel like I stopped using film all that long ago. In reality it's about 15 years since I had a roll of film developed. Back then, it was easy to find a roll of film in pound shops and super markets.

Not anymore.

The last few rolls I had developed in an Asda super stores where they had dedicated counters for various photography goods. Before that, I believe it would have been either Bonusprint or Truprint but neither exist in an analogue format. The former has gone digital and the latter swallowed by Snapfish.

And so to Amazon to look for a cheap roll of film. The cheapest (that doesn't charge extra for delivery which inflates the overall price) is £7.99 for a 100 ISO roll, but it's black and white. The cheapest works out to be about £11.60 per roll. Three roles of Kodak Gold 200 ISO film.

Unfortunately, I don't know what it would cost to get it all developed. Snappy Snaps seem to be the only high-street store in the UK still offering this service. I'll venture in and find out the price before buying any film because I'm guessing it won't be cheap.

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Tags: canon, photography

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