Delta400, FP4 Plus 125, HP5 Plus 400, Tri-X 400, TMax 400

"Do they still make film?" I hear that every week. And you bet they do! I can name ten manufacturers right off the bat: Kodak, Ilford, Fujifilm, Foma, Agfa, Cinestill, Adox, Kentmere, Lomo and Rollei. (And I’m looking forward to Ferrania some time next year!)

”Isn’t film expensive?” Sure, film is more expensive here in Sweden than in some other countries, but it's not too expensive. Processing at a lab, on the other hand, is.

Let's have a look at some prices.

NOTE: I have only included film types that are easily available here in Sweden and the prices are taken from Brunos Bildverkstad, where I always buy my film. The 35mm prices refer to 36 exposure rolls only. Not priced - not available. As for slide film, large format film, chromogenic b/w and instant film.. To be honest I simply don't use them enough to care what it costs.

1-p 5-p 10-p
35mm Color Negative
Kodak Gold 200 $6,39 - -
Kodak Ektar 100 $8,21 - $63,45
Kodak Portra 160 - $48,11 -
Kodak Portra 400 - $54,63 $104,17
Kodak Portra 800 $18,12 - -
Fujifilm Pro 400H $14,34 - $130,25
Fujifilm Superia 200 - $24,64 -
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35mm B/W Negative
Ilford Delta 400 $9,00 - -
Ilford FP4 Plus 125 $7,69 - -
Ilford HP5 Plus 400 $7,17 - $65,06
Kodak Tri-X 400 $7,17 $32,46 $65,06
Kodak TMax 400 $7,17 $32,46 $65,06
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120 Color Negative
Kodak Ektar 100 - $38,98 -
Kodak Portra 160 - $38,98 -
Kodak Portra 400 - $42,89 -
Kodak Portra 800 - $76,79 -
Fujifilm Pro 400H - $52,02 -
Fujifilm Superia X-tra 400 - $44,20 -
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120 B/W Negative
Ilford Delta 400 $7,69 - -
Ilford FP4 Plus 125 $7,69 - -
Ilford HP5 Plus 400 $7,17 - -
Kodak Tri-X 400 - $33,77 -
Kodak TMax 400 - $36,38 -

Now once you've shot your roll, you'll need to develop the negatives. You can develop at home (which I’ll cover some other time) or like most people send off your roll to a lab to either make prints (usually 4”x6”) or simply scan your pictures onto a disc. Here’s where it gets awfully expensive..

The following prices are taken from an unnamed decent lab in Sweden. By "decent" I mean good quality shiny copies, good colors and no cropping. I used to send them my rolls but no more.

35mm Developing only $10,59
35mm Developing 4"x6" prints $29,34
35mm Scanning $36,67
120 Developing only $10,59
120 Developing 4"x6" prints $40,74
120 Scanning $47,26

Let's sum things up. Say you shot a roll of Portra 800 through your Fuji GW690III. You settle for one set of prints but you’d also like the pictures on a disc because maybe you want to share them on some social network. Congratulations! You’re looking at $81,36 for 8 shots. That’s $10,17 per shot. Better make ’em count! Note: This is the worst case scenario!

If you can spare the time, you can save a lot of money in long run by developing yourself. (And printing, provided that you have an enlarger). Or you can do it my way: shoot, develop, scan and inkjet print. (I got a great deal on an Epson V600 a while ago and I love it!)

So, is shooting film expensive? What do you think?