Question for MF film users on here......

Question for MF film users on here......

18 posts
27 Nov 2014
anthonyh
Photographer
anthonyh

I am now the proud owner of an 'as new' Bronica SQAi......which will nicely compliment my ETRsi. I am less than happy however with the price that is being charged for 120 B+W roll film...Ilford, a UK company, seems to want to charge more than most foreign producers.

I know there are other B+W options and wondered if anyone had tried other makes...makes other than Fuji and Kodak basically....as their prices are not much different to Ilford.

And of course....does anyone know of any UK suppliers who don't charge the earth!!

Posted 27 Nov 2014
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
Out of curiosity, how much are you paying per roll?

I'm seeing prices of ~£4 a roll for those three brands which (to me) doesn't seem excessive.

Posted 27 Nov 2014
Lorkin
Photographer
Lorkin
I used Bronicas for over 20 years and never paid less than £4 per roll so if this is the price you are seeing it is not bad at all.

Posted 27 Nov 2014
RedChecker
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RedChecker
And that price is at Calumet of all places, LOL

Posted 27 Nov 2014
eosfan
Photographer
eosfan
I doubt you will be able to better £4-£5 a roll

Posted 27 Nov 2014
anthonyh
Photographer
anthonyh
RedChecker

And that price is at Calumet of all places, LOL


Will check that out now.......
Posted 27 Nov 2014
anthonyh
Photographer
anthonyh
 There seemed to be quite a few makes like Agfa being sold on line a few months back...120 format....but can't find them at the moment.
Posted 27 Nov 2014
Edited by anthonyh 27 Nov 2014
Two_stops
Photographer
Two_stops
http://www.7dayshop.com/120-roll-film

Looks more expensive than you posted, but ask for the bulk buy options.

John
Posted 27 Nov 2014
PaulGooddy
Photographer
PaulGooddy
Not tried the foma film, although I used to use the paper for lith prints, fantastic stuff (sadly they changed the formula of the paper). You might have a look at the Rollei films (made by Agfa I think), thay are cheaper than Ilford and Fuji, Rollei retro 80s is one of my favourite films, hard to find though, Firstcall photographic sell it sometimes.

Posted 27 Nov 2014
Edited by PaulGooddy 27 Nov 2014
anthonyh
Photographer
anthonyh
I'm quite happy to experiment with some of the fringe makes of film....but they seem to have disappeared in 120 format!!

I have just put a roll of HP5 through the new Bronica and deved it and it is drying at the moment.....results look promising from a casual inspection.....maybe all the comments about the Bronica PS lenses being very underrated are true!!
Posted 27 Nov 2014
Edited by anthonyh 27 Nov 2014
Gordee
Photographer
Gordee
I've used a lot of Foma film, from 35mm to 10 by 8. I have seem the fairly rare odd mark is likely to be a manufacturing problem. That said most of the problems are my own making, so it's hard to be too critical. Rollie films are a bit cheaper; their 400iso in 120 is just is £3.19 form Firstcall- photographic.


Posted 1 Dec 2014
magpie1
Photographer
magpie1
I used FOMA film when I shot medium, and large format cameras ( a while ago now) it was, ok, a little bit grainier ISO for ISO than 'premium' stuff like Ilford. I think it had a touch of the older film technology in being a physically thicker emulsion than Ilford or Kodak. I also found Foma emulsions were physically more delicate and 'fragile' than others, so care in processing needed to prevent risk of damage damage.

Posted 1 Dec 2014
Gordee
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Gordee
magpie1

 I also found Foma emulsions were physically more delicate and 'fragile' than others, so care in processing needed to prevent risk of damage damage.


I'd certainly go along with that.  I think you are right about Foma in general producing a product that uses older technology. 
Posted 1 Dec 2014
anthonyh
Photographer
anthonyh
I have found some relatively reasonable film prices after some hunting...just wondering whether to get another twenty or so rolls now for the freezer or gamble prices will slide in the coming months. I have noticed a lot of MF kit coming onto the market so this might indicate a slowdown in demand.

I know the stuff keeps well (ish)...I'm using 2005 stuff from the freezer at the moment....the film has an overall fog and a bit more grain...but a bit of post processing sorts out the bulk of the problems quite easily.

Posted 2 Dec 2014
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