As you probably know, these days I enjoy making photographs with cameras from the golden age of the digital camera.
But from 2012-2017 I shot extensively on film too, mostly 35mm, but a fair amount of medium format with my Holga 120N too.
The reasons I stopped shooting film in early 2017 are multiple.
Near the top was the cost.
Although I used fairly cheap supermarket processing, which equated to about £4 a roll, when you add in the purchase cost of the film, at the minimum in the heyday of Poundland AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 200 at £1 a roll, this still meant £5 a roll all in.
Most months I’d shoot 10-12 rolls, so it was costing £50-60 a month.
When the Poundland Vista Plus supplies dwindled, the next cheapest was expired Fujifilm Superia 100, which bought in bulk was around £2.50 a roll.
Plus the £4 processing, makes £6.50. Or £65-78 a month at my preferred shooting rate.
It just wasn’t sustainable for me.
Another significant factor was discovering old Pentax DSLRs with CCD sensors like the K10D (which I bought in 2017) and the K100D and K-m, which I finally bought examples of last year, 2019.
Their lovely sensors, combined with Pentax’s wonderful lenses, started to give me images that, whilst not indistinguishable from film photos, had huge appeal in themselves, especially in colour.
So what was my final roll of film?
Rummaging back through my Flickr archives it seems the last roll I shot and uploaded was expired Truprint FG+ 200 in my then favourite film compact, the lovely little Olympus LT-1.
I still have a couple of 35mm film cameras, my Contax 139 Quartz and Asahi Spotmatic F, and few rolls of that expired Superia 100 in the freezer.
But I can’t see me shooting film again any time soon.
How about you? What was the last roll of film you shot, and when?
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