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Where is the cheapest place to get B&W film?
Depends on what kind of film. If you go to a flea market, I bet you can find some 50 year old B&W for like $2 for 100'.
Then search for Arista.edu Ultra. That will get you rebranded Fomapan that will be the best cheap film currently available in North America. You will find better; you may find cheaper; you will not find better for a lower price.
Hope this helps.
Their arista.edu and arista.edu ultra prices are hard to beat.
For a little bit more per roll, you can bulk load your own, if you're willing to take the time. If you ignore the cost of a bulk loader (presumably going to last you years for $30), the price of bulk-loaded Tri-X drops to a little over $2 per 36-exposures including reusable canisters ($.50 apiece, 5-7 rolls per).
That Arista.edu Ultra is hard to beat. You can get a bulk roll of the 100ASA for $17.99. I think the Fomapan 100 is very close to Agfa APX100 so I bet its a really good film. If you want to go up the price range a bit you can get Neopan 400 in bulk from Megaperls in Japan for $29. Acros 100 for about the same price.
how do I leverage a bulk loading package? Do I have to create my own 35mm reel canister?
You don't even need to buy anything other than film. Get some empty cannisters from a photo developing place, they have an end of film sticking out. In the dark, tape that end to a length of bulk film the length of your outstretched arms, and wind it on (all in the dark) using any old camera with a manual rewind lever which you have left open next to your other stuff. I do it 4 rolls at a time, it eliminates the risk of dust and scratching from bulk-loader, and just chuck the used cannister when you're done, eliminating the risk of light-leaks and dust from reused cannisters. Give it a shot,
How about for those of us in Canada?
I tend to pick up processing included film in Ottawa.
Don't you still have to seal the rolled up film in a light tight canister? How do you go about doing that?
I just stick it back in the can & put it in a black plastic photo paper bag.
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