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View Poll Results: On average, how often do you shoot a roll of film?
Rarely 38 7.12%
1-6 per year 37 6.93%
7-12 per year 74 13.86%
2-3 per month 164 30.71%
4-10 per month 163 30.52%
10+ per month 58 10.86%
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Old 01-19-2017   #121
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I voted 10+ per month. That's an average. I"m sure some months I shoot many more, and some many less.

How many sheets of 4x5 count as a "roll"?
Four sheets of 4x5 have about the same surface area as a 35mm 36 exp. roll.
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Ten rolls of black & white, mostly 36 Tri-X, some Fuji Acros over Christmas.

One roll left to develop! Tri-X with D-76, 1 plus 3, Acros with Rodinal, stand development.

Now I have darkroom work!
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Old 01-20-2017   #123
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I'm somewhere around 2-3 per month.

I'd have time to shoot more if it wasn't for that pesky job I have that enables me to buy film.... and eat.... and live indoors.
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Old 01-23-2017   #124
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Four sheets of 4x5 have about the same surface area as a 35mm 36 exp. roll.
When taking into account not just surface area, but time, effort, development, and all the rest, I'd say four sheets is just about the perfect "Equivalence" to a roll of 35mm 36 exp.

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Old 02-10-2017   #125
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To the question of how much film I have in storage: this is what I wish I had around. Instead I have about 25 rolls, mostly Fomapan 200 and 400 and Kodak Tri-X. That is about one year's supply. I am held back by lack of time.
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Can't see what I voted before, but now I think I'm hovering between 4-10/mo and 10+/mo. My wife isn't happy how much room the films are taking in the fridge and freezer.
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I shoot 90% on my MP, in fact until about 6 months its been my only camera. I caved and ordered the M10 so that might change.

Currently I think I shoot about 7-10 rolls a week. Mostly street stuff, but Im always shooting something.

I try to process and print most of it at home, however I usually send some out when I get backed up. Probably about 50/50 home/lab.
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Old 02-10-2017   #128
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10 rolls a week means a 24/24h job ....
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Old 02-10-2017   #129
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None. I don't own a gun and even if I did, I wouldn't shoot film.

But I make quite a few images with film.
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Old 08-22-2017   #130
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None. I don't own a gun and even if I did, I wouldn't shoot film.

But I make quite a few images with film.
It's interesting that some words have more than one meaning depending on the context. I mean shoot, open up you're mind before I shoot off and get the dictionary.

This gets pretty tiring, it might have been clever or even mildly funny in 1965, but I doubt it.
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Old 08-22-2017   #131
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My film history isn't a perfect fit for any category here. If I'm working on a project, I will shoot a roll a day or more. When I'm between projects, I shoot less than a roll a month. I even 'went digital' for a couple years, and shot no film whatsoever. Last month I shot eight rolls, as I'm working on a 'daily update' kind of project.

Of the choices, my answer could be the rough average: 1 roll/week which fits in "4-10 a month" at the low end. But my preferred answer would be: "It varies, depending on when you ask".
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Old 08-22-2017   #132
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"It varies, depending on when you ask".

That really sums it up for me too.
My usage is conditioned by subject matter.
It just wouldn`t be appropriate or economical for day long events.
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Old 08-23-2017   #134
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Old 08-29-2017   #135
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8 rolls a year, and I'm trying - usually ended up with 5 7.5 rolls of crap...not really feeling "inspired"
36 exp rolls take forever
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Old 08-29-2017   #136
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Not much at all... None last year.... 2 1/2 rolls of 120 this year.... Hate to say it the whole digital workflow once I figured out how it works for me is just so much better I'm way more organized/editing shooting digital... Only reason to shoot film is just cause and you feel like using the a certain camera...Plus I shoot way more color now than B&W...Started to do some digital B&W with the Fuji X-Pro2 in 1:1 crop mode boy its really good comparing it to some of my Hasselblad B&W stuff... I've got a bunch of rolls of film from over the years that haven't processed not sure when I will... This is coming from someone that used to shoot 90% film and 10% digital... The tables have been turned completely...
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Old 09-04-2017   #137
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2-3 rolls 35mm and a roll of 120 a month. B&W processed at home in HC110 and farmed out color.
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Old 09-11-2017   #138
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Depending on if there´s something to do in the area, 5 - 10 rolls a month on Fomapan 100 and 400 (as 200) and Eastman 5222 on 250 in Rodinal/Adonal or HC-110 and some 120 and 70mm film.
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Old 09-19-2017   #139
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62 rolls developed and scanned up to now (mix of 35mm and 120mm) with 15 rolls of exposed but undeveloped 120mm and 3 rolls of 35mm still to be scanned.
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Old 09-21-2017   #140
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So far I've finished two rolls in about 12 months. I've never been great at even starting rolls as I'd be far too much of a cowardy-custard to believe any would turn out well enough. I've had so many cameras that I haven't even put a film in that it's a bit of a disgrace.

Anyway, I've now got 7 cameras and a film in six of them. I'm in the middle of colour films in my Fed 2 and in my Agfa Super Solinette, but these are just 'tester films' to see if the cameras work alright.
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Old 10-08-2017   #141
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I would normally shoot only a two or three rolls a month, although with the last two weeks of events in Barcelona I am averaging that almost every day.

One question for people that shoot a lot (quantity) of film all the time - how on earth do you manage to keep up with the processing, scanning and archiving? I have been processing blocks of four films at a time, but it takes two to three hours for each - not counting the drying times...

Trying to do this while also running around following the street protests and also trying to find any time for work is proving incredibly difficult.
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Old 02-04-2018   #142
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A roll or three of 35mm a week and a couple of 120 too. Maybe a 5x7 thrown in for good measure.
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In the last six to nine months? None. I've gotten to the point where I simply can't be bothered with developing and scanning film when I can get the look I want from my digital cameras. When the weather gets better I'll probably blow the dust off a couple of medium-format cameras and my M3, perhaps put a roll or two through each, but the overwhelming majority of my photographic needs are now taken care of by my Fuji digitals and Ricoh GR.
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Old 04-13-2018   #144
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Usually use ISO 100 or ISO 400.

One 35mm B&W roll per quarter

One 120 roll B&W per quarter

Six 4x5 B&W sheets per quarter

I develop and print or develop and scan my own film.

The subject matter varies depending on my personal preference.
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In the last six to nine months? None. I've gotten to the point where I simply can't be bothered with developing and scanning film when I can get the look I want from my digital cameras. When the weather gets better I'll probably blow the dust off a couple of medium-format cameras and my M3, perhaps put a roll or two through each, but the overwhelming majority of my photographic needs are now taken care of by my Fuji digitals and Ricoh GR.
Similar here... 9 years ago I loaded some Fuji NPS 160 in a camera with a new lens on it, and shot some of the roll. It has sat unused since. I chose digital...
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1 roll of 35mm and 1 roll 120. Both just to test cameras are functioning prior to potential sell off
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In the last six to nine months? None. I've gotten to the point where I simply can't be bothered with developing and scanning film when I can get the look I want from my digital cameras. When the weather gets better I'll probably blow the dust off a couple of medium-format cameras and my M3, perhaps put a roll or two through each, but the overwhelming majority of my photographic needs are now taken care of by my Fuji digitals and Ricoh GR.
More or less the same for me now.
I finished a roll in my M3 the other week but no keepers.

I have some interesting film in the fridge and that will probably keep me going for 18 months or more.

A ten pack of HP5 seems to last me a couple of years now
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I seem to be in the minority!

Last week I shot 6 rolls of film, the week earlier 10 rolls of film and I'm probably looking at around 20 rolls this week.

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I am now loading re-usable cassettes from a 100' roll of FP4+.
I'm loading by hand and try to load about 3 feet of film per load.
By loading shorter lengths I want to be shooting an entire, shorter, roll per outing, and developing a tank-full, 4 reels, at once.
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Not too much. More instant film packs than most any other.

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First time I have looked at this thread. Yikes. The “film renaissance” thing might be an internet myth from the evidence here.

From a post above: “One question for people that shoot a lot (quantity) of film all the time - how on earth do you manage to keep up with the processing, scanning and archiving?”


I’m retired. Otherwise it would be impossible. I seem to prefer the film esthetic, so will persist at 80% film, 20% digital until I change my mind about the esthetic, or just wear down and submit to the dominant paradigm, crushed under the unremitting boot of progress, whichever comes first. Perhaps I will get an iphone, they seem popular.
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Larry, I hope (and believe) RFF is not a very good gauge of the entire world of photography, and film photography in particular.
I have been making it a practice to do extra prints, and give them to the people that appear in my pictures, if I can. I shoot mainly B&W and make injet prints.
Without fail, folks love to get the print, and remark that they love B&W, and hardly ever get to hold a print of any picture they take, it is just all on their phone or computer.
I don't believe you or I or anyone will quit taking pictures if film dries up. Also I believe there will always be enough film being made for us to shoot one more roll.
I remember the saying about how Henry Ford destroyed the "Buggy Whip Industry" and found out recently that anyone can buy a buggy whip, several styles and models in all price ranges, on the internet today.
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I stopped making pics digital so I sold the whole crap except my iPhone. For the rest I am working on film only in B&W and color and I am printing both in my darkroom. For B&W I am printing with a Heiland Split Grade and for RA-4 color with a FEM-Kunze CFL-4012 analyzer. My workflow is at the moment less then 20 films in a year, both 35mm and 120 roll film format. My favorite gear: M7 (Leica) and the Cosina Voigtlander Bessa III R.F. cameras. However I love my MAMIYA 645 Pro and my Russian and Ukrainian R.F. cameras too (Zorki-6, FED-3 and Kiev-4AM).
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Sadly less and less 35mm and medium format, old age is making the darkroom so much of a chore. First of this year from a total of 5 films I only managed to do 1 roll Sending film out is just to much for my budget, And the wife and I are finally getting close to selling out and going RVing full time.

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I don’t think I can go back and change my vote but I’m shooting quite a lot more than I was when I first responded to this poll. I started developing at home again for the first time since the mid 1990s and I also started bulk loading so it has increased my shooting about four-fold. I’m now shooting about 1-4 rolls per week of black and white. A mix of 35mm, 120 and some 127.
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I usually shoot 2-3 rolls of 35mm and 1-2 rolls of 120 per month...
Well I'm now shooting 100-150 rolls of 35mm per year, and earlier this year I also started making darkroom prints. The next step is bulk loading, which will start next week...
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