Starting all over again.
When Torri and I committed to retiring and leaving California, I made a decision about photography that, at the time, seemed sound.
After a few choppy years of on-again-off-again picking up the cameras – totally ignoring my film camera collection – I gave a bunch of my black and white film developing stuff to one of the student interns working in the office, a young lady who was pretty much just starting out as a film shooter.
She got my Paterson tank and extra reels, a dark bag, my notebook with dev charts and notes, all the little accessories that made for loading magic in that little black bag, and the plastic bucket that held it all.
I gave a bunch of my black and white film developing stuff to one of the student interns working in the office.
So, now I’m retired. And after 4 years, we’re settled into our new Texas life. I have plenty of time on my hands. I also have a decent stash of expired 120 and 35mm film, along with a bunch of old Fuji peel apart and some random other bits of film that needs to be used up.
Turns out that was definitely a hasty decision. I’m about to rebuild my film developing set-up.
Digging around in my “archive” I found an old article I snagged from the Web back in July 2006 by Justin Ouellette of (now defunct) chromogenic.net fame that explained all things required to develop black and white film for a reasonable $49.38. Step-by-step in a conversational voice.
Justin’s post was really good and it got me quickly up to speed, seeing as I hadn’t developed black and white since 1969-70!
Here’s his 2006 shopping list…
- Kodak D-76 Developer (powder, makes 1 gallon) – $5.49
- Kodak Fixer (powder, makes 1 gallon) – $5.19
- Kodak Photo-Flo 200 (4 oz. bottle) – $3.95
- Omega Universal Developing Tank w/ 2 adjustable reels – $16.95
- Kalt Stainless Steel Film Clips (set of 2) – $3.95
- (2) Delta Datatainer One-Gallon Chemical Storage Bottles – $2.95 each
- Delta Datatainer 32 oz. Chemical Storage Bottle – $1.95
- 16 oz. Funnel – $1.50
- 20 oz. Graduated Beaker – $4.50
By comparison, here’s what these same – or close to same – items go for today, with a few things added that’ll fit my specific needs, each linked to their source…
- Kodak D-76 Developer (powder, makes 1 gallon) – $6.95
- Kodak Fixer (powder, makes 1 gallon) – $12.95
- Kodak Photo-Flo 200 Solution (16 oz) – $7.95
- Paterson Multi-Reel 3 Developing Tank – $32.95
- Paterson Auto Load Adjustable Reel for Super System 4 Tanks – $8.99 (3 @ $26.97)
- Delta 1 Stainless Steel Film Clips (Pack of 10) – $19.95
- Delta 1 Datatainer Chemical Storage Bottle 128-oz (One Gallon) – $9.95 (2 @ $19.90)
- Delta 1 Datatainer Storage Bottle (32 oz) – $3.99
- 16 oz. Funnel – $4.95
- 64 oz. Plastic Beaker (Ounce and Metric Graduations) – $17.95
- Film Changing Bag – $21.99
- 2 gallon plastic bucket – $3.85
- 35mm archival negative sleeves @ 25 binder pages – $5.99
- 120 archival negative sleeves @ 25 binder pages – $5.95
It totals up to $192.29 – naturally, some of the items cost quite a bit more than they did in 2006!
It’s likely this list will grow…