Film processing at home: inexpensive.

One of my generous readers, Mark, upon reading Part 1 of my How I process B&W film series, decided to take the dive into home developing.

Even though he is a fellow Canadian, I recommended B&H* in New York as a one-stop shopping place to get all the necessary equipment.

So how much does it actually cost to set-up home developing? 

Mark graciously sent a copy of his bill to me to share with you:

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*There is no advertising on this site, so I do derive no financial benefit by providing the link to B&H.

*Note: There is no advertising on this site, so I do not benefioviding the link to B&H… I’m just a very satisfied customer._


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Total cost including shipping: under US$135!

These are very exciting times for Mark, and I hope for many of you reading this.

Thank you again Mark, for graciously sharing this information.

—Peter.

8 thoughts on “Film processing at home: inexpensive.

  1. jasonehowe says:

    Mmmm, thats really going to depend on where you live…….I just happen to have the receipt on my desk from my recent purchase of Ilford Rapid Fixer (1ltr), equivalent to US$28.00 from the cheapest place in NZ.

    That aside, it’s fantastic to see people diving in to this with such enthusiasm, good on you Mark.

    Nice work Peter, very worthwhile posts!!

    Cheers

    Jason

    • Prosophos says:

      Ouch, that is quite a mark up. That’s one of the reasons I recommend B&H, although I suspect the shipping charges to NZ would be a lot higher.

      Thanks Jason, for your appreciation of the posts.

      • Steve says:

        Shipping isn’t actually all too bad from B&H to NZ if you order in bulk – Ended up paying for 50 rolls of tri-x and 15 rolls of plus-x, enough XTOL to make 15 liters and 100 neg sleeves for 700NZD, about half the price of the film cost alone if I bought locally (35 bucks for 25 neg sleeves is akin to theft, and they don’t sell XTOL here at all).

  2. 38jumbo says:

    Great info, great post on B&W, thanks Peter!

  3. Paul says:

    Great article, thanks.

    Worth categorising these items into essential and non-essential items. For example, you could do without: changing bag (cupboard, dark room, etc), cassette opener (a kitchen tin opener works), clips (try bull dog clips from the office stationary cupboard).

    • Prosophos says:

      Thanks Paul! Yes, of course… there are many variations and possibilities. As I’ve written before, I am sharing my own approach, and not “the” approach. I hope, though, for those who have never processed their own film, that my articles serve as helpful resources.

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