The cost of almost everything, including photographic film, is climbing at an alarming rate in the early months of 2022. In particular, I have been following the prices of ISO 400 black and white film, which I use almost exclusively.
At the high end is Kodak Tri-X. A 5-pack of 120 Tri-X was about $48 when I looked last week. A 100’ roll of 135 Tri-X was about $145. That works out to about $9.60 for a 12-exposure roll of 120 and about $3.60 for a 12-exposure bulk loaded roll of 135.
At the low end is Arista EDU Ultra 400. A single roll of 120 film is about $6.00. A 100’ roll of 135 film is about $64, which translates to about $1.60 for a 12-exposure bulk loaded roll.
The prices of the developing chemicals I use have increased too, but not so dramatically, and they are still quite low compared with the prices of the film.
I have no intention of giving up on film, but I am going to have to take the rising prices, and the likelihood that we are nowhere near the end of the increases, into consideration when deciding how to continue.