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    Quote Originally Posted by 0200903C View Post
    Not really..all you need is:

    Equiptment:

    1 developing tank 30 smthing (Ruby)
    1 dark bag 30 smthing (Ruby)
    2 measuring jugs (bought from ikea)
    1 thermometer-cum-timer (ikiea)
    1 stringe


    chems:

    Developer: Kodak HC-110, long lasting when used as a one shot developer (Ruby)
    Fixer: Ilford Rapid Fixer (Ruby) <-- u can reuse the fixer many times, so its saves costs too!
    Stopbath: Water (free)
    Photoflo (Ruby)
    Thank you once again, may I know the total cost?
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    Quote Originally Posted by eosandy View Post
    A DIY frame for inside dark bag to make it into a tent works really well for me. Makes it easier loading negs onto rolls.
    Add negative clips for hanging them during drying
    Film Scanner if u want to view & touch-up shots before printing
    Cloth, blower and fine brush for cleaning scanner glass and negs
    Negative storage pouches & binder (or filing cabinet if u have volume)
    Can use mama (dishwashing liquid) to replace the Photoflo, gives even drying and no watermarks on negs.

    With the few additions... in all I paid about 400 for whole setup, including good scanner.
    Thank you andy, may I know how much did you pay excluding the scanner?
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    Quote Originally Posted by freebsdntu View Post
    Thank you andy, may I know how much did you pay excluding the scanner?
    freebsdntu, 200 bucks would get you there no problem.
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    Total cost of equipment and chemicals, i paid 120 SGD. Very affordable.

    You can find other low cost alternatives, suggest below, borrowing from eosandy:

    A DIY frame for inside dark bag to make it into a tent works really well for me. Makes it easier loading negs onto rolls.
    [optional, i have no problem doing it without one]

    Add negative clips for hanging them during drying
    [use your household clips, those u use to secure ure clothes on the laundry line.]

    Film Scanner if u want to view & touch-up shots before printing
    [optional: can send to a reliable/trusted lab]

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    I started shooting randomly & aimlessly with Digital P&S

    Got down to business with a Yashica Electro GS & than a Bessa R3A, hopefully I will be seeing some Leica or carl zeiss glass this year for my bessa!

    Anyway, film made me less trigger happy, taught me more patience, composition skills etc. That is because films, processing & scanning cost $$$$ & with only 36 exposures or 12 exposures for medium format camera, one is forced to learn.

    I process my films either at KT, Triple D or at my neighborhood store at Eastpoint, Simei. But have been processing more lately at Simei due to it being 5mins from my place. It cost me $3.50 to process, $5 to scan. But lately I have gotten myself a scanner to save all that cost in the long run.

    If you are keen to shoot film in the long run, it is wise to safe up to get a scanner considering if U have processed+scanned more than 50rolls at the labs. It is really alot of cost savings.

    & to help save on the cost of film, I usually buy them in bulk, 10packs or more.


    For the younger generation, I suggest giving film a try or if you are more adventurous, I would recommend fully manual SLRs (e.g. olympus OM10, Nikon FM2/FE2 etc.), manual focus, manual film forwarding etc.
    or if you like taking a step further back, try your hand at Rangefinders, it is manual everything.

    Shooting film is not as simple as digital, takes time & alot of practise to cut down on mistakes etc. Starting with C41 would be good before progressing to E6 film, which isnt very forgiving(I think most of the digital generation has never heard of E6)

    You can get these cameras at a pretty decent price.
    I choose to stick to nostalgia & shoot only on Rangefinders, find them a little more challenging & rangefinders are a piece of art. Something so small & compact can take brilliant pictures & their valuation really holds, its like an investment.

    to film or not to film?!?!
    To each own I say.

    No doubt a $6 casio at the pasar malam is more accurate than my whole collection of fully mechanical timepieces, I still choose to pay a ridiculous amount to buy them & wear them. Same goes for shooting film for me, digital might just be close to perfection(some think not, so do I) but shooting in film, it is an art.

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    i love manual film advancer, part of the reason why i use film now
    to make a man broke, give him a camera
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    Quote Originally Posted by 0200903C View Post
    Total cost of equipment and chemicals, i paid 120 SGD. Very affordable.

    You can find other low cost alternatives, suggest below, borrowing from eosandy:

    A DIY frame for inside dark bag to make it into a tent works really well for me. Makes it easier loading negs onto rolls.
    [optional, i have no problem doing it without one]

    Add negative clips for hanging them during drying
    [use your household clips, those u use to secure ure clothes on the laundry line.]

    Film Scanner if u want to view & touch-up shots before printing
    [optional: can send to a reliable/trusted lab]
    Ok, thank you very much once again, I might get the set-up some time towards the end of this month, I will keep you updated with the news

    Thank you again for your continuous help so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by exhoml View Post
    i love manual film advancer, part of the reason why i use film now
    I love it too! It makes film photography so much more engaging to the photographer!!! Makes you feel like you are a part of the equipment!

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    Ahhh the smell of fixxer in the morning/afternoon/evening...
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    Use both.

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    Where to get film scanners arh?

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    Funan IT mall for flatbeds, unless you're talking about a Imacon Drum scanner, not too sure:P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yoricko View Post
    Where to get film scanners arh?
    U can get flatbeds at Sim Lim Sq.

    Am using canon 8800F, heard that Epson V500 is better. If you got spare $$ to spend, go for Epson V700!

    Or if U got even more $$$ to burn, can get nikon's dedicated film scanners.

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    All those specialized 35mm film scanners, not flatbed

    And, are they expensive? :O

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    8800F will cost approx 320 in Funan. It comes with adaptors for 35mm, 120 and slides. Oh and it's a flatbed so can do normal scanner duty as well.
    So far output is very acceptable. The scanner is FAST.
    Last edited by eosandy; 12th February 2009 at 07:29 PM.
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    What about the Epson V700 cost this days? TIA

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    700+++++

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    u can get them at sim lim or online. there is this photog store run by china national salesmen/women (not seedy tho), they hv dedicated one for abt $1K. (augh!). i use a canoscan 8800f, but the output is a lil soft. but good enough as i'm not a pro or making fine art prints... plus it's super fast for document scanning, i can throw away all my old notes n sketches etc. he heh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Royale With Cheese View Post
    I love it too! It makes film photography so much more engaging to the photographer!!! Makes you feel like you are a part of the equipment!
    So true, bro.

    My k200d doesn't get the treatment i give to my Pentacon Six and R2a
    Those two are my "ladies", and the k200d is just.. well, a tool.

    Feel guilty to my dslr.

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    Haha i know what you mean, my D300 is sulking in one corner compared to the TLC i extend towards my Rolleiflex 2.8E2 and Minolta slr.

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