|Photo: Sroyon Mukherjee|
The two responses we most often hear when citing the virtues of developing B&W film at home are ‘Isn’t it hard?’ and ‘Isn’t expensive?’. We’ve covered the first question extensively in our guide Developing film at home: everything you need to know to get started (the answer is a resounding, ‘No!’).
As for the second, our friends over at 35mmc have proof that with just a little bit of cash and by making use of common household items, you too can begin your journey into home development without breaking the bank. For around $30, you can pick up the core equipment you’ll need, plus around another $25 to get set up with chemistry. That’s about the cost of lab developing 4 rolls so… you do the math.
About Film Fridays: We recently launched an analog forum and in a continuing effort to promote the fun of the medium, we’ll be sharing film-related content on Fridays, including articles from our friends at KosmoFoto and 35mmc.
The Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 is a full-frame mirrorless camera but in a body smaller than the Micro Four Thirds GH5. It includes updates to Panasonic’s DFD autofocus system, creative photo modes, and video features that come close to matching the more expensive S1H.
Nikon’s new entry-level mirrorless full-framer feels anything but entry-level. And it may well be the model best positioned to convert remaining F-mount holdouts to Z-mount.
The Canon EOS R6 doesn’t quite live up to the full promise of its do-everything specs, but it’s a great photographers’ camera.
The Sony a9 II didn’t make a huge splash in the industry when it launched, but it’s certainly left an impression on us. Read our full review to see why it’s got the best autofocus system we’ve ever seen.