OK, I'll play along again. Prior to its discontinuation - and my forced switch to E100G/VS, in 35mm - I was shooting somewhere between 60 -75 rolls/year. If the film was "resurrected," I would expect to shoot at least the same amount; however, given that I moved home to the Left Coast a couple of years ago, I would most likely be shooting more...much, much more (moving back to Vancouver has given a new lease on life and lit my creative fires...the camera is now a constant companion and I am out shooting constantly, mostly colour but also a lot of black and white as well...)
In 35mm: My current colour consumption (125 - 175 rolls/year is my "guesstimate") is slightly skewed because I am in the midst of a project documenting life on Vancouver Island, a labour that will likely take another 1 -1 1/2 years to complete. Once the Ektachrome is done, I expect to be switching to Provia/Velvia, shooting, I would guess, something in the neighbourhood of 75 - 100 rolls /year. In terms of black and white, I typically shoot around of 100 -125 rolls/year of Tri-X/HP5 Plus (I use them interchangeably) along with a brick or so a year of Delta 3200.
In 2 1/4: Colour work - 50 rolls/year? - is done on Velvia 50; black and white (the majority of my medium format work) is either PanF Plus or FP4 Plus, depending upon the season. Typically, I order in 100 roll (60/40 - PanF Plus - FP4 Plus) lots from B&H or Adorama at least once every 8 months or so.
A lot of film for someone who no longer shoots professionally? Perhaps. But, a) I live on the Left Coast ( read: spectacular scenery, in the city and surrounding areas); b) I love to travel; c) I love to shoot photographs; and d) I do not, nor have I ever, owned a television set (read: I do not live a sedentary lifestyle).
At $100 a roll, I would budget for 10 a year, $50 a roll, 20, etc. basically an annual budget of $1,000 unless a special project dictated a need for more. I hardly shoot color anymore but do have some 4x5 Velvia that I intend on getting some Ilfochromes made from in the next year...
No, considering what we are talking about five is as worthless a "commitment" as is zero.
...and recall your 3rd grade arithmetic, sonny.
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