Film Fridays: How to get started developing B&W film on a tight budget

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.

Read: How to get started developing B&W film at home for £25 (or less)

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.

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.
Read: How to get started developing B&W film at home for £25 (or less)
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.Read MoreArticles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

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