To those who develop their own black and white film, what was the starting cost of it all? For the third time my local "pro" lab has severely underdeveloped my film and I'm pretty fed up with it. Just looking for roughly how much the start up cost would be. Thanks everyone!
I just started doing it myself this fall. Our local photo store is expensive, but since the big guys won't ship chemicals in the U.S., it was the only option I knew of at the time. That said, I do want to keep them in business so I probably would have still bought from them.
So the cost for me was about $25 for a tank that held 2 rolls of 135 or 1 roll of 120. The chemistry was roughly $55 (d-76, fixer, stop and photo-flo). I had film clips and measuring cylinders from my dad's darkroom days.
Then the extras and this is where I probably went overboard. I stepped into the kitchen section of the local big box store and bought 3 plastic pitchers for mixing and labeled each, 3 rubber coated whisks and labeled each, 3 funnels (you get the idea). Maybe $25 to $30.
I went and bought nine 32 oz bottles of hydrogen peroxide (brown bottles). Total was about $9
Grand Total for me was somewhere in the ballpark of $90 to $100.