It's been a while since I've shot on film, and I had a reminder this week as to why I've all but abandoned the venerable old medium.Yesterday I was on my way up to the Memorial Day party that I'vealready posted a few photographs from, but needed some supplies so I made a stop at Walgreens. Walgreens does film development, and they conveniently place their prices up on a sign by the counter. A twenty-four exposure roll is processed at Walgreens for $6.99 USD.
24 exposures for $6.99, making it just shy of 30 cents per frame.
As of last night I've shot over 8,945 frames. At 30 cents a frame, that would put me at $2,683.50 in film processing fees alone. I spentapproximately $4,500 on my kit back in October of 2007. The body of the 40D was $1,299 USD... so it has already more than paid for itself and (surprisingly enough) two of my lenses, with us well on the way to paying off a third.
Don't get me wrong, I love film... but hot damn, I love me some technology when it helps pay for itself like this.
As I mentioned in the crossposting disclaimer, I wrote this about a month ago. I've only shot more pictures since then (the most recent file number in LightRoom is 9,068 and I've got probably another 100 or so on the Compact Flash card in the camera that need to be offloaded), so my ROI continues!