If you are able to bulk load film you can save your students a bundle of money. The Arista 400 from
Freestyle for $24.99 is an excellent film and by bulk loading 20exp rolls the cost works out to $1 a
roll. I charge my students $1 for the film and collect $1 deposit on the cartridge so that it gets
returned for refills.
I have started however to use Ultrafine ISO 400 film ($19.40/100') from Photo Warehouse, 120
Bernoulli Circle, Oxnard, CA 93030 (1-800-922-5484). The film is a little less expensive, they
ship quicker than Freestyle, and I have not noticed any difference in quality. If bulk loading
isn't your favorite activity, you can purchase prelaoded ultrafine film 24exp for $1.39/roll in lots
of 100, or $1.69 in lots of 5. It also comes with ISO 125 which I have never used.
My students love, and so do I, Ilford Pan-F film (ISO 50) which can be purchased at Photo Warehouse
for $1.35 each in lots of 10 or more. Off-brand photo paper is also available at good prices. I
bulk load 5x7" RC MG paper for $3.00/25sheets. The students make their own black storage bags out
of heavy black builders plastic and electrical tape.
Hope this helps take the bite out of the cost of photo materials.
Souhegan High School
Amherst, NH 03031