It took quite some time for me to get through the roll of Provia 100F I put in my GW690II Medium Format Rangefinder. The fact is that I had 8 shots; and total purchase and development costs were about $25. Per Roll. A bit more than $3 per shot. Worth it?
I tried my best to make every single frame count. It was tough considering that I knew that over exposure would result in crushing my highlights and that under exposure would yield unrecoverable shadows. I was metering mostly by eye for this but being careful to evaluate each scenario. When I wasn't confident with my eye I instead used the Pocket Light Meter app in my iPhone, which turned out to be a surprisingly accurate and reliable way of determining exposure.
Shooting exclusively at ISO 100 had its limitations as well; hand-held exposures indoors would be next to impossible, since the GW690II has a maximum aperture of f/3.5. For the window light portrait below, I shot at 1/30s, which made me thankful for the leaf-shutter. No mirror slapping the inside of the camera to shake the exposure.
The biggest question is was shooting this film worth it? At $3 per exposure? I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge, the thrill of knowing that there was no safety net, and no way to see the photos until at least 2 or 3 weeks after I finished the roll. And the colours...the film has colours like no other. The most beautiful thing about it is holding your film up in front of a light and seeing the frame, with no reversal necessary. Not a negative, the actual image. Scanning is easy too; have a look at the way it rendered the Pink tones here:
Yes, to me this film is worth it. Shooting slide has a very real magic, and I've got 5 more rolls on the way. I have a resource for cheaper development which should minimize my cost as much as possible, and I'm getting the film from a different source too. I will also be shooting it on a different camera, and I'm very much looking forward to that.
Do you think shooting this kind of film would be worth it to you? I'd love to hear your comments.