Poundland deserve some Kudos for keeping us Brits in cheap film for many years but when Agfaphoto Vista Plus 200 (AVP200) was pulled mid 2017 the dream died. Then just in December a new film appeared on the shelf at Poundland. But whilst it may be the cheapest film on the High Street, it is no bargain.
It was a miracle that Poundland kept me in cheap film well into 2017. AVP200 was basically rebranded Fujifilm C200 and a fine budget film. At a quid it was a bargain and the cheapest fresh film you could buy in the UK. But it wasn’t necessarily the cheapest by the time you added processing costs on as I’ve discussed before. This was due to the fact it was 24 Exposures making 36exp film that cost more than twice as much actually that bit cheaper.
Still it was on the High Street and even with the above still quite cheap.
AVP200’s pull from the shelves occurred around the time the pound fell. This may or may not (depending on your viewpoint ) had something to do with the Brexit vote. Many of us hoped Poundland would simply increase the cost (£2 or even £3 would have been still reasonable for a High Street roll of film). But it looked like film and Poundland had parted ways.
Then in December this appeared
The New Poundland Film
It is in fact yet again C200 just re-branded as “Power Geek”. So it costs £2 so whats my problem ?
Take a look at the exposure count. Yes that is just 10exp !!!
Now lets add in processing costs. For this exercise I’ll use those nice folk at Digital Photo Express Carlisle’s 2 day D&P and scan service. This costs £5.99 a roll so buy and processing our Power Geek film works out as 80p a frame
That’s the price of a Instax Mini Frame on a good day !!
On the high street
So I crossed the road to Boots, the only other film Purveyor on the most UK high Streets. I was slightly shocked initially to find their cheapest colour film was C200 (36exp) costing a whopping £7.99. That’s grossly overpriced by anyone’s standards. Currently if you buy a 5 pack of Kodak Portra 160 a pro film on Amazon.co.uk at the time of typing each roll will be less than that.
However it still works out half the price of the Power Geek by the time you add in D&P +scan. Just 39p a frame
A better deal was the Ilford XP2 C-41 Monochromatic film. At £6.99 although not cheap for this great film, not that bad on the high street. It works out as 36p a frame.
Online bargain alternatives
Even the Kodak Portra mention above works out cheaper with a per frame cost just below that of the C200
Of course going for entry level films online can reduce costs further. Currently on eBay you can buy 10x C200 36exp for £24.99 fresh. Thats just 49p more a roll for over 3x the number of frames. It works out as 24p a frame. Kodak Colour Plus can be found for about the same or just a bit more if buying in 10+ rolls
The cheapest film on sale by a trusted vendor is slightly expired (july 2018) C200 24exp. First call are selling it for a mere £1.50 a roll but you’ll need to buy a lot to make the £7,99 Postage worthwhile. Still 20 rolls will set you back £37.99 (£1.89 a roll). That works out as 32p a shot.