I go through quite a bit of film these days, primarily black and white 35mm and 120. I became interested in loading bulk film onto reloadable 35mm film cassettes. There was an economical argument, but I also was intrigued by the control of the process of loading film onto the spool and learning that part of film photography.I’d like to share some of my experiences and perspective with loading bulk film. And to spoil the answer to the question: is it worth it? It depends. But for me, it has been worth it.
My father was a documentary photographer and shot a Leica in the 1950s and 60s. He photographed my brother and me all the time when we were growing up in Switzerland, mainly with his Minolta SLRs (in the mid-to-late 60s and 70s, yes I am dating myself!). I learned the craft of photography as a young teenager (including some darkroom skills), and my first camera was a Yashica SLR (I don’t remember the model!). Fast forward many years, and I have been shooting Nikon digital SLR and Nikon mirrorless cameras professionally and for many personal projects.