A Filipino’s Guide To First Time Film Photography

Words and Graphics by Nadine Bufi Photos by Nadine Bufi and Cody Bundoc Something about shooting on film makes everything seem more magical— maybe it’s that you can’t guarantee whether it was a good shot right after taking it, or the happy surprises you stumble upon once you get your roll back. Magic feeling aside, it […]

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Words and Graphics by Nadine Bufi

Photos by Nadine Bufi and Cody Bundoc

Something about shooting on film makes everything seem more magical— maybe it’s that you can’t guarantee whether it was a good shot right after taking it, or the happy surprises you stumble upon once you get your roll back. Magic feeling aside, it also takes a whole lot of commitment and definitely a bit of cash.

With that aside, here is checklist once you do begin on your analog journey!


Finding a Camera

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1. Lomomanila Marketplace

Lomomanila is a Facebook buy and sell group headed by Manila’s many film photographers. There are daily posts on all kinds of cameras—whether it’s a point and shoot, rangefinders, or SLRs. There are tons of choices here but it is important to be wary of the people you purchase from (especially since Facebook doesn’t have strict selling rules).

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2. Film4Ever

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SOLD Nikon TW2D with Nikon 35/70mm Macro lens All settings working Flash working Lens has no haze, no fungus Body shows signs of wear Takes a CRP2 battery Php 3,000 FREE SHIPPING

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Film4Ever is an instagram shop dedicated to finding a camera for you. They do meetups in Katipunan, Project 4, and Cubao but also ship nationwide. The prices at pages like this tend to go higher for similar cameras but you can guarantee the quality as compared to Facebook groups.

3. Film Folk / Satchmi

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Another versatile B&W disposable cam. Very very easy to use! 1f609 - A Filipino’s Guide To First Time Film Photography Available now at film-folk.com, also available in any Satchmi branches. #filmisnotdead

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If you want to try the feel and aesthetic of film but can’t quite commit to a full camera yet, try a disposable one! They sell a range of them in Satchmi (UP Town Center and SM Megamall). Some of the disposable film cams you can score here are the Fujifilm Simple Ace, Ilford’s B&W disposables, the Japanese Streetpan Kassha, and the Lomo Simple Use camera.


Film Finds

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1. Film Folk / Satchmi

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Here's another film that's back in stock!! Our Kodak Colorplus has always been a bestselling colored film not only for the vibrant colors, but the affordable price as well. Get it now at http://film-folk.com and our outlets at Satchmi, SM Megamall and UP Town!

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Satchmi x Filmfolk is back on the list! Kodacolor and Fuj is a pretty basic film stock that is good to start with because of the low price point. This leaves room for mistakes and you won’t be too broken-hearted if some of the photos don’t turn out well.

2. Wonder Photo

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Wonderphoto regularly stocks their Fujicolor 200 and is also a budget-friendly first film. It retails at P215, the cheapest out of the other film stocks on the list.

3. Film_Finds

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Aaaand it’s baaackkk!! 1f49b - A Filipino’s Guide To First Time Film Photography Kodak ColorPlus 200 is one of the cheapest color negative films by Kodak nowadays. It can be compared to Fuji C200 or Agfa Vista 200. Perfect for beginners and casual shooters. Stocks are running out fast so hurry and order yours now!! 1f39e - A Filipino’s Guide To First Time Film Photography3030 - A Filipino’s Guide To First Time Film Photography #filmfindsph #filmphotography #lomomanila #filmfindsonhand

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Kodak ColorPlus 200 is at the price range as Fujicolor 200! As the name states, I personally believe that this particular film has more saturated colors than it’s Fuji equivalent.


Develop + Scan

*Prices included are for C41 / colored film

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1. Sunny 16 Lab

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Sunny 16 Lab named Asia’s premiere Film + Digital processing lab currently has 3 locations for drop-offs in Metro Manila and a 4th on the way.

DROP OFF SITES 

  • Satchmi, UP Town Center
  • Satchmi, SM Megamall Fashion Hall
  • 20b East Maya Dr, Philam Homes (Mon-Sat, 9am-6pm)

Sunny 16 offers various packages for different film types.

Type C41 (Color)

Develop/ Scan Rate Php 200/ roll

Turnaround time 3-5 days

2. Fotofabrik

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DROP OFF SITES 

  • Fotafabrik Studio, 25 Scout Tuazon cor. Scout Lozano, Quezon City
  • Escolta Dental Center, Unit 458-A Regina Building Escolta St. Binondo, Manila
  • R&L Point Dental – 2nd FLR SM City Masinag, Antipolo City

Type C41 (Color)

Develop/ Scan Rate Php 90/ roll

Turnaround time 1 week

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Shooting film, although far from the uncomplicated click on a smartphone, is rewarding in more ways than one. Give it a go and you’ll understand! #FilmIsNotDead

Have you tried film photography? Let us know in the comments!

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