Frugal Photographer
Unusual and hard-to-find 35mm films

Limited time sale

Konica Pro unperforated 35mm film

Konica Pro 160 unperforated 35mm film

Konica Pro 160


Your price $49.95 USD


0 in stock at Nampa, Idaho and Only 5 in stock at Calgary, Alberta.


[Item: 35KON-PRO160]

Konica SRG unperforated 35mm film, long outdated

Konica SRG 160 unperforated 35mm film

Konica SRG 160


Your price $34.94 USD


Only 1 in stock at Nampa, Idaho and 32 in stock at Calgary, Alberta.


[Item: 35KONSR-G160]

35mm color film for experimenting

roll of Mitsubishi MX100 35mm film

Mitsubishi 35mm color film, one roll


Your price $3.49 USD


0 in stock at Nampa, Idaho and more than 50 in stock at Calgary, Alberta.


[Item: MIT13524-100]
Millions of wonderful cameras use 35mm film

35mm film is widely available, and because Frugal Photographer exists for the benefit of people who need rare and unusual film, there is no real reason for it to be offered here.

But there are exceptions. The outdated 35mm films on this page have specific uses, and are offered at a considerably lower price than fresh film.

Use the Mitsubishi film offered here to experiment with new techniques, new approaches, new world-views. Surprize yourself. Use it to test cameras. You can verify your camera's functions with this low-cost film just as well as with expensive, fresh, name-brand film. Use it to learn how to develop color film as black and white (it is not difficult).

The unperforated Konica films offered here lack the sprocket holes required by virtually all conventional 35mm cameras, with the exception of a few long-obsolete Canon SLRs. But unperfed film is a godsend to those of us infatuated with the long-gone 126 "Instamatic" cartridge. Perforated 35mm can be used in salvaged Instamatic cartridges, but the sprocket holes are non-authentic, intrude into the image area, and make film-advance a guessing game. With this unperforated film, all you need is a craft punch (readily available online or at scrapbooking stores), and a salvaged Instamatic cartridge with backing paper.

A bit of history...

35mm film came into being when Thomas Edison commercialized his motion picture camera and viewer. From about 1913 on, several companies marketed small cameras that used Edison's movie film for still pictures. But the format was not widely successful until the 1920s, with the introduction of the Leica camera, with its high-quality lenses and reloadable film cartridge.

Then, in 1934, Kodak introduced pre-loaded 35mm film cartridges. Now that it was no longer necessary to buy movie film and hand-roll it into a reuseable cartridge, photographers flocked to the new "candid camera" format, with its small, light 35mm cameras making unobtrusive photography affordable for just about anyone.

The Kodak cartridge, which they designated the "135" format, was invented for the Kodak Retina camera, but was engineered to fit the competing Leica and Contax cameras as well, which established it as an industry-wide standard. Today 135 cartridges are typically sold loaded for 24 or 36 exposures (1.3 and 1.6 meters of film, respectively).

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