I was a bit chocked - and I don't know why I totally missed this. Perhaps because I wasn't really buying anything analog for a while, in the area of traditional photography, such as chemicals, films and papers (from Germany).

It seems now most common, that when you buy something in other countries within the EU, that you pay the TAX of the country you are living in - regardless. So, if Germany has 19%, and i live in Sweden - i have to pay 25% for everything. A sort of EU directive for Internet sales ? Most likely... Of course not in the interest of the EU citizens, nor that they voted for such BS. Earlier it was always legit that you pay the TAX in the country you are buying from within the EU. If it was lower in comparison to Sweden, then you paid the countries lower tax. End of the story.

No more. And the funny thing is - that you do not even know WHERE the TAX money is really going. I mean do you really, truly think that when you buy from German Amazon, and you pay a sort of fictive Swedish tax of 25% - that it goes to Sweden ?

I don't think so. And Sweden doesn't think so either (The authorities here do not if I buy something from UK - in which is not NOT withdrawn at Amazon, if the seller is UK, buy you buy via Germany (and i doubt it will be withdrawn if you order via Amazon UK) . So, when the package arrives in Sweden puts another 25% tax on top.

 

Cluster Fuck Effect

What happesn now, is a negative spiral of combined factors, like in this example, analog and partially also digital photography. Like a negative cluster-fuck effect, if you like.

• The generally much higher inflation of course.
• The exceptionally weak Swedish Krona against the Euro
• To pay Swedish 25% tax now, and not the German 19% tax, from which you buy the proucts from.
• The internal extreme price hikes on photographical products (film price has increased enormously).


Silly, stupid oh-so-ah-important Influencers

So, while stupid influencers still insist on holding onto the argument, that hey - film isn't really that expensive in today's prices when compared with the past. Yeah right - time to wake up, stupids.

Of course analogue film has gotten very expensive and the price increases have gotten very steep, and become almost extreme - despite of already 200-300 % earlier increases. When is enough enough ? When when do such fucks actually understand, that hey, it ain't just "normal price hikes" anymore.

I guess, You can't fix stupid

 

 

5 liter • Compared C-41 film chemicals

I just checked the 5 liter C-41 chemicals for developing color negative films. Well, the price of the package has hiked up to 75 € already [and Fuji's is 5 liter kit is 105 €)

The Compard kit used to be 49-56 € a couple years ago. But on top comes 19 € Swedish 25% tax instead of 19% German - and of course shipping 10 € (which by the way is still a very good price). But - I end up with twice the price anyway - 1196 SEK - because the Swedish Krona is very weak against the Euro.

Result ? More than 80% more expensive in just a very short time, when I last ordered a year ago.

I used to pay around 650 SEK...

That makes me sad, because it eats into the margins with such big steps ... that I start to wonder, how far am I willing to go with color photography the old style ? I don't even want to look at color negative films anymore, because a roll easily cost 25 €. No matter if it's 36 smaller negatives, or a futile 10 larger negatives - they are both Just One Film Roll.

25 €. One. Frikking. Roll of Color Film.

 

The delight (& challenge) dealing with Classic Film Material

I still have analog color films at home, frozen and in the fridge - so i thought, i may had to add more chemicals, for the time I am developing more colors films. But after that... I think, I am done with color negative films in the future. Which I think is OK, given the thousands of film rolls I am still having to digitalize... I think i have enough work with that, for the rest of my life *LOL*

But - it is about the feeling, a tradition, an an experience, to deal with real film material, you know. It is more physical, more real - and fun sometimes to work with it. You also get to work with cameras and lenses - that are very different compared to digital cameras and lenses.

It has a flair of legends over it. To deal with huge analog studio cameras and lenses... is very special. To develop film negatives, is cool. And to deal with them, even to scan them, trying to get them into looking really "analog" albeit they turn digital... is such a delight (when you are in the mood, I mean !).


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