SINGAPORE: As a teenager, Ms Trisha Lim gave up on film photography simply because the hobby was way too highly-priced on her student’s price range.

In 2021, a couple of many years into her vocation in communications, she considered it may possibly be the suitable time to get back into the interest, highly-priced as it was.

But with the cost of film steadily climbing, Ms Lim, now 28 years outdated, is not sure if she will continue pursuing movie photography.

“I’m very on the fence. When I finally use (my stash) up, I guess I’ll see how much movie fees at that level,” she reported. Ms Lim has all around 15 rolls of movie that she purchased overseas or on on the internet platforms this kind of as Shopee and Carousell.

“I’m kind of hoarding what I have still left, and I really don’t know if I’ll even continue bring about it is definitely highly-priced.”

Nonetheless, at the similar time, she recognises that it would be a waste if she stops taking pictures film, considering the fact that she has already invested in movie cameras.

Electronic cameras and cell phone apps which attempt to mimic film images are still missing some thing, said Ms Lim.

“If the electronic answers can replicate it correctly, it is a no-brainer, speedy soar (more than to electronic).”

Film IS “Pretty Serious, Incredibly RELATABLE”

As not long ago as right before the COVID-19 pandemic strike in 2020, a roll of movie could charge significantly less than S$4 (US$2.96), shop entrepreneurs explained to CNA.

One particular of the cheaper films on the industry, the Kodak ColorPlus 200 35mm, now fees involving S$11 to S$18, checks by CNA discovered.

Ms Lim paid all-around S$12 for a roll of Fujifilm 200 35mm on Shopee last year. Listings nowadays are inquiring for about S$20.

“Prices retain growing,” explained Mr Ong Tee Huat of Whampoa Colour Centre store in Balestier. “This year, there have been two or 3 hikes by suppliers presently.”

Store owners explained price ranges increased just after a revival in desire 3 or four a long time back, and that most of their prospects now are aged concerning their late teens and 30s.

“Young folks are weary of participating in with their phones. Given that the pandemic, a good deal of them have been checking out film,” Mr Ong explained in Mandarin.

Mr Ken Ng, co-owner of Joo Ann Foh Color Services, stated the vibrance of electronic colors on mobile phones is also a great deal for some of his customers.

“They obtain film color pretty serious to them, quite relatable,” he stated.

Youthful older people who spoke to CNA also stated film photography will make them far more intentional about the pictures they acquire.

“Shooting film helps make me imagine about what I am doing, and it can make me believe much more about specifically what variety of impression I’m making an attempt to seize,” claimed Mr Nikolas Lim, 25, who will work in the finance market.

“Also, mainly because it is pricey, each and every shot you acquire can be almost S$1, you have to be very exact,” he claimed, evaluating it to electronic images wherever persons acquire a lot of photographs that they might never ever seem at once more.


Significant corporations such as Kodak and Fujifilm may well be having difficulties to satisfy demand.

“Demand has outstripped provide and manufacturing capacity just can’t meet (this need),” said Mr Ng.

When factories were shut as digital cameras grew to become popular, lots of equipment have been marketed or scrapped, he discussed.

Even if spare elements are accessible now, it might make additional sense to hold them on hand for repairs alternatively than employing them to make a new equipment, he explained.

Store entrepreneurs also claimed Tokyo-based mostly Fujifilm appears to be focusing on its other products and solutions in optics, electronics, biotechnology and chemical substances.

“Fujifilm is creating fewer and less rolls there’s not a great deal competitiveness for Kodak,” said Mr Ong of Whampoa Color Centre.

In response to CNA’s queries, Fujifilm mentioned it will continue on to generate image film to fulfill the needs of fanatics, and that is has “built every work to improve manufacturing efficiency” and stabilise the provide of film.

“We are knowledgeable that customers face some challenges getting our films in Singapore and we will continue our efforts to satisfy their needs,” the firm explained. It attributed the selling price improves to a sharp maximize in the expense of raw materials for movie output.

Pictures web-sites have also claimed on Kodak raising charges previously this 12 months. CNA has achieved out to the American business for remark.

By Indana