You think $23.00 is bad, try $189.00 for a pack of 8x10 stock. Although I have to say I was glad to pay it to be able to get film for my Deardorf V8 polaroid back after all these years. I like to check the set up before shooting the good stuff. You would make Clyde Butcher proud. Largest format I ever shot was with a Graflex. Love that huge neg.
My beard is longer! The Deardorff's been in the family for a long time, I'm pretty sure it was my grandfather's originally. Other than family snap shots, Dad never really got into photography, but I started taking classes during my first enlistment in the Air Force using a hand-me-down Nikon F-series camera.
I picked up a Canon F1 body and lens assortment while stationed in Japan in the
70's (had a brain freeze, picked up the F1 the second time I went to Japan), when the exchange rate was way better than it is today, and was off and running. I actually managed to get some stuff published in the sports section of the Tohoku Shimbun, the regional newspaper for the Hachinohe region.
When went in the Reserves after my first enlistment, Dad passed the Deardorff on to me. Although I had to leave it with him again when I went back on active duty and started traveling around again. Took the F1 with me though.