I wouldn't do 135-format film again. Large format - that's another matter. Bought in bulk (25 or 50), 4 x 5 B+W film averages between $0.75 (Foma) and $2.50 (Fuji Neopan Acros) each, with Ilford and Kodak being $1.25 to $1.50. So, it isn't hugely expensive to give it a try . You might shoot 8 to 12 on an outing, which equals 2 or 3 Starbucks fancy coffees. The cameras are more expensive: $150.00 for a camera, $150.00 for a very good older multi-coated lens plus board, film holders $5.00 each (holds 2 films).