Old lenses, film, and slowing down
Yes, the 2023 film prices are a bit daunting. I have never been a "spray and pray" photographer and I am lucky enough to have stocked my freezer with Tri-X a couple of years ago, but I have begun thinking about bulk loading again which I haven't done for almost 40 years apart from emulsions only available in bulk like Kodalith and Fine Grain Release Positive. Kodak isn't any cheaper in bulk but Ilford appears to be a bit better from my last check, so it may be HP 5 for me in the future. I haven't gone mirrorless yet so my stash of Zeiss Contax lenses from the 1930's and 50's can't work digitally for me at the moment. There may yet be a full frame mirrorless in my future for precisely that reason.