Announcing the CP Film of the Month Club – Support the Site, Get Film

Announcing the CP Film of the Month Club – Support the Site, Get Film

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Today we’re launching our Film of the Month Club for CP readers and fans of film photography. Subscribers will receive a roll of film every month, plus access to an exclusive and focused CP Film and Camera Club Facebook group where we can share our photos and talk about the Film of the Month and our experiences shooting it (the CP crew will pick a different film type each month, to keep things interesting).

To be frank, you can get film cheaper elsewhere. There’s no doubt about that. But that’s not what the Film of the Month Club is about. It’s about a lot more than that, actually.

First, subscribing to the club is a great way to try film types you may not otherwise buy, or to reacquaint with an emulsion you’ve not shot in years. Certain months, the film type we send subscribers may be one that you’re used to, but others may be totally new to you! The surprise is part of the fun.

Next, the exclusive Facebook group will provide a focused forum for sharing our shots and discussing development processes. Later, when we launch the Camera Club subscription service, it will provide a place to talk about the cameras as well (more on this in three weeks).

Lastly, and importantly (for us), is what your subscription means to us here at CP. The Film of the Month Club doesn’t just net our subscribers a roll of film every month and provide us all a quiet place to chat, it helps make Casual Photophile sustainable and provides us with reliable monthly income that we can use to produce more content for the photography community. We hope that you value this (if you don’t, we’re not doing our jobs very well).

We did this on Patreon over a year ago, and it was a success. People subscribed and stayed subscribed, so we know that they liked the service. However, Patreon as a distribution platform is not ideal for a number of reasons. By launching our own service, we’re able to offer the subscription at a price that’s 33% lower than what we were able to offer on Patreon. Additionally, shipment will be faster and more consistent (film will ship automatically within 24 hours of subscription renewal compared to seven to ten days with Patreon). Lastly, using the same platform that we use for our shop will streamline things on the backend here, which doesn’t matter much to the subscriber, but is nice for our business!

That’s the end of the announcement. Whether you join the club or not, I’m sending a personal “thank you” from me (James), and the rest of the crew here at CP.

Thanks for reading the site. Happy shooting.

Join the CP Film of the Month Club here

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James Tocchio

James Tocchio is a writer and photographer, and the founder of Casual Photophile. He’s spent years researching, collecting, and shooting classic and collectible cameras. In addition to his work here, he’s also the founder of the online camera shop Fstopcameras.com.

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12 comments
  • Hey, what’s the deal if you’re not based in USA? Do you do international subscriptions?

    • Hi Alex, Yes we do, but the subscriber pays shipping cost. Here in the USA the shipping cost is very reasonable, but it may be too high for international buyers. The site will calculate shipping at checkout before you purchase, so you’ll be able to see the price before you decide. Hope this helps.

  • What about those of us who don’t have Facebook and never want a Facebook account?

    • At this time we don’t have our own hosted forum or any other platform for the club members to connect. However, if the film club and the other subscription clubs that we’re launching in the next few weeks become popular enough, we will likely make our own private forum. Until then, any subscriber who doesn’t participate in Facebook can post their photos on Instagram using the hashtag #cpfilmclub and we will see them there. Hope this helps.

  • Umm… Is there any chance that this can be extended for the users of Medium Format film as well, ever? Just curious.

  • Propagating a service using FB today is a no-go.
    I left FB years ago and with good reason as the past years proofed.
    There is an initiative growing also in the US, propagating to be “100% FB free”.

  • Will there be a combo subscription film+camera club, as I’d be interested in both…but also depending of the shipping costs to switzerland. If not or if the shipping is too expensive, I’d rather wait for only the camera club… I cancelled my subscritpion to Patreon, but I presume the last international camera + film shipping of 2018 from the patreon subscription is on it’s way?

    I really like the idea of this new concept for the CP community. FB group is a good start, even if a dedicated CP forum page would be a great thing to have!

    Thanks James and the whole CP team for all the great work with the articles on the site and also the caring of this community spirit of CP! 🙂 Wish you all the best for 2019!

  • Hey pal! The camera club will be launching end of January and anyone who subscribes to that will get a camera and one roll of film, delivered each time the subscription renews every three months. The subscription runs for three months during which we’ll all shoot the camera and chat about it in the group (I feel that three months is a perfect length of time to experience a camera and talk about it). At the end of the three month period we’ll post an article on CP about the camera, our experiences using it, and will share as many of our club members’ photos made with it in that time. It should be fun!

    So yes, you’ll get a roll of film in that club as well, but it won’t be every month. Every three months.

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James Tocchio

James Tocchio is a writer and photographer, and the founder of Casual Photophile. He’s spent years researching, collecting, and shooting classic and collectible cameras. In addition to his work here, he’s also the founder of the online camera shop Fstopcameras.com.

All stories by:James Tocchio