I think we'd get some advance notice if film were ever to reach the point where the last few rolls were about to leave the production line. But, just in case, I think we all tend to have half a mind on building up a stash as insurance against that day ever arriving.
How much film you'd need in reserve to meet your demands for years to come obviously depends on how much you tend to go through and what age you are. If you shoot one roll a month and are 60 then you might be happy with a hundred rolls. Heaven help you if you're 23 and get through several a week!
I stumbled upon this article on the Japan Camera Hunter website, an interesting place to visit if you haven't already found it, where readers were invited to "show us your film". Personally, I have about 20 sheets of 5x4, three rolls of 120, 17 rolls of 36-exposure 35mm, one roll in the SL66 and three 35mm rolls in cameras. That's not a lot but the balloon hasn't gone up yet and I'd re-mortgage the house to buy enough film to see my boots off if it ever does.
Some photographers are more organised and, like the guy who owns the stash in the pic at the top of the post, like to have most options covered. Most of the respondents had similar stashes to my own.
Over on the I Shoot Film group on Flickr, one guy revealed he has the following - more than 250 rolls if I've added it up correctly:
He urged fellow enthusiasts to "Buy Fresh. Buy Often".
Another from that same group, fellow FADU member Pentax Pete (alias Peter Elgar), posted this pic of his stash:
That's an impressive hoard - I'm guessing more than most of us have in the fridge - but would it be enough to see out your film photography days?
How's your own film stash? Are you future-proofed or do you really need to start setting some film aside right now? Or would you just bite the bullet come the day and switch to digital? Please use the comments to let us know.