ANALOG MINILAB?

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  1. pennypop777

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    Can anybody point me in the direction of a recommended Professional processing centre that still uses an analog minilab? I have just received back from the analog lab I use, some work, none of which is quite sharp. I have had one negative printed at a digital lab without the sharpening effect activataed and the print is crystal clear. It may be that all digital labs automatically sharpen so I need to do a like for like comparison.

    I am in Mid-Sussex and need the lab to be somewhere around here.

    Please help!
     
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    You could just buy a used analog lab. They sometimes sold for less than $10,000 in excellent condition. Of course, I am just kidding as it's tough to operate one of them in your home. I can't find any lab that still use analog equipment either. My solution is to print my own with my enlarger.
     
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    Hi, I still operate an analog mini-lab, but I'm in Melbourne, Australia! It's good to hear some people can see the quality of analog prints.

    One thing with digital mini-labs is they will sharpen slightly out of focus photos, so you will need to get them printed on another analog machine for a fair comparison.

    Of course you could get a used analog machine for free (I have 2 in my shed that I can't give away!) but you need a reasonable amout of work to keep the chemistry in check, and they are complex machines with lots of things to go wrong, so you that's not really a practical solution.

    You won't find many analog labs around, most have either closed or gone digital, but if you hunt around you might find one, there's still a few around.
     
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  5. Samuel B

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    Another thought, you could post your question here:

    www.minilabhelp.com

    A UK based mini-lab website.
     
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    Anyone in Toronto or East of Toronto still have a completely optical (no scanning) minilab? Let me know - there is some business coming your way, I promise!
    BAsically the same reasons as above - I feel your pain.

    (sorry to piggy back on your thread!)

    Peter.
     
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  7. pennypop777

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    I like your witty quip about film not being dead etc!
    Thanks, I'll try www.minilabhelp.com