Anybody know of a good Lab in Toronto for E6 processing

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    lab in Toronto for E6 processing, preferably mid North York, near Downsview Park, cost of processing a roll would be handy as well.....
     
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    Hate to say it, but their pricing structure makes it too expensive. In order to get the price reasonable, I would need to store up a couple of years worth of film. They are not exactly in a good area to get to, without a car, either. Next.
     
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    Clearly you need to shoot more often. That can only improve your work and get you into the better price range.

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    Never used them for E6, but Silvano does process slides on-site. Henry's ships out to them too, I believe. Not really North York, but closer than Elevator.
    http://www.silvanoimaging.com/E6.html
     
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    That's more like it.....
     
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    Well these days over half my shooting is digital, of the remainder, about 80% is black and white, which I home process, I'd consider it for colour as well, but these days it seems you can't buy chemistries that are not intended for large scale machine processing. When I first tried it, you could buy a 1L kit..... I don't think any one does that anymore, if you know of one, available in Canada, then please let me know.
     
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    This place has a good rapport for E-6: http://www.colourgenics.com/

    For chems: Nymoc Chemicals 24 McGee St Toronto, Ont M4M 2K9. Phone 416 465 1929

    Regards, Art.
     
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    I send my 4x5 E6 to Toronto Image Works by mail. The processing seems good and it's reasonably fast.
     
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    Thanks one and all for your replies....
     
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    I just did 6 rolls of 120 at TIW a couple of weeks ago and it was amazing. I took them in at 11:00am and picked it up at 3:00. Four of the rolls were E-6 and they came out amazing. I will be mailing my film to them more often as it was a bit of a pain to get into the city etc. I live in Waterloo and the only e-6 processing in town is $14 per roll versus $6 per roll at TIW.
    Cheers,
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    Brown's in Mississauga does nice E6 work, along with C41, proofing and b&w. Worth a try.

    http://www.brownsimaging.ca/

    Great service, nice people, very competitively priced.
     
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    I will be offering my E6 services when I return from my work/travel stint in Europe this July. I have a website that is currently under construction but the name is pretty self explanatory: www.e6it.ca (if this doesn't work try www.davidnardi.com/e6it)

    I will also offer B&W and maybe C-41, but my main process will be E6 in all popular formats up to 4x5. I can also process 126 and 9x12cm sheet film if anyone should have some lying around. Working on an 8x10 format solution too.

    Join my mailing list and I will notify you when services are up and running. I have been doing all my own E6 for over 4 years now and never regretted a single moment. The results are clean and colourful everytime. In fact, I can't believe I never attempted to do this sooner, but then again, I bought the Jobo processor and related accessories when I started to establish some momentum in my fine-art photography business.

    Now I want to share my services with other like-minded photographers at attractive price points. I know E6 labs are shrinking and becoming very expensive so I hope to fill that gap with quality, affordable service. Bulk rates possible.
     
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    What's your liability policy if you screw up my film?
     
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    Sadly for the westend GTA APUG crew, Brown's in Mississauga has apparently ditched C-41/b&w/E6 processing for good--among the last pro labs in the area to cater to film shooters.
     
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    I don't have a liability policy. There are inherent risks with any film process.

    I used to get my 120 and 4x5 done at Browns Lab too. Cindy and her husband are nice people (I used to work with their daughter way back in the restaurant biz when I was younger). However they did manage to obliterate 5-8 sheets of 4x5 after turning on the lights in the darkroom by accident. All I got was an apology. What else can I expect?

    Many processing systems are roller driven and tend to scratch films if they are not cleaned and maintained. I've run into that at several labs. Another big problem is that most labs replenish their chemicals to minimize overhead. Both at Browns and at TIW I've received film back that was green. The D-max or film base was all cast in green instead of black. Wonderful, what am I to do there? They would blame the film and the storage of it instead of their processing.

    Film is pretty resilient. Apart from being a crazy meticulous photographer, I also work in the movie business professionally and know that it is pretty hard to screw up your film while shooting if you know what you are doing. I've shot in cold, hot, with expired E6 films, left film exposed but unprocessed for up to 6 months and all of it turned out fine. It's definitely easier for the labs to screw that up. But they will never admit it.

    That is why in 2006 I decided to assemble my own E6 lab. Since then the results have been uniform, clean and colourful...leaving me to question why I didn't start this earlier. As much as it takes more time out of my busy schedule and requires more work (chemical mixing, loading, drying), I am happier having full control of my film from start to finish. I use one-shot Kodak E6 chemistry and use a Jobo ATL system that is drum based, meaning no scratches.

    Now I'd like to share my system with others who love E6 the way I do. www.e6it.ca will be up very soon.
     
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    Replying to a post from over a year ago... now no one does it in Waterloo or Guelph :-( Obviously I wasn't shooting enough.

    C41 is still fairly reasonable, I can drop off one night and pick it up the day after. I do digital as well (for now) but honestly I have enough trouble with digital colors I'm almost ready to go all film again... Selling my digital bodies would still buy me a lot of film even with the rapid depreciation.
     
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    As for liability, did any pro shops ever offer to cover the cost of a wedding if they !@#$'d up? Most just offer to replace the unexposed film costs.
     
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    My only regret about Brown's is that they stopped film processing. Over 10+ years they never screwed up anything; indeed, they'd often save my a$$ by giving me custom print quality at their bargain print price. Never a problem with their E6 line.They took their Kodak Q-Lab status seriously and maintained that standard long after Kodak decided to scuttle that program for smaller labs.

    Looking forward to trying your service soon.
     
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    Burlington Camera Inc does E-6 in house

    We process black and white, E6, and C-41 in house weekly. For more details call 905-632-7722.
    We are at 489 Guelph Line, south of the QEW, north of New Street in Burlington, ON.
     
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    David Nardi's E6it service is down till further notice. He tells me work demands and chemistry issues(no more Kodak 5l E6 kits)are to blame. As of last week, he told me it may be some time till he's processing again.
     
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    Price list?
     
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    That's hardly Toronto though, but honestly, this is an old thread, and I gave up on colour film and retired the camera I was shooting it with. I still have my B&W camera though, but would like to replace it with a refurbished Konica T2.
     
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    There's still Silvano's and TIW for E6+C41.
     
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    I've been taking my occasional roll of slide film to Burlington Camera for 20 years & just picked up my stereo roll from the Hamilton meet. BTW, that was $14.50 for a 24.

    Don't forget Downtown Camera on Queen for Toronto. Last I checked they were still doing E6 same day. And APUG advertiser Elevator Digital in Leaside will do a batch (6 rolls, I think) for $60 on demand anytime.
     
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