I develop my 35 mm film at home, I use c-41 fuji or Tetenal chemicals, and normal fujicolor film... I've been doing it for a while, it's not something I do only once in a while as a fun hobby or something, I'm serious about it, so I'm always careful with details, I use the exact right temperature, don't use exhausted chemicals, etc. And I do get very good results, I am totally happy with what I get. BUT... Yesterday in my archive, I found some rolls (10 or so) that a lab had developed for me last year. I took out the negatives immediately and put them next to the negatives I had developed at home (I used many different rolls for comparison, so that it's not biased). There is some serious difference! The lab negatives clearly have more contrast. My negatives usually have a brownish mask on them. My negatives look a little too yellow, while the lab negatives have a dark magneta tone. I see that in the photos as well, the lab photos have a beautiful magneta tone (not too much). So, firstly, how do you compare home- and lab-developed film? I want to know, can you say that with a machine you basically can get much better results (given that it's a good lab and that they take good care of everything)? And also, please give me some input on the brown/yellow mask and lack of contrast in my negatives, what can be the cause? What can I do to improve that? Help me think.