so I got a new lens and decided to give her a run on some poopy old walgreens color dx 400 film. I used the film because it was the only color I had and it happened to be from the same batch of film I shot with on my old lens, and I wanted a fair comparison in color. sooo.... I had walgreens do both rolls of color, same batch of film, same equipment, same environment, (rock shows) but 2 different lenses. Both rolls had the same problem: from walgreens and their film - terrible contrast. Waaaay too contrasty. from ????: overexposed foregrounds and underexposed backrounds. My whites do have plenty of detail but all I've got is a main subject with a detailed neon white t-shirt and invisible black pants. The shirt is so bright, in fact, that it has a little glow ring around it. But you can see every wrinkle... doesn't that mean it's not blown? the backround is sort of vignetted around the subject black. same thing in both sets of prints. On crowd shots I've got slightly better background light, but it still drops off a bit much and is practically black at the farther back areas. the negatives are pretty true to the prints. could walgreens have underdeveloped them??? both rolls and therefore lenses had the same problem. I'm shooting with a canon elan iie and dedicated speedlite 380ex (set to the green dot mode). The lenses were the standard zoom kit lens and a wide angle prime, both canon. I pretty much shot everything with the autofocus it/keep those settings/switch to manual method, with both lenses. The film is walgreens brand dx 400 iso. I have hp5 rolls all over the place that I can't develop at the moment, so these color things are all I really have to go on for right now. I'm used to using 400 iso in this environment but I have no idea how the b&w is coming out. This didn't used to happen. I borrowed the exact same equipment from someone once and it turned out great, with the difference that it was hp5 film and the iso was pulled on that roll. this particular camera is a used one I just purchased (because I liked that camera so much) and I don't have any other negs to compare it too from this exact camera yet. the flash unit is the same exact unit I used then, so I know for sure its not the flash unit itself (unless of course pulling film in this camera would make that difference, because I didn't pull it this time). sigh. wth is goin on? film? camera? walgreens? or me?