Portra processing uk

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  1. coigach

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    Hello,

    I've a few rolls of Portra I'm looking to get processed. I'm looking for a UK lab that will process and print 6x4's in the first instance but I want the prints to have the soft natural Portra colours, not the standard Velvia-on-steroids look that most machine prints seem to have...!

    Any suggestions / recommendations?

    Thanks for your help,
    Gavin
     
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  2. Tom Kershaw

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    I've seen Peak Imaging mentioned, but I've not used them as I do my own processing.

    www.peak-imaging.co.uk

    Tom
     
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    I use Peak Imaging for Portra NC in 6x6 and 4x5. The print colours are not as subtle as if I print the negs myself (these days by scanning on a flatbed, in a previous life on Kodak's RA4 papers), but properly-exposed normal scenes look good.

    Problems (more like annoyances) are a persistent tendency to block up saturated reds, a default contrast setting that is a tad too aggressive, and overall exposures that can make a nonsense of high-key or low-key photos - this last a persistent problem with any non-custom prints.
     
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    If you can find someone who uses Kodak paper you might be better off. Until he screwed up once again, I found a local minilab operator in town gave the best (i.e. pastel, well corrected) prints I had found. The most recent ones were on Kodak Royal paper.

    However, don't discount Jessops completely. The branch around the corner from my ex-mate do a much better job than they used to, and they even cut my XP2 negs into 6s last time!

    A friend of mine recently praising the reborn Colab, though I haven't used them for a long time now (was happy with them when I did). I've just had a look (www.onevisionimaging.com) and though I had to download a PDF to find out, their 36 d&p price for 6x4" prints is £10.45, 7.5x5" £14.53. However, I don't like putting important films in the post and RM is less reliable than it used to be.
     
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    I find "Moorland Imaging" do a nice job of prints from Portra. I have to say it isn't a film I use all that often though.
     
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    Thanks for help everyone.

    Cheers,
    Gavin
     
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