R4-A printing at Labs

Discussion in 'Color: Film, Paper, and Chemistry' started by Krzys, Jun 29, 2009.

  1. Krzys

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    I shot some Ektar 25 yesterday and was looking for a lab which would print a couple of the photos I liked to 8X10 since scanning the film isn't very fantastic. To my surprise not a single lab in Queensland (Australia) does analogue enlarging these days so I am stumped. I have a B&W darkroom setup though...but its not like that well help.

    Is this the norm for other labs around the world?
     
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    You may try Stephen Frizza who is a member of APUG and is located in Bondi, just down the road from you:D

    I'm not sure if he does projection enlarging, but I think he does.

    I do my own colour, and have done for the last 30 years, so I don't know what is happening out there.

    By the way, how did the film go?

    Mick.
     
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    If you've got a B&W darkroom, you've got most of what you need to print color. I mention this because people often think that making color prints requires lots of exotic stuff, but it doesn't. Extra stuff you'll need would be color filters, color chemicals (RA-4 developer and blix), and of course color paper. You won't need the filters if you've got an enlarger with a color head. Some people add extra stuff, like print drums (but you can use trays), a color analyzer, etc.

    That said, the learning curve for color is such that you'll waste a lot of time and paper if all you want is a couple of prints. If you think you might want to do more color prints in the future, though, you might look into doing it yourself.
     
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    Have you tried Prolab in South Brisbane? Not sure of the full extent of their traditional colour services, but just lifted the following from their website (www.prolab.com.au):

    "Prolab produces superb quality prints directly from negative and transparency film. Using traditional custom enlargers reproduction quality colour and black & white prints are hand enlarged to customer specifications."

    Ian
    p.s. I have no connection to the business
     
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    Thanks for all the info, the roll was interesting. Shot most on a tripod and handheld at f1.4 1/30 heh. Highlights blow out easily due to the saturation. Also prolab does not do traditional printing, just scans.