Scratched Negatives Expectations?

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  1. RattyMouse

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    When you get negatives back from a lab, what are you expectations regarding scratches? Do you expect/demand none? Or do you have some level of acceptance that scratches happen?

    I want to keep my expectations in line with what is reasonable.

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    I've had one scratch on a slide in the last four years of using my lab. It was scanned however. This is the only time I can imagine negatives getting scratched because of the extra handling.
     
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    Since I can process and print from my negs without scratching them, I expect someone getting paid to handle others' film to not scratch it either. Ditto for dust, though I find that more difficult to avoid on my own (my darkroom is also the laundry room and we have 4 dogs).
     
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    I expect the lab to take reasonable care of my film while in their possession. I have never had film scratched by professional labs, but it has happened at lower cost places.

    You might consider doing your own film processing too.
     
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    Yes.
     
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    Maybe this is a stupid question, but how do you tell if the lab scratched the film, or it was done in camera?
     
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    Scratches done in camera have a very distinct appearance.

    And generally you will be able to see them on undeveloped film, so if you are suspicious about the camera, it is worthwhile wasting a bit of film to check.

    And that certainly is not a stupid question!
     
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    And how is this topic and the other one you titled something like first film shot in 10 years....."Industry News"?
     
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    I'll quote an earlier post I made about the praise being rained down on Richard Photo (who, while I'm sure they are a good lab, are simply doing what any good lab -should- be doing)