Peak Imaging are a very good lab for E6. Turnaround times are very good. The most important thing is the quailty of the processed slides,that is where i find Peak to differ from the labs i've used in the past. The quailty is of a very high standard. The slides are very clean to my eye,also saturation,and sharpness seems that little bit better than the other labs i've used. I have used Peak for maybe 50 rolls of process only slide film this year,and these are mainly single roll processing orders at a time. I have noticed each order has the same standard of processing quailty as the last batch. I guess the Refrema processing has an effect on the quailty,as i don't think the labs i used in the past used Dip and Dunk processing.
I have a roll of Velvia to process, so i will send the film to The Darkroom in Cheltenham,after hearing so many good reviews about the lab. They have been very helpfull and quick to answer a few question i had via email. Looking forward to seeing the service and processing quailty these guys are offering.
Peak is excellent. I've used them many times in the past, and have always been happy with their service. But nowadays, I send all my film to Genie Imaging in Wandsworth, South London.
They have an ideal (to me) combination of quality, price (especially!) and turnaround time. Plus they are local to me, and that helps as I'll explain below.
They charge £1.99 per roll + VAT for processing unmounted slide film. I'm pretty sure they'll do mounting, for an extra charge. They usually have your film ready within a day or two, and they use dip & dunk processing.
Where they can be a bit more expensive is postage--they send your film back signed-for which costs nearly a fiver. However, as they're right by Wandsworth Common Station, I just drop the film off and pick it up when it's ready.
If you're on a budget, give them a try. They do an excellent job and are committed to helping keep film alive.
Cross posted recommendation, so see comments here: http://www.apug.org/forums/viewpost.php?p=1223096
I was pleased to see the results from The Darkroom, matched the good feedback already on this thread.
I have just got back an order I made for processing and scan from a Professional lab in England.
While the processing of the film is top notch, when i look at the high resolution tiff scans that they did, I can see that the scans are blurry and there is some sort of artifact on all of them, this is not the grain of the film (some kind of "white" noise on the dark zones). Basically, the blacks are no black at all. As it is, those scans are unusable.
when i look at the slides, they are perfect and have to say that scans done with my flatbed film scanner are much better than what they delivered to me. I am confused and frustrated.
I am back to square one again. Would anyone recommend a good lab that delivers top notch scans from slide and films ?
I am going to try Loxley colour. Have any of you tried Mr Scan. Would scans done on an imacon scanner be top notch ? has anyone experienced first end imacom scanning service from A+M imaging lab in Edinburgh ?
I've seen Digitalab recommended on LandscapeGB for E6 processing. I think they do scanning too, but there were various other recommendations on the LandscapeGB for MF scanning, I think in a film comparison article. I've used Digitalab for developing colour negatives, and they were fine. Their prices look very competitive.
A lab I would offer caution about is one based in Burnley...my credit card details were fraudulently used in Colne (down the road from Burnley) the same day to buy GBP 20 of pet shop stuff...took me ages to convince my credit card company to reverse the charge.
You could try Transpacolor in Leicester who are a professional lab. They have been going years but I haven't used them recently so I don't know what their quality & scans would be like They were fine when I did use them. It's worth buying a copy of Amateur Photographer, as a lot of labs advertise in there.