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Sean
12-27-2006, 12:42 AM
I know it's a long shot but thought someone in the New Zealand group might know of a professional level c-41 service, preferably Akl area. Basically I am cursed when it comes to c-41. I've tried several shops and always get either dirt, sludge, fine scratches or all 3 at once. I'd like to be able to drop off my CN400 or XP2 and get back clean pristine negs. Anyone have luck? Worst case scenario I can send them overseas or maybe buy a c-41 kit? hmm..

ozphoto
12-27-2006, 03:14 AM
I know it's a long shot but thought someone in the New Zealand group might know of a professional level c-41 service, preferably Akl area. Basically I am cursed when it comes to c-41. I've tried several shops and always get either dirt, sludge, fine scratches or all 3 at once. I'd like to be able to drop off my CN400 or XP2 and get back clean pristine negs. Anyone have luck? Worst case scenario I can send them overseas or maybe buy a c-41 kit? hmm..

Hi Sean.
Earlier this year, I was assisting an Australian photographer in NZ. We worked out of Auckland and had to have the E6 processed and delivered for the client before returning to Australia. I sourced a lab that was close by - PCL Imaging, and they were superb.
They are recommended on the AIPA site, which is why I selected them in the first instance. They are located at 86 Parnell Road, Parnell. You can't miss it - it's Kodak yellow with parking out front.

HTH,
Nanette

ozphoto
12-27-2006, 03:16 AM
I know it's a long shot but thought someone in the New Zealand group might know of a professional level c-41 service, preferably Akl area. Basically I am cursed when it comes to c-41. I've tried several shops and always get either dirt, sludge, fine scratches or all 3 at once. I'd like to be able to drop off my CN400 or XP2 and get back clean pristine negs. Anyone have luck? Worst case scenario I can send them overseas or maybe buy a c-41 kit? hmm..

Ooops, should have added, they do process c41 too ;) :
http://www.pcl.co.nz/Services.aspx

Sean
12-27-2006, 03:19 AM
Exactly what I needed thanks! I will request to see a recently dev'd strip or just run a test roll through first to make sure. It will be nice to finally find a reliable shop..

nick mulder
12-27-2006, 09:53 PM
I always like Labtec in Newton - smaller shop front than PCL but the lab people seem to know a hell of a lot and its always a cheerful atmosphere...

You'll see piles of large format holders waiting to be picked up by courier etc...

Should start shooting color again :)

Sean
12-28-2006, 12:16 AM
Got the negs done at pcl today as far as I can tell they are clean and looking good, will see how they print tomorrow..

P C Headland
01-21-2007, 04:55 AM
Glad you've found somewhere good.

If you want to send away, or if you come south of the Bombay Hills, you can try Imagelab (http://www.imagelab.co.nz/contact.html) - they also have a shop in Chch. There is another professional lab right opposite Imagelab (name escapes me at the moment) in Wellington, though I've never used them myself.

From what I've been told, Imagelab handles all the E6 and LF processing for several of the camera shops in Wellington.

-kk-
03-06-2008, 07:03 AM
this is great info! im actually heading back to AKL after 9 years away, and was wondering about labs as well. Eventually i'd like to set up my own darkroom (after sorting out job, house etc), but really good to know you can still get good service on E6 films.

Sean
03-06-2008, 04:48 PM
(after sorting out job, house etc)
Never ending saga :p

-kk-
03-06-2008, 10:13 PM
tell me about it! its like starting afresh...

what are the film prices like in AKL guys? anyone selling bulk rolls there?

ChrisC
03-09-2008, 01:13 AM
Glad you've found somewhere good.

If you want to send away, or if you come south of the Bombay Hills, you can try Imagelab (http://www.imagelab.co.nz/contact.html) - they also have a shop in Chch. There is another professional lab right opposite Imagelab (name escapes me at the moment) in Wellington, though I've never used them myself.

From what I've been told, Imagelab handles all the E6 and LF processing for several of the camera shops in Wellington.

I've started using Imagelab myself as I simply don't have the time or energy to develop my 35mm stuff anymore because of Uni. They do brilliant work so far (much smoother grain than I've ever gotten, probably because of more constant water temps as I usually don't bother warming up my stop and fix). I'm building up the courage to take them some of my 4x5 negs too. Maybe this week...

P C Headland
03-12-2008, 05:19 AM
.... I'm building up the courage to take them some of my 4x5 negs too. Maybe this week...

It's where my 4x5" (and 9x12cm) colour stuff goes. B+W I do at home. The only problems I've had is when I gave them 9x12cm sheets and forgot to tell them - they couldn't work out why the film wasn't co-operating with their hangers - since they assume 4x5". However, they rang me and we sorted the problem out.