I would be the 3rd party shooter but I am biased as I think your work rivals anyones world wide.
I have been self employed running my little lab since 1991 , I know how hard you work and how you
take pride in your business.
We do not state we are the only lab able to run B&W chrome. Other than outside of certain parts of Europe, we are. If Sean is going to allow Mr.Serger on here to advertise every other lab in Europe then steer the US base as well "I will have something to say about it" How is that fair to us? ..and do not say that is not what he has been doing! If there has to be an 'apples to apples' comparison, then lets do it! I'm game.
Until recently [a year ago] we didn't even know there were other labs running reversal B&W. By the client base we have [yes German] in Europe we thought this to be true. ..by the chatter on this very forum - a year ago - we thought this to be true. By the positive feed back we receive from clients comparing our processing to prior-Euro - we thought this to be true. It IS NOT my intention to publicly downer another lab, & show me where I have done so.. If they provide a quality service as we would - it's fair competitive business. It wasn't Until I had a lengthy conversation with Mirko @ FOTOIMPEX did I understand the full scope of the processing picture over there.
I am sorry you had a poor experience here. You are welcome to post such visual deficiencies. This in NOT the norm at this lab.
I am not on this forum most of the time, but I will correct information when I see it. Lets just all play fair.
I dont know what marketing BS your talking about... what a rotten thing to say.
If that's advertising, then discussions of film, paper and chemistry and services should be off-topic on APUG, unless You are advertiser.
[QUOTE=Henning Serger;1366443]That is right. It is still original Agfa Scala 200X produced by Agfa in Leverkusen, Germany, in 2005.
I ran across this somewhat old Scala thread, and I have a couple of questions if anyone is still paying attention.
I have noticed that there are a number of sellers in Germany offering 35 mm Scala with 2014 expiration dates. Am I to understand from the above quote that this film had to have been produced in 2005? And if so, isn't 2014 a bit of a stretch?
Also, who produces the stuff currently marked AGFA APX 100? Thanks!
Thanks for the input. I suppose it's best to simply try a few roles and check the results. Incidentally, if anyone has any Scala sheet film in any size that they would like to sell, I would be interested in purchasing it.
Have you thought of giving dry reversed Ilford Delta a try in sheets? Years ago I used a lot of Scala, but then switched to dr5 processed Delta 100. I found this to have much greater tonal range and image latitude (see my APUG gallery / portfolio), and much easier to use than Scala. I've since had 100's of rolls processed by dr5, all have been spotlessly clean and fabulous processing quality.
I took a look at your photographs --grand, just grand. I like that sense of texture, strong edges, and contrast very much.
I am confused about what you are doing. I am not looking to reverse the Scala (unless of course I should be for some reason). In other words, I want to make prints, not slides. What do you mean when you mention "dry reversed" Delta? And when you recommend "dr5 processed Delta 100" do you mean reversed Delta 100 or some other negative development process? I am assuming that your gallery consists of prints, not slide images, right? What are you printing on? I am totally upside down here, please fill me in. In any case, I already like Delta 100 quite a bit, and if I can somehow get the hit out of it that you are getting, then it seems that there is still some sort of chance that I could be happy. Thank you! --Joe