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    These threads tend to be more useful in my opinion if an actual list is compiled at some point at the top of the thread...

    But, I've been happy with mail order processing with North Coast Photo (http://www.northcoastphoto.com/) and Precision Camera (https://www.precision-camera.com/). Both do decent lab work for 35mm and 120.

    North Coast Photo (NCPS) offers both budget and enhanced scans; I think the budget scans are pretty decent for the price. They end up being about $12/roll for development and 2000x3000 scans. Their 120 scans are a bit more stingy - 2k x 3k as well.

    Precision Camera is offering developing and scanning for about $12/roll too, but they give you 4000x6000 scans on 35mm. For other formats, they are even bigger for the same price. I think I got back 12000 x 4000 for my XPan scans. If you use this link (http://www.precision-camera.com/webm.../view.php?id=5) you can get the cheaper price. Also, they have been returning the negs cut to a length of your specification sleeved in high quality sleeves, the kind you might get from Archival Methods.

    I have full rez samples online from both companies if anyone is interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toffle View Post
    Do they work under your direction, or with printing notes you have made? I have no problem with labs doing proofs for me, but I might be a little more reserved at giving them creative control over my final prints.
    I give them either an 8"x10" or an 11"x14 guide print, but I allow for some interpretation on their part, sometimes what looks good at 8"x10" may be too dark or light or something at 20"x24". I've worked with one or two printers there for several years now, so they know how I like my prints to look.

    I think a big part of using labs is developing a really good relationship so that you and are ultimately on the same page. It can take several times going back and forth, but I think it's worth the effort. I think just about any lab can pull your vision out of your negatives, but it can take some work to get there.

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    I can recommend:

    Samy's in Santa Barbara
    Titan in the Detorit suburbs
    A and I in L.A.
    2F/2F

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuzanneR View Post
    I think a big part of using labs is developing a really good relationship so that you and are ultimately on the same page. It can take several times going back and forth, but I think it's worth the effort. I think just about any lab can pull your vision out of your negatives, but it can take some work to get there.
    I could not agree more. Even when I was getting my prints at the local drugstore, I built a positive relationship with the photo manager, and she would take the time to run as many prints as necessary to get a print to both our satisfaction. Dealing with labs that are farther afield now, I usually initiate business with via email, but follow up with a phone call. It does not hurt to know the printers and office staff by name, and to show an interest in who they are and how they do their job.
    Tom, on Point Pelee, Canada

    Ansel Adams had the Zone System... I'm working on the points system. First I points it here, and then I points it there...

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    Peterborough Camera in Peterborough, NH 35 and roll film C41 processing. Their printing is all ink-jet now, but they do good work. Occasional really good deals on used stuff.
    Also Monadnock Imaging in Keene, NH, 35 and roll C41, etc. They will do cross processing also.

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    i have used kerry's 1hour photo
    renaissance creative
    printmakers ... all in RI
    they all do very good work.

    kerry's processes 35mm
    renaissance only does printing now
    and printmakers does both, and custom work.
    they listen to and do what the client wants and if
    the client isn't happy they do it again no problems no questions asked.
    im empty, good luck

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    For Half frame I send my film here
    http://www.cleverlyhidden.com/Lab_FIlm_half_frame.htm
    They also do high resolutions scans on half frame

    For 110 film I have tried a few labs and find that
    Blue Moon Camera and machine gave me the best results.

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    I send all of my E6 slide film to The Black and White Lab (aka BWC Photo Imaging-South Lab).
    <http://bwc.net>

    In Dallas, phone 528-4200, otherwise phone toll-free +18004450264.

    Just note that the prices quoted on the website for film developing are NOT correct. (for now)

    E6 develop/sleeve/cut is still $9.05 for 36 exposures. Which means if you order mounted E6 slides, it still costs $11.00 (36 exp.).

    -R
    Last edited by ricardo12458; 10-01-2011 at 09:31 AM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: price list

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    Although Pre-Paid film mailers are not as common as before they are still sold. I love to use them when I am traveling. I shoot a roll, drop it in the mail. It usually takes a week so on a longer trip I return home to find my first rolls waiting for me. They are available from A&I or Fuji (Unique photo has them).
    See
    http://store.uniquephoto.com/e/index...600006359.html

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    opps, I found this link stating that A&I will stop doing E6 in December 2011.
    http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/S...t/message/1915

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