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    Maybe I'm missing something here, but what about this option?

    The enlarged proofs at 2x are about 2x3 inches from 35 mm, right? Why can't you just get 2x3 prints (whether from film scans or optical, at that size it hardly matters as long as they're unmanipulated and scanned at 600 ppi or finer to allow printing at 300 ppi)? I haven't seen the option for prints this size at Costco, but I'd be amazed if a lab that has a 3" wide printer couldn't produce 2x3 prints.

    They'd be the same size as "enlarged contacts"; if machine printed they'd have the frame number and exposure/filter settings on the back just as 4x6 proofs do, and they'd likely save a few cents over 4x6 proofs (OTOH, if you get machine proofs with the roll, they can't be costing as much as fifteen cents a frame, unless you're paying pro-lab prices for simple machine prints).

    Or do what a number of wedding and semi-pro photographers do in the Seattle area -- just take the film to Costco in the first place. I get 24 exposures processed, single glossy 4x6 prints, and a CD (their scan resolution isn't up to large prints, but works fine for web and computer screen viewing) for about seven dollars, and my negatives are as good as any I've seen (catch is, they only do 35 mm, but this is only an issue with 35 mm anyway, right?). They do enough volume to keep the machine tuned up, and if they don't have a bunch of work stacked up, can sometimes turn around a single roll in as little as 40 minutes even with the scanning.
    Photography has always fascinated me -- as a child, simply for the magic of capturing an image onto glossy paper with a little box, but as an adult because of the unique juxtaposition of science and art -- the physics of optics, the mechanics of the camera, the chemistry of film and developer, alongside the art in seeing, composing, exposing, processing and printing.

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    [QUOTE=The enlarged proofs at 2x are about 2x3 inches from 35 mm, right? Why can't you just get 2x3 prints (whether from film scans or optical, at that size it hardly matters as long as they're unmanipulated and scanned at 600 ppi or finer to allow printing at 300 ppi)? I haven't seen the option for prints this size at Costco, but I'd be amazed if a lab that has a 3" wide printer couldn't produce 2x3 prints.

    They'd be the same size as "enlarged contacts"; if machine printed they'd have the frame number and exposure/filter settings on the back just as 4x6 proofs do, and they'd likely save a few cents over 4x6 proofs (OTOH, if you get machine proofs with the roll, they can't be costing as much as fifteen cents a frame, unless you're paying pro-lab prices for simple machine prints).

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    I have a Noritsu 1501, which is a color minilab, converted to B&W. True B&W paper, true B&W chemistry. I can print as little as wallets on whatever size paper. On my end, it's not the paper cost so much as it is the time involved, so I have to charge my customers the same, even if image size is wallet, 3x5 or 4x6. - Jim

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