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    Putting out tentacles

    We are actively researching demand for a very high quality B&W reversal process in Europe (and America). This would be as consistent & reliable as any existing European or US services, probably more so.

    It would equal and match Scala, but be a world leader for Reversal processing of a wide variaety of film.

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    Who is "we"?

    I've used dr5 for years and their quality and service is second-to-none. Highly recommend to others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    We are actively researching demand for a very high quality B&W reversal process in Europe (and America). This would be as consistent & reliable as any existing European or US services, probably more so.

    It would equal and match Scala, but be a world leader for Reversal processing of a wide variaety of film.

    Ian
    I'm game, although I think that it really comes down to making a reversal bleach that can be added into ANY B&W process with any film. If you look on the Ilford website, they tell you how to make it, although it requires re-exposure, so maybe a fogging bath would work more reliably.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coigach View Post
    Who is "we"?

    I've used dr5 for years and their quality and service is second-to-none. Highly recommend to others.

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    Gavin
    That's a good question Gavin, I was asked by the owner of a small lab in London about the possibilities of setting up a B&W reversal service, and the chemistry etc involved. The project went on the back burner when I moved abroad, although I've still been doing research.

    Something happened yesterday that made me realise I should put more effort into seeing how practical the project would be, then the lab owner will have to decide if it's a viable proposition. In the mean time I need to finalise what chemistry will be used, determine all the parameters, do field tests etc. Then scale the process up so that it works on an automated processing machine. Ideally the process needs to be replenishable, and only requires minimal process monitoring. There are people with relevant experience I can turn to for advice on certain aspects, and I'm trying to trackdown one technician who specialised in commercial B&W reversal processing for many years

    There are of course other labs in the UK and Europe who offer B&W reversal processing but most don't seem to push the service, or currently only process Scala. So there is potential for a new UK (Europe) based service with a fast turnaround, and Central London would be ideal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    There are of course other labs in the UK and Europe who offer B&W reversal processing but most don't seem to push the service, or currently only process Scala. So there is potential for a new UK (Europe) based service with a fast turnaround, and Central London would be ideal.

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    Firstly, Ian, I didn't know that there are existing labs that offer B&W reversal processing (probably because it's never occurred to me to look!). Secondly, I think you've hit the nail on the head with the phrase "fast turnaround". Anything that takes weeks will be on a hiding to nothing from the off IMHO. I've used a fair bit of Scala and formerly Dia-Direct, sometimes for straightforward photography but also for lecture puposes where I'm copying a B&W photo and want the result to be B&W without having to worry about colour temperatures, correction filters, etc as are necessary with colour transparency films.

    Those who have processed their own B&W at home seem to be at pains to say how easy it is. To me it looks like a lot of hassle and Id be more than happy for someone else to take the worry out of it for me. (Like when the computer goes wrong!)

    Good luck with the project if it happens.

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    Helpful info, will watch with interest.

    No guarantee that a London-based processor would necessarily be that quick - in days of yore, I always found Joe's Basement to be be pretty slow for Scala (and often they returned marked trannies etc too.). As for posting to / from elsewhere in Europe, this will also take a good few days, depending where you are.

    I send my orders to dr5 in the USA from Scotland in bulk every few months and the arrangement works fine - cuts down on postage charges, and helps me develop patience too...!

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    Wish I was in Europe...

    DR5 is great for those here in the U.S.A.

    Good luck in your pursuits! I wish you the best.

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    Well, we have Foma processing their R100 film here in Czechistan, but their service is not top notch and their processing kit also isn't optimal (although I like the results). Foma R100 also isn't available as roll film, so I'm researching other options. I would love a tested and proven process that I could do at home or have it done commercially if needed. But a another proprietary process like DR5? No thanks.

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