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    Go cheap they said, it will be just fine they said.

    To illustrate a point that I've seen to be a reoccurring theme here:

    Same film.
    From the same pro pack.
    On the same 120 back.
    Shot the same way.
    On the same day.
    Sent to two different places to have developed and scanned.


    This is why you don't send film to Wal Mart, or a joint like Rite Aid, Walgreens or CVS:



    Fuji 400H though the Contax 645 from last month.

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    People pay money on their iPhones for that effect
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    If you have the money to spend $20 per 35mm roll, then why not? So far I am happy with my cheap Walgreens scans.


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    I've only used Walgreens a couple of times for test rolls. They came out fine. I used to use Costco for C-41 all the time. Good job, no problem. I've used Walmart send-out service for 120 E6. No problem. Perhaps I've been lucky, I don't know.

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    Costco's always done fine for me.

    Kodak Portra 800, developed and scanned by Costco.


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    I can't understand why people spend thousands of $ on pro level photographic equipment and agonise about the quality of it, take enormous care and trouble taking the shots on professional film, and then send their work to to the cheapest and nastiest mini lab they can find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Klainmeister View Post
    People pay money on their iPhones for that effect
    Instagram for Film!!!

    http://street-photos.net/ | http://felinik.com/ | http://www.facebook.com/jf.felinik

    "The one with the most stuff when he dies wins"

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    I've had good results paying £1.99 a roll, and crap results paying £9.00 a roll. Cheap does not ensure bad, and expensive does not ensure good.

    Now I've mostly settled on one lab, which is mid-price, the scans are low res, but the developing is good and very fast.

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    It depends on the specific lab, whether it's in a Rite Aid, respected camera shop, or wherever. If the people running it pay attention and operate things correctly, then your film will be fine. Unfortunately, it's hard to know if your only choice is giving them a roll of film and waiting for the results.

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    I drop my color film at Rite Aid but use the send out service(Fuji). Last time I allowed them to process in-house, they botched the crap outta my film. Most common problem is the operator doesn't allow the machine to come up to temp, resulting in a similar appearance to the OP's second pic.
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