Can't help ya with Houston. My film goes to a camera store in Springfield, IL. which has a send-out service to a lab in St. Louis. C-41 develop only is around $4/roll. Add $2.99 for a CD at time of developing. If you want cheap 4x6 prints, Wal-Mart will print from the negatives for 25 cents a piece. If you upload the scans to the web site, the 4x6 prints are 19 cents each.
The cool thing about the lab that does my film is that it takes the same amount of time for them to do 35mm B&W, 35mm E6, and 35mm C-41, unlike most other places which make you wait at least a week longer for B&W or E6.
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Are there any minilabs left?
Yep, C41 processing is dead easy. Much easier than black and white, in fact. You just have to be very precise. I prefer the results I get from processing at home too. Kits to develop 8-12 rolls are available for about 20-25 bucks online.
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Our Walgreen's (Greater Cleveland Area) still returns the negatives. It's not $2 for processing, but it's not expensive. We also have a pro-shop that will develop only. They're a little more expensive than Walgreen's (if you get prints and CD from both), but the quality is much better.
Ogden, Utah has one place, Imaging Depot, that bought a new, yes NEW, mini-lab a coupla years ago and does very nice c-41. They saw others closing and figured there was a market.
Plus, Walgreens still does it, and a grocery store just down the street does it. All also return negatives, prints, scans, whatever you want.
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Here in the Seattle area, most of the minilabs have disappeared, but a few camera shops offer the same service. I know Omega Photo in Bellevue, WA does, as does Kenmore Camera in, you guessed it, Kenmore, WA. In the case of Kenmore Camera, they actually moved the minilab into the main lobby of the store, so you can watch the techs run the equipment.
*edit* never mind - saw your post. Anyway, check with the local camera shops. One has got to have a photolab inside that will do what you want.
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There's a Walgreen close to me at West Gray and Woodhead. I had a roll of XP2 super processed and printed and I received the negatives, too.
This was 6 weeks ago. $17 for a 36 exposure roll.
This is the decline of film volume, but C41 is easy to home process with a kit or raw chemicals. Electric kettle tank cbag thermometer bottles and plastic basin.
Huston Tx will have mini labs lurking like diamond backs, frequent or they will close.
I got one open on Sundays till 18:00 200meters from where I normally train for home at end of weekend shoot... good quality any service you want, but 5GBP for develop only! The staff are friendly too.
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In the UK, most towns have a supermarket with a minilab. Much to my surprise, when our local Tesco demolished their store and built a bigger one, they installed a new minilab. Their quality is good but I know supermarket minilab quality varies quite a bit.
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Those labs don't make money any more so they have to close them down. There isn't enough business. If somehow we could get together and create sufficient volume we can easily buy one of those processor and run the C41 ourselves. Since those labs are closing their processors are for sale and cheap like this one on ebay.
Never been so here. (At least I did come across such). Minilabs in photo-shops are scarce here meanwhile.
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