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    Are there any minilabs left?

    Are there any brick-and-mortar places you can still get C41 process-only (and get your dang hell negs back!) without having to pay specialist prices?

    Walgreens stores all use a send-out service now that returns a CD and nothing else (which seems like it should be straight-up illegal), just like Wally World. Paying ten bucks for C41 development from a professional lab or a mail-order place irks me. I've been spoiled by the $1.79 process-only option at most minilabs, and I just can't justify paying $15 or more total shoot cost when I'm not getting slides back. I know a pro lab will give me perfect color every time, but I'm not paying the bills with these and I have a scanner, calibration targets, and Photoshop.

    Any hope?

    PS: I'm located in Houston, TX.
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    My boss gave up in 2005.

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    It sounds to me like you are between a rock and a Kodak creditor. I think you should think about developing the film yourself.

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    At least one Costco near me does, some others do not.
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    My local CVS for the next year, at around $3 a roll. I'm also local to Unique Photo, similar pricing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markaudacity View Post
    Are there any brick-and-mortar places you can still get C41 process-only (and get your dang hell negs back!) without having to pay specialist prices?

    Walgreens stores all use a send-out service now that returns a CD and nothing else (which seems like it should be straight-up illegal), just like Wally World. Paying ten bucks for C41 development from a professional lab or a mail-order place irks me. I've been spoiled by the $1.79 process-only option at most minilabs, and I just can't justify paying $15 or more total shoot cost when I'm not getting slides back. I know a pro lab will give me perfect color every time, but I'm not paying the bills with these and I have a scanner, calibration targets, and Photoshop.

    Any hope?
    I think if you want to know about places you can walk into, you'd benefit from giving the country/city/town you're in. I knew a few in London, and some in Australia, but I imagine from the Walgreens talk, you're somewhere in the USA.

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    Send your film to Livingston Camera in Livingston, NJ.

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    We still have a decent local operation. Last time I was in there I found out they had taken their, very nice, previous version Fuji mini lab to the dump. I had meant to mention it here in case somebody wanted it, but didn't realize it was in immediate danger.

    I know that is not what you are asking about, but it seems like someone could start a nice specialty business with one of these cheap setups. This one went up to 5x7 and cost a bunch of $ when it was new. Asking price for something like this is usually around $500, but I don't think there are really any buyers around. Sad times in that regard.

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    My town's got PDQ photo which does a roll for $5. They sell cigars and knives and such too, but their fuji photolab machine is the center of the store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegman View Post
    I think if you want to know about places you can walk into, you'd benefit from giving the country/city/town you're in.
    Oh, duh. I'm in Houston, TX.

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