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    Dwayne's Kodachrome processing -- hmmm.

    The long awaited package has arrived from Dwayne's -- 10 rolls of film from a recent trip to China. Once in a lifetime, really, in terms of the trip and the film choice since Kodak's announcement of the future of Kodachrome.

    Sifting through the hundreds of slides, a few things became apparent right away.

    • Kodachrome is totally unique.

    • Dwayne's has some problems mounting slides.

    An average of 20% of the slides show the edge & sprocket holes due to faulty mounting, and being mounted off-kilter. This is just unacceptable.

    I haven't seen any scratches or other faults, and at least with wonky mounting the entire image is still printable/scannable, but...

    Has anyone else had this problem? I plan to write a polite but firm message to Dwayne's about this issue - I'm not looking for battles - but wanted to let everyone know and see if this is common or just a one-off oddity.

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    Crap! I just sent them my rolls I shot this summer ... I've had issues about this with them a few years ago. I vowed never to use them again back then, but they redeemed themselves processing my 110 film recently. I hope they don't fcuk up again. They're also not the most pleasant people to deal with over the phone from what I recall.

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    They are mounted by a machine which is fully automatic and many times they cut slides in half. You may want to mount yourself.
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    I had a problem with some kodachrome received recently too. Some slides showed a very distinct part(like 1 stop underexposed) across some of the slide.

    here's an example. I was using a fill flash, and I know that the shutter and sync is working properly, and 80% of the others don't show this problem. Does Kodachrome have to be re-exposed in the processing?



    IDK if this could have caused the problem.



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    I haven't had those problems but they have sent me the dirtiest slides I've ever seen. I've come to terms with that.
    I'm going to see if they'll return them uncut and unmounted.
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    I had the same problem with sprocket holes on a roll of Kodachrome. Also, some black and white 120 I sent in had development problems with areas of over development.

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    Development, so far, looks just fine. And it seems clean -- again, so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Corneau View Post
    An average of 20% of the slides show the edge & sprocket holes due to faulty mounting, and being mounted off-kilter. This is just unacceptable.
    There should be enough play in the mount to manually adjust the slide within the mount. If the slide is tacked into the mount your may need to totally re-mount the slide, which I have never had to do.

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    I've had about 20 rolls of fuji E6 film processed and mounted by Dwayne's over the past year and haven't had any problems with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gr82bart View Post
    Crap! I just sent them my rolls I shot this summer ... I've had issues about this with them a few years ago. I vowed never to use them again back then, but they redeemed themselves processing my 110 film recently. I hope they don't fcuk up again. They're also not the most pleasant people to deal with over the phone from what I recall.

    Regards, Art.
    You also don't have a choice, short of throwing your exposed rolls of Kodachrome into the dumpster.

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