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    Ted,

    I have had reasonable results at my local Wal-Mart etc... but I've also gotten scratched film on occasion as Bob points out.

    Anymore I either do it myself or send it to a Pro-Lab.
    Mark Barendt, Beaverton, OR

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    Heaven forbid!

    Someone was just asking for his chain to be jerked, so I did.

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    thanks Steve. I guess I needed a good jerking right?

    I'd assume you're an expert on that topic....


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    Ted, do you have a locally run minilab near where you are? If it's a one shop business or one relying solely on photog business as opposed to a multi-chain gaining 99.99% of its profits from food then it has to be good to survive. Unless you local supermarket has well trained and diligent operators then I'd try and find a local minilab even if it means a short car journey.

    Alternatively you can only try as many supermarkets as exist in your immediate area with non critical film and compare the results.

    If you ever decide to enlarge for other than the occasional print only then I'd seriously consider doing it yourself. The prices rise very rapidly for print sizes above 6x4.

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    Handy advice for finding a good lab:

    You want to be able to talk to the person who runs the film.
    You want to see a clean room where they do it.
    If there is a jar of antiacid tablets at the work station, go someplace else.

    If the person running your film isn't making enough money to buy a house,
    go somewhere else.

    And everything else Carnie said.
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    and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision"

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    Please don't read this as a challenge, I'm not qualified to make one, but why are all motion picture negatives processed on roller transport machines with far more paths than any stills roller transport machine utilises? With all respect to folks' rolls of stills, a 400ft roll of motion picture negative which may record an investment of many thousands of Dollars or Pounds resulting from the cost of what was in front of the lens may be a far greater risk to take if scratching is a risk?

    Motion picture labs do, of course, run scratch and sensitometry tests daily, but the few minilabs where I have worked do so as well.

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    E6 minilabs?

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    I'm curious to know if, when it comes to the development of C41 35mm negatives and reversal films, would there be any difference between the pro lab and these 1-hour standard processing labs?
    Sorry to sidetrack a bit, but... just curious: minilabs doing reversal? They exist? I sure haven't seen a single minilab in the Netherlands offering E6. Is it a common thing in the UK?

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    There's a small photo shop in my local town with a mini-lab and I sometimes go there to get a film developed. More often than not the film has muck on it, no scratches, just sort of 'debris' I suppose. Pity really as it's a small outfit and a friendly guy runs it. So I normally send my films to Peak Imaging and they're always clean. I would do it myself, but my colour shooting is so small that the chemistry would expire before the second roll was shot.

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    I recently found out that my local "pro" lab was not getting a large enough film throughput everyday so they began to do there film processing in batches every few days. But after about a year of doing this, they finally had to dump the old Kreonite Dip n' Dunk processor and opted for a processor, Noritsu QSF leader-card driven, roller transport processor, which can handle a lower film output and uses less chemistry and it also doesn't cost a fortune to fix if it breaks (unlike the kreonite).

    And you know what?...I have not noticed any scratches on my film whatsoever. I guess I'm just lucky?

    BTW, I just noticed that both fujifilm and noritsu no longer list processors that can handle 120 and 220 film. How can labs process film once the machines are no longer made?

    EDIT: I just went on Fuji and Noritsu's Japanese websites...Looks like they're still in production!

    But...

    http://fujifilm.jp/business/photo/fi...dproducts.html
    Looks like (If I can still read Japanese!) all C41 labs have been discontinued for Fuji's line-up in 2009 except for the low-output FP232B which can (luckily) process MF film. And it looks like Noritsu still has a healthy line up of C41 machines, but no E6 ones in sight.
    Last edited by AlexG; 01-04-2010 at 03:14 AM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: Revised my text

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    Quote Originally Posted by kraker View Post
    Sorry to sidetrack a bit, but... just curious: minilabs doing reversal? They exist? I sure haven't seen a single minilab in the Netherlands offering E6. Is it a common thing in the UK?
    Yes some UK Minilabs offer E6, but they process the E6 films with a separate processor & then scan and print via their normal Digital minilab machine. I dealt with a franchisee of a major chain, he had 6 shops and just one E6 machine, he personally took the E6 to his main store for processing on his daily tour of ythe stores.

    Ian

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