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    Or go digital
    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    Of course one could avoid all the problems of processing film by no longer taking photographs. :o

    Steve

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by DanielStone View Post
    so Steve,

    are you suggesting we start shooting DIGITAL? heavens no!!!!!

    lets get this back on topic though. we're getting carried away here :P

    -Dan
    Heaven forbid!

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

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    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    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....


    out

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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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    I have used a mini-lab with a high rate of processing for my 35mm film for years. [Costco]

    The 120 film goes to Samys for their in store processing.

    Steve
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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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?

    Quote Originally Posted by ted_smith View Post
    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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