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    120 C-41 process/printing??

    Any suggestions for mail-order processing/printing vendors for 120?

    I can get reasonable local service for 35mm, but turn-around for 120 is 2 or 3 weeks! I'm set up to do my own BW in both formats, but I really don't particularily want to get into C-41 printing, although having done Ektachrome I would not be fearful of processing C-41 negatives.

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    E-Six in Atlanta is good, I've used them before, but I think turn around time may be similar plus you'll be stuck with shipping cost and time. If you have multiple rolls, you might consider UPS Ground as your return service, from Atlanta, I would assume most parts of GA are one to two day service.

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    C-41 is really easy - and cheap - to do if you're already set up for B&W developing.

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    Samy's Santa Barbara (http://www.samys805.com/film-processing/) has good prices and very high quality dip-n-dunk processing if you cannot find anything good locally.

    They charge $5 for 35mm, $5.25 for 120, and $7.95 for 220.

    Additionally, they currently have a special mail order rate for E-6 film. It is $5 per roll for 135, 120, or 220. $5 for 220 is an especially great bargain.
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    Many thanks, folks. Samy's sounds like a good deal; its always nice to hear from users.

    If I process C-41 myself I'd probably want to accumulate several rolls since I imagine the chemicals have a somewhat limited shelf life after having been mixed - I know the various E-x processes, at least from The Great Yellow Father, are only good for a week or two.

    I remember projecting 4 x 4 "Superslides" that I'd processed - that might have been E-2, you had to re-expose the film with a photo flood lamp! What a splash they made following 35mm. Wish there were some affordable 6 x 6 projectors.

    Any thoughts on other C-41 processes? Are Arista or Unicolor good choices?

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    Have a look at this thread on the Tetenal's longevity. I have the Unicolor kit and it seems to be rebranded Tentenal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2F/2F View Post
    Samy's Santa Barbara (http://www.samys805.com/film-processing/) has good prices and very high quality dip-n-dunk processing if you cannot find anything good locally.

    They charge $5 for 35mm, $5.25 for 120, and $7.95 for 220.

    Additionally, they currently have a special mail order rate for E-6 film. It is $5 per roll for 135, 120, or 220. $5 for 220 is an especially great bargain.
    I was planning on using them for E-6, but the site comes up "Account Not Available"

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    I'm a big fan of http://120processing.com/

    They are super dedicated to film processing and are awesome people.

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    I do C41 myself using kodak chemistry. I save up about 48 rolls before running a 5L batch. Mixed chems will last probably a month at least, if in air-purged bottles (e.g. argon/etc.). Cost per roll (any format) is well under $1/roll. It's as easy as B&W to process.

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    I also use the JOBO/Tetenal/Unicolor 1L kits. They work great. I've done 24 rolls over a 4 month period in a single 1L kit, just putting the 3 bottles in a root cellar, not even refrigerated so it lasts longer than you think. Works great, less than $1/roll, done in 20 minutes or so (1:00 pre-soak, 3:30 dev, 6:30 blix, wash, 1:00 stabilizer).

    Only difference to B&W is the 39C temperature and some report being able to run it at room temperature for longer but I haven't tried it since I'm getting good results just using hot tap water to warm it up and keep it warm in a bucket.
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