I just bought a 35mm SLR and a Canon 50mm f2.5 Macro lens and a bunch of professional low ISO films (Velvia 50, Ecktar 100, Ecktachrome, Portra, and a few others) and it's time to get back into film.
Calling around it seems like it's difficult to get developing done these days (we live rurally). I don't want prints but I'd like negatives for scanning.
So far here are my options:
1. Walgreens (Fuji Frontier I believe-Not sure if they develop slide film) about $8
2. Walmart (Send out) about $7
3. Send it to Dwaynes or North Coast Photo $4-7 plus shipping
4. Do it myself (unsure of the cost)
I put 4 as the last option and maybe it should be but part of me says do it yourself.
Having it developed is the easy way out. But should I expect good results? Any comments on the listed developers?
If I go with option 4 (develop it here), I don't know much about the chemicals. I have no doubt I can do it (done B&W) and I mix dyes and colorants for my instrument finishing regularly. I can work a gram scale
But what is the most cost effective way. I don't want to setup a permanent dark room. I have a small house so I'd need something I could take into a bathroom and setup/teardown quickly.
I've seen home made chemical setups such as this:
home-made-c-41-chemicals (Google it)
And I've seen kits at stores.
I don't really want to pay the kit costs. I'd like to have a system that will keep for months at a time and I would like to not be tossing expired product.
Is there a good cost effective system for the home developer (say 3 rolls per month)?