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    Lab turnaround time: C-41

    I just decided to try a new lab (greater Los Angeles area) for C-41 processing of 120 film. The lab's website looked very impressive but their turnaround time surprised me - 5 working days for development and 5x5 proofs. The previous lab I used would turn them around in 3 days but cost quite a bit more.

    I'm curous about other folks' experiences with pro lab turnaround time for C-41 processing/proofs?

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    Both of them seem long to me, I get my 120 with 5x5 proofs back in about an hour, or a bit more if they are busy, 5 days seems extreme to say the least, I shot a senior this afternoon at 2PM and had the proofs in my hands at 3:30 PM for them to look at, so even 3 days seems quite long!

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    Four hours? Unless you want to pay extra for rush service.

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    2 days for me. Jim.

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    My local independant guy down the street who does 120 and 127 will process "While U wait". How's that for service? Although most of the time he's busy and it's in an few hours.

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    I often have to wait 1-2 weeks if I have to use a local service

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    I don't bother with proofs, so finding somewhere that will develop 120 or 220 in an hour or less isn't a problem - a lot of minilabs can develop C-41 120 and 220 but not print it.

    Best,
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    I'm sure in LA you must have labs with standard turnaround of 4 hours or less for C-41 medium format.
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    C-Lab in NY: 1 day for process and contact w/out rush charges, don't know about 5x5 proofs. Local lab here in Savannah: process in 2 hours, and then I need to bug them to have 5x5's within 1 day, but they usually do it.
    5 days seems really long, especially for a pro lab.

    Imke

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    Reed in Denver, 2 hrs for C-41 developing, three business days for proofs! Fortunately, I don't need these services.

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