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    Does the lab matter for E-6 film?

    I understand that with C-41 a lot depends on the lab you chose and with E-6 it's more 'what you see is what you get'.
    In that case does it matter where I get my E-6 film developed? I guess the chemicals and process is the same?!

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    Yes choice of lab matters, but there are good E6 labs around. Look for a good Fuji professional lab as you're in Japan, you need a lab that's maintainining/monitoring it's chemistry properly.

    Welcome to APUG BTW.

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    Thanks a lot. That's great advice!

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    Both processes, C-41 and E-6, are a standard. They should be run the same way in every laboratory, concerning development of the film. C-41 depends more on the laboratory you chose if you want technicians to print it, because the interpretation of the negative is NOT standard. E-6 slides on the other hand are positive images and can be used as an actual reference for the print to look as closely as possible like the original slide. Obviously not so good laboratory can be less careful on replenishment of the chemistry or film handling (scratches or dirt), but in principle development is the same everywhere.

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    my lab does bigger scratches than your lab...

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    Labs can be clumsy and/or careless and crimp or cut the last one or two frames; this has happened to me with both professional and consumer level labs. I've never had a bad experience relating to the actual chemical side of processing; that is to say, quality control and attention to replenishing all chemicals is in place and being adhered to.

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    Thanks a lot everyone. I have been looking around for labs that do mail order processing in Japan and found this place
    http://www.toylab.jp/service/

    Has anybody every heard of them before?

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    I worked in Baton Rouge at a lab . Most of my coworker hated me.
    Your E6 was not safe .

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    Quote Originally Posted by James in GA View Post
    I worked in Baton Rouge at a lab . Most of my coworker hated me.
    Your E6 was not safe .
    You didn't by chance work at Kadair's, did you? I used them once many years ago while vacationing in Louisiana. Thanks to their efforts, I was scared off Ektachrome (lol) until January of 2011.
    Some Nikons (F6, F5, F3P, F3HP, F2ASx4, F2A, F2 and a D800), with Ai/Ais Nikkors ranging from 15mm to 600mm; Leicas (M6X2), with Leitz glass from 28 to 90mm and a pair of Hasselblads (500c/ms), with Zeiss glass from 50 to 250mm. A bit of stuff for a no-longer practicing professional, but justifiable for a now-converted hobbyist who absolutely loves taking/making pictures.



 

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