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    Need a decent, cheap, no frills E-6 and B/W lab in BOSTON!!! Seriously!

    So after a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG absencen from APUG, I have finally found myself a grad student at the Museum School in Boston.

    Should be a TON of good labs around right?

    Right?

    Apparently NOT!

    Seriously. NOBODY can point me to a simple, run-of-the-mill E-6 and B/W lab that isn't either -

    A) insanely pricey

    or

    B) so far away it might as well be New Hampshire or Vermont.

    I am carless for the next 6 months, and even then I don't want to drive here (seriously....it is like Mad Max on the streets here....).

    The only lab I found was some back-door one that was recommended by a guy at Hunts who said it would cost me $13.00 a ROLL to just DEVELOP some T-Max. Apparently the soup is mixed by blessed virgins raised in the shadow of Ansel Adams' own lab....

    I mean I am working with a Holga for this stuff. When I was in Tucson it was $5.00 for a roll of 120/35mm. Sure, I should expect to pay more here, but THAT much more?

    Any help here?

    I just can't imagine that a city this big has bupkiss for labs....

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    Try Campus Camera in Kenmore Square. Its close to the Museum School and many students from schools around use it.
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    Stay far, far away from ColorWreck aka ColorTec. The Museum School doesn't have any in-house facilities?

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    No, the Museum School doesn't, or atleast it didn't when I was a student there.
    Regarding Colortec and CampusCamera, I think the latter sends the color stuff to the former but develops the BW in-house.
    There is a BW-only lab in Newbury Street, close to the Tower Records but I can't remember their name and it was expensive.
    I can't think of another lab right now, sorry.
    Maybe you can ask in NESOP?
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    No further than the nearest post office: http://www.calypsoinc.com/ Their prices can be beat, and you won't have to walk past your front door to pick the slides up.
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    near south station you will find spectrum color lab http://www.spectrum-imaging.com/ i used to bring work there, they do very good work ( if they are still there ) you might also look into dorian color lab in arlington or there is another one in the olde schwab mill, they both do very good work. there used to be a place off of newbury street called "black and white", maybe they are gone ... there isn't any place left i don't think, that does non-hardened fix/archival prints. amy hahn was the last one in boston but she closed her shop a while ago ..

    good luck!

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    ps. is dave messina still there at the smfa ?
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    If memory serves, Spectrum is just under $8 for a roll of 120, for E6 dev only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bill o
    If memory serves, Spectrum is just under $8 for a roll of 120, for E6 dev only.

    wow!
    i guess that isn't so cheep ...
    and my memory is from 1999 ...
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    Campus Camera is gone. Priced out of their location and "hoping to come back," but I have a feeling gone is gone.

    I found Black and White, but I figured the site was one of those dead sites that the hosting co. has taken over. There are all these Google ads on it when you click any link about ANY service! Check it out at http://www.probw.com

    Plus the intro says...

    Black and White Photo Lab

    Our Black and White Photo Lab is an online photo lab, dedicated to film processing, photography, prints, and black and white printing in the Boston, Massachusetts area. Our services have been used by photographers, graphic designers, actors, public relations firms, ad agencies, and other black and white photography enthusiasts.

    Black and White Prints

    If you need quality black and white, analog or digital prints, we have several resources available for all your black and white printing needs. We are an online photo lab (virtual), so we have several options for processing your prints.

    Black and White Film Processing

    Also offered is standard black and white film processing. The high quality finished negatives (and the black and white prints made from the negatives) depends on the care of your film processing (as well as the proper exposure of the film when the photographs were taken).
    When I see the words "online photo lab", and "We are an online photo lab (virtual), so we have several options for processing your prints." on a site that is just a bunch of Google ads....

    Well...how can I take THAT seriously?

    How in the hell can a major metropolitan area with a ton of art schools and artists and well, PEOPLE have such a lack?

    And Dave Musinna is still there. Haven't run into him yet. Then again it has been just over a week.... I haven't seen him at any of the the "Meet the faculty" events they held.

    Then again with a high number of MFA students acting like this was high-school, I don't blame him...

    Guess I am getting grumpy in my old age...

    Damn kids....

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    found black and white's website for you ..
    looks like they moved and are on hunnington ave now ( maybe close to the smfa )

    http://www.blackandwhiteinc.com/

    ahh musinna, i had a feeling my memory was failing and i spelled his name wrong ..

    john


    Quote Originally Posted by rkennedy
    Campus Camera is gone. Priced out of their location and "hoping to come back," but I have a feeling gone is gone.

    I found Black and White, but I figured the site was one of those dead sites that the hosting co. has taken over. There are all these Google ads on it when you click any link about ANY service! Check it out at http://www.probw.com

    Plus the intro says...



    When I see the words "online photo lab", and "We are an online photo lab (virtual), so we have several options for processing your prints." on a site that is just a bunch of Google ads....

    Well...how can I take THAT seriously?

    How in the hell can a major metropolitan area with a ton of art schools and artists and well, PEOPLE have such a lack?

    And Dave Musinna is still there. Haven't run into him yet. Then again it has been just over a week.... I haven't seen him at any of the the "Meet the faculty" events they held.

    Then again with a high number of MFA students acting like this was high-school, I don't blame him...

    Guess I am getting grumpy in my old age...

    Damn kids....
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