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    Where do you get your film processed?

    I'm trying to find a good professional lab to get my film processed. I want someplace better than the local Walgreens, Walmart or Meijers 1 hour photo lab; a place that can develop film correctly and give me good, high resolution scans of my film. I live in Michigan and have been sending my film to a lab in San Francisco for processing.

    I have no complaints with the lab; I am satisfied with the results and my 35mm images come back as ~18mb TIFFs. The problem is the turn around time, averaging 17 days. The lab turn around is only 2-3 days but the mail service is taking about a week in each direction.

    Can anyone recommend a good, professional lab in the mid-west or east coast where I can get a faster turn around?
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    http://www.colourworks.com/colourworks_content.html

    They ship everything via FedEx, so while it's a little more expensive for single rolls, it's faster and more secure than USPS.
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    I use TheDarkroom

    www.thedarkroom.com

    I get about 1 week turnaround. Once processed, pick up digital images on-line.

    Jim

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    I could not be happier with http://4photolab.com/ Edgar Praus in Rochester, NY for my E6 processing. I live just outside of NYC, so while they may be in NY, they're actually closer to you than they are to me. If I mail it out on a Monday, I usually get it back by Friday, sometimes Saturday. USPS Priority Mail both ways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildbill View Post
    Thanks all, you have been a big help!

    Wildbill - When I saw your picture of the Mackinac bridge I wondered if you were a Yooper or a Troll, I guess Cross Village makes you a Troll like me, lol! Does AGX do C-41 processing? I only saw mention of E-6 processing on their site. Do you do most of your work with transparencies?
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    Quote Originally Posted by houdel View Post
    Thanks all, you have been a big help!

    Wildbill - When I saw your picture of the Mackinac bridge I wondered if you were a Yooper or a Troll, I guess Cross Village makes you a Troll like me, lol! Does AGX do C-41 processing? I only saw mention of E-6 processing on their site. Do you do most of your work with transparencies?
    U.P. yours!
    I've never used agx but only heard good things about them and seen some of their work.
    I process all of my film at home, More e6 than c41 when it comes to color.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wildbill View Post
    I process all of my film at home, More e6 than c41 when it comes to color.
    Got to give you a lot of respect for that, processing color is not easy. As a teen I used to process B&W in the bathroom of my parents house, but that was a half century ago. I never did color, too complex for me at the time. Plus it was too time consuming, we only had one bathroom & my parents wouldn't let me tie up the bathroom that long. Any color labs left in GR?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Puccio View Post
    I could not be happier with http://4photolab.com/ Edgar Praus in Rochester, NY for my E6 processing.
    I also have used Praus for color processing; they're dependable and good turnaround. However, I don't believe they offer roll-scanning service. They'll do Imacon scans, priced per image.

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    Judging by the responses you're getting here, I think you can see that film ain't dead yet.

    My first thought is to talk to the lab manager in San Francisco. Rather than abandoning them since you like their work, ask the guy if there's anything he can do to speed up their return process.

    Failing that, in Chicago there's Gamma Photo Lab based on East Erie Street. I use them for specialized work especially when I can pass the cost along to clients cause they're pricey. http://gammaphoto.com/ But I have to say since about 1970, they've never screwed up any of my jobs, never lost a negative, never scratched anything and always follow special instructions.

    I also like Swan Photo in San Clemente California. http://www.swanphotolabs.com/swan08/ and in San Francisco http://www.oscarsphotolab.com/ and Duggal Photo Lab in New York is also top shelf with excellent turn-around times. http://duggal.com/e-6-c-41-and-bandw.aspx

    One lab to avoid is Bay Photo outside of SFO in Scotts Valley CA. No bueno. Drop me a PM if you would like to know my opinion of those guys.

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