I went over to my local photo retailer who process all my E-6 film. The usual turn around time is 2 hours but this time I was told 24 hour. When a lab starts to add time for film processing is a sure sign they are not getting enough film to do runs.
Next it will be all film has to be in by say Monday and ready by friday. Then, you lab will be closed for good. Lord, I hope not for this lab because then I will be stuck with a lab that is simply the dirtiest in town.
What about you all?
I still get same day E6 service in all formats from 35mm through 8x10. Lucky me I guess.
What concerns me in my neck of the woods is the number of labs who are getting out of E-6.
Where is your neck of the woods?
A local lab that services the hospital that I work at gave me this web address for Independent photo labs. http://www.ipiphoto.com
You place your zip code or mailing code and a lab will come up. If that lab does E-6 in what sizes you have to call to find out.
Here in my city (Norwich UK population 130,000) there were once four E-6 Processors – now none, zero, zilch. The last Lab moved about 12 miles away which is inconvenient but I still use it as far as I know it is the only lab left in Norfolk.
Now I shoot Kodachrome, or if I use 120 I have a 25 mile round trip, they process on Mondays, Wednesday and Friday.
Today, I went to pick up two rolls of film and there were two real estate people walking around the business. Looks like I will have to search for another lab. Oh heck!
Just look at the pages of Amateur Photographer on how many E6 processors are left today. Even just a few years ago many firms adverised their services in developing and mounting these films. Only one shop in "my neck of the woods" still takes in E6 films. So like Mark Antony I shoot KR64. This film is processed paid in the UK and I have no problems with the quality of the processing. Sent off a roll of Fujichrome a couple of moths ago and it took over five weeks before I received it back from their processors! Recently I sent off some rolls of KR64 and I got them within two weeks! Fuji's processors were 50 miles away and for KR64 I have to send them form the UK to the USA via Switzerland!
I do it myself, using the Tetenal Colortech E-6 kit. It's not as hard as you might imagine. Temperature stability is the hard part, I have a water bath to help there.