best way to develop?
hello! i've recently purchased the canon ae-1 program, and it's the first film camera i have used in years. i'm shooting with (extremely cheap) 35mm fujifilm superia x-tra and so far i've not gotten around to developing anything. the question i'm having a hard time finding an answer to is: what is the best way to develop? i honestly have no clue, and at this point i may even be considering (gasp!) getting my photos processed at, yes, walmart. last resort, of course, but still. for those of you who shoot with film, how do you get it developed? doing it myself is not an option, sadly. please help! thank you.
I use send out(Fuji Labs) for all my c-41 film, and home process all my black and white film.
Please try these references. Although it is Kodak, it will work for Fuji film as well. Page 3 of the 4th reference below shows the method of agitation used for almost all B&W films. All you need do is pick a developer and development time for your film - developer combination.
We need to read the OP's second last sentence" doing it myself is not an option, sadly" No point in talking home processing then.
He appears to need to know a good commercial processor or processors. Pity he hadn't expressed his question as "What good commercial processors are available.
Home processing C-41 color with the right temperature controlled equipment is easy. Lacking the equipment, use a professional commercial photo-processor.
Lately I've been sending my color film to North Coast Photographic Services (http://www.northcoastphoto.com/). So far I've only had them process negatives and scan -- no prints yet, but I've been happy with the results. They're in Carlsbad CA and they do mail order. There are quite a few threads on this subject with many references to local labs. I've read many positive comments on The Darkroom (http://thedarkroom.com/) and Dwayne's (http://www.dwaynesphoto.com/).