About the 6000 mile trip--I'm shipping my film to A&I from New York and I've only lost one roll in the midst of the anthrax mania, and that was before I started combining rolls. They're just as good as the best pro labs in the city, but at half the price. I take my sheet film to Modernage (www.modernage.com), which will process by mail. Very high quality, but not necessarily cheap. Call for a current price schedule, as their website never seems to be up to date when I check it.