Quote Originally Posted by Poisson Du Jour View Post
It might be a cultural thing, in China at least, to come across so very friendly and enthusiastically; I'm sure I remember this in Beijing in 2004.
But I would caution that you maintain "professional distance" (or "arm's length") from all labs; at the moment obviously things are going very well for you, but what happens if things do not go so well; you, as well as they, get upset?

You have to adopt a professional, discretionary stance and realise amongst all probabilities, nobody is perfect, mistakes will happens, neglect can creap in, lack of responsibility for a job, scratched negatives (maybe even "accidentally cut") negatives... It could all happen at this lab, maybe a lot more. I don't regard kids "passionate about film" as being any more careful or reliable than a professional of 20 years' experience: they are still human!

At a minimum, you could allow them to use two or three images and wait for them to appear on the web where you can appraise their work. The copyright of the images is owned by you unless formally re-assigned. I think it is foolhardy to agree to handing over all your images for use. You do have to maintain some sense of proprietary and self-preservation: you never know what could happen.

None of my films were processed in China; they were all express posted back hom from a stopover in Hong Kong.
Well, they dont speak English so all my contact with them (Mr. Film) is through my wife. She has been to their location and has seen how they work. They are incredibly professional in their dealing with her and from the volume of business that they do, it is clear that they have a large following. As I said before, they get film sent to them from all across China, not just the Shanghai area. Of course they are still human, as we all are. But compared to the other labs I dealt with, this place is light years ahead.

I love this lab. I can specify any b & W developer that I want, out of 6 or 6 to choose from. Here is one of their pages: