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Where do you get your film developed now-a-days?

Robert Scrivener , Feb 06, 2010; 02:32 p.m.

This could go in film&processing more so than Canon FD, but I'm posting here because I feel it will reach a more specific target audience - people who still shoot film, not just learning about it or discussing chemistry.

Where do you get your 35mm developed? Locally, or send out?
I have a ziploc bag of film in the freezer to develop and when I took one last night to get developed and scanned to CD, the two big stores in my area (Wally World, Target) said they don't develop in store anymore. I ended up taking it to Walgreens.

Normally I use a pro shop when shooting film for profit, but it's about USD$15 to develop and scan a 36-exp roll of C-41... More for E6. So it's hard to take rolls of every day shooting to a pro shop and spend that much, and I'm not just super impressed with Walgreens. Not bad, but I wanted scans a *little* bigger than 916K file size.

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Jeremy Richter , Feb 06, 2010; 02:36 p.m.

My B&W film gets developed in my guest bathroom. And I do take my C41 to the Walgreen down the road. They do a fine job. Then I scan them myself. I don't do this professionally, so these methods yield acceptable results for my personal purposes. JR

Robert Scrivener , Feb 06, 2010; 02:39 p.m.

I develop my B&W as well but get horrible scans with my all-in-one. What kind of scanner and software do you use?

Louis Meluso , Feb 06, 2010; 05:23 p.m.

Day-to-day stuff goes to Walgreen, with a Fuji Frontier system, for process only. I scan 'em myself. For serious work, I use H&H Color Labs in Raytown, MO . World famous lab. A real deal dip-and dunk C-41 line. Top techs handle all formats. They actually make great high res (75mb) scans, too. All at a price, of course. One of the last of the great labs in the midwest. They make excellent prints in a dizzying array of papers, surfaces and mounting options. However, I always print my own work. Print making is one of the great joys of photography for me. If I were still shooting chrome I would use Dwaynes which is just down the road a piece here in Kansas. I no longer shoot B&W film in 35mm format. I process 120 and 4x5 B&W here at home.

Mark Stephan , Feb 06, 2010; 08:01 p.m.

I still take mine to the local camera store and have them develope the negatives only. It costs about $2.50 for a roll of 36 exposures and I scan the negatives with my CoolScan V and go back to the store for the few prints I want or need. For my E-6 film I take them to Wal-Mat and send it off for about $7.00 a roll and then scan and print a few.

Stephen Lewis , Feb 06, 2010; 08:30 p.m.

As always - bulk roll stuff is developed at home. Chromagenic stuff at Walgreens. Dwaynes (via circuituous routes) for slides. If I really need incredible large B&W work I run into Chicago and have Gamma handle it.

Mark Wahlster , Feb 06, 2010; 08:49 p.m.

Costco was doing a great job until a little while ago haven't been in there in a while. I shoot mostly slides and mount my own So I get the Pro lab in Salem to develop in strip (I cut too) for $8.00 they even give me the little plastic box since if I had them mount I'd get one.

Mark Wahlster , Feb 06, 2010; 08:49 p.m.

Costco was doing a great job until a little while ago haven't been in there in a while. I shoot mostly slides and mount my own So I get the Pro lab in Salem to develop in strip (I cut too) for $8.00 they even give me the little plastic box since if I had them mount I'd get one.

Rick Janes , Feb 06, 2010; 09:04 p.m.

Old school here, two trips to my local camera shop. For me shop visits remain an enjoyable part of the "process", happy hour as it were. Scanning happens at home, for prints I'm back downtown! (10 minutes by car, 5 by bicycle)
And where else can you hear a local instructor on digital techniques shoot her mouth off, with gems like "I just cannot believe anyone still shoots film, given the modern state of digital!!!"
It's just not my job to educate the ignorant...keep your workflow away from my funflow, I'm on happy hour!

Jeremy Richter , Feb 06, 2010; 10:35 p.m.

I use a V500. It's fairly good, though it does better for MF and LF than 35mm. JR


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