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Ryan Tully , Apr 01, 2009; 05:49 p.m.

Hi all,
Does anyone know of a lab I can send my kodachrome rolls to for development? The place I usually get my film developed only knows of a lab in Kansas to send it to and it will cost $25. I appreciate any tips y'all have.



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Ellis Vener , Apr 01, 2009; 05:54 p.m.

the Kansas lab is it y'all.

Robert Lai , Apr 01, 2009; 06:01 p.m.

Go to Wal-Mart (present almost everywhere in the USA), go to the photo section, ignore the clerks, grab a film processing envelope. Fill out your name, address, and then in the bottom tick off the "special instructions" box.
Then write in the special instructions box "KODACHROME K-14".
Wait 10-14 days, and pay $6.88 + Tax.

PS. All Kodachrome processing on planet Earth is done by Dwayne's, in Kansas. Wal-mart has arrangements with Fuji labs to do the send-out color negs, and E6 chromes. If Fuji realizes that the film is Kodachrome, then it forwards the envelope to Dwayne's. The slides come back in a nice box, all fully mounted in cardboard.

Vincent Peri , Apr 01, 2009; 06:02 p.m.

Here is the contact page for Dwayne's:
They charge $9 a roll for 36-exposure Kodachrome.

Robert Lai , Apr 01, 2009; 06:05 p.m.

I forgot to mention that Wal-mart's film envelopes also will get your 120 size film developed in a couple of days (for negs). I've even had them make 3x3" or 4x6 prints from the film.
Cost is a princely $1.88 (One dollar and eighty-eight cents) for negatives.
For 120 E6, the cost is similar to the 35mm slide film price.

Robert Lai , Apr 01, 2009; 06:07 p.m.

As Vincent points out, it's cheaper to process Kodachrome through Wal-mart than to send it to Dwayne's directly. However, via Wal-mart, you will get only mounted slides back. If you want an unmounted strip, then you need to mail to Dwayne's directly.

Josh Root , Apr 01, 2009; 06:12 p.m.

And trusting Walmart to not screw anything up is always a crapshoot.

Patrick Mont , Apr 01, 2009; 06:12 p.m.

Dwayne's Photo is the last place on this earth that will process it for you. Their website is Dwaynesphoto.com. They offer processing for $9.00 per roll. If you have never shot any, I highly, highly reccomend it!!! You may also want to check out the Kodachrome projcect if you are going to shoot some. http://kodachromeproject.com/pages/contents.html You can also find some great forums where you can learn anything you will ever need to know about Kodachrome http://www.kodachromeproject.com/forum/index.php Good Luck and have lots of fun! You can also send your film out through Wal Mart no problem. Just fill out a send out envolope and write Kodachrome Slides Process K-14 and pick it up in a week. You will save a few $ that way.

Robert Lai , Apr 01, 2009; 06:17 p.m.

Wal-mart has one of the most advanced logistical infrastructures in the world. That's one of the reasons why they are so phenomenally successful. They have not screwed up any of the films I have sent in this way. If you send it to Dwayne's directly, you have the US Postal system to depend upon, and you have to pay $4 shipping on top of the development fee.

Dwayne's did cut through a frame once (it was #37 in a roll). They sent a letter of apology and even gave me the processing for free. That's service!

Dan Goldman , Apr 01, 2009; 06:54 p.m.

The problem with sending only 1roll direct to dwayne's is that its like 9bucks for processing, then 4bucks for shipping or something.... then .25 a roll after that. Walmart is $4.5 a roll, or was a month ago, so thats where i go and let them forward it. I recommend putting a postit on the film canister that also says "process K14" so that it does not get processed at walmart by accident. (fairly certain most still offer onsite processing).
Its really not that big of a deal, just fill out the mailer and note to process K14, drop in the slot, say a prayer, and then pick it up when they give you a call a little over a week later (i usually start calling after 10days anyway though). The film is one of a kind and everyone should shoot at least one roll of the stuff.
Also, i believe all fuji processing is done by dwayne's now too, mailers, walmart, etc all go to dwayne's.

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