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Rite Aid film developing question

Andy L , Nov 05, 2009; 12:19 p.m.

I've seen a couple references lately to having C41 film processed at Rite Aid where it gets sent out to a Fuji lab, which got me interested (since good inexpensive processing is hard to find). I went into a Rite Aid in MA, and indeed they had envelopes for processing, and a machine for prints but no in-house film processor, but the prices only referred to prints and the staff were easily confused, and of course there's no good info on the net. So, a couple questions for anybody who has used the service:

-Say I don't want prints, just a CD. Can I write instructions on the envelope like "NO PRINTS; CD ONLY; DO NOT CUT NEGATIVES" and get the expected result? How much will I pay and how good are the scans? And if I use Kodak film will they mess up the scanning?

-Can I give them films other than C41 35mm? Like E6, or K14, or 120 or 220 C41 or E6? Is this like Wal-Mart where if you give them something they don't do they'll forward it to Dwayne's?

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Tom Aellis , Nov 05, 2009; 12:34 p.m.

Yes, you can do exactly that? Now I can't help you with K14 but all the rest works.
Please try Walmart first as they are MUCH more less expensive, they have the envlopes and you drop in a box. About 5 days later you have them execpt for E6 and 120 which take about 10 days. They call you when they are in and they read the instructions completely. (Fuji Lab)
I've even asked them to return the 120 spool and every time they do.
Without prints, for a roll of 120 I generally pay $1.90

Hal B , Nov 05, 2009; 12:34 p.m.

I don't know about Rite Aid, but here's my experience:

I sent film (E-6) to Fuji through Sam's Club. I specifically wrote on the envelope: "No prints, processing only, do not cut negatives". The film came back mounted on slides. I was furious, as I had planned to feed the negative strip into my film scanner at home. I called Fuji, only to be told that when they receive bulk envelope orders from a retailer, they have a policy to ignore any special instructions and throw away the envelopes. They say they can't be bothered to sort out each individual's preferences when they are working for so little money on a "bulk" order. I was reassured that if I had sent in my film directly, NOT through Sam's Club, that the technicians would have had to follow my instructions.

It seems pretty crooked to me, but that's the story I got. Also, I wouldn't expect any service outside of a true professional lab, analyzing each frame individually, to produce good scans without messing them up. I have had abysmal scan results from Wal-Mart, Costco, Sam's, and Walgreens. I won't let them scan my film anymore. I scan myself, at home. If I need a particular frame reproduced at high resolution, I go to the closest local pro lab.

Walgreens is my most reliable for being able to process C-41 film only. They will process 24 frames for about $2.25 and 36 frames for about $3.25. They are always confused when I make the request, but they are willing to roll up the negatives without cutting them, too. I still can't get them to make a good scan, though.

Bob Himmelright , Nov 05, 2009; 03:12 p.m.

this goes back a long time....but when I was working for Eckerd....which in my area sent out to fuji,
1)if you were lucky and asked for slides uncut/unmounted they would be however negs were always cut.
2) you can't get a CD only, a cd MUST be ordered with prints
3)once your negs are cut, they won't make a cd.

the scans will be frontier scans at either 1200x1800 pixels or 1000x1500 pixels depending on how their machine's PIC is set up. Either way, scan quality will be awful.

Tom Aellis , Nov 05, 2009; 03:26 p.m.

By the way, if you've not heard of Richards Photo Lab in Hollywood they are indeed the very best photo lab in the U.S., if not the world.
The scanning is off the hook crazy good and I think they still use the SP-2500
Tom

Bob Himmelright , Nov 05, 2009; 04:43 p.m.

goes to show that frontier scan's aren't bad if people know what they're doing/take the time to change away from the default settings.

By the way, if you've not heard of Richards Photo Lab in Hollywood they are indeed the very best photo lab in the U.S., if not the world.
The scanning is off the hook crazy good and I think they still use the SP-2500
Tom


Tom Aellis , Nov 05, 2009; 06:51 p.m.

Bob, your very correct sir! The frontier's are perhaps the very best if in the hands of the right tech. At Richards, they really do care. I have my own Processors now so do everything in house but before that it was Richards and worth it.
I hope to get that sp2500 myself one day.

Sam Norris , Nov 05, 2009; 07:52 p.m.

I was told by a Rite Aid (now CVS) photo dept. employee who I have a long term processing relationship with, that to send your images into Fuji Processing is to submit them to entirely mechanized processing and that individual images or film strips are not looked at and no adjustments or special processing can be expected. It is also more time consuming and expensive than having processing done locally.

Bob Himmelright , Nov 05, 2009; 11:30 p.m.

Sam, you speak the truth...100%

John H. , Nov 05, 2009; 11:39 p.m.

They say they can't be bothered to sort out each individual's preferences when they are working for so little money on a "bulk" order.... ...It seems pretty crooked to me"

It makes complete sense nevertheless.


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