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Silvano Color Labs Ltd. Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Len Marriott , Mar 09, 2012; 04:35 p.m.

Sign of the times? Another pro lab bites the dust. http://www.silvanoimaging.com/ My lab of choice for over 40 years closed it's doors on 3 Feb. 2012, after 57 years. Now what do I do? Guess I'll have to go fully digital soon. Best, LM.

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John Shriver , Mar 09, 2012; 04:42 p.m.

Well, support some other Canadian lab via mail order for now. (I know it's futile trying to send across the border to the US and back.)

Dave S , Mar 09, 2012; 08:06 p.m.

Why futile? I send my 120 across the border to North Coast Photo. It works out fine, but I batch my work and send several rolls in each order.

My 35mm C41, I can still get done locally with excellent results. But it's a matter of time . . .

John Shriver , Mar 09, 2012; 08:30 p.m.

Well, I've heard horror stories about getting nailed for duties shipping between US and Canada, and ridiculous fees from UPS for "customs services". Maybe that's really only a nightmare for merchandise, and film flows smoothly.

Dave S , Mar 10, 2012; 12:58 a.m.

John, yeah, it seems to work OK for me. My North Coast negatives and DVDs come back by ordinary USPS Priority Mail, so they're either right in my mailbox or I pick them up at the Post Office. I've never paid duty or brokerage, or for that matter sales tax, either.

The only downside is the cost of postage, which is $20 - 25 to cover both ways. I mitigate that by sending my film in batches of 5 to 15, and if I'm in the U.S., I mail my film for $5 in a flat rate box before leaving.

John Crowe , Mar 11, 2012; 09:43 a.m.

Gosh, very sad to hear.

I criss crossed the GTA last year just to have fun checking many of the pro camera stores and was shocked when I did not see any 4x5 Velvia not to mention 35mm either. I then even found it difficult to find them on-line when I got home. That really made my choice of selling my 4x5 equipment and getting a Canon 17 TS-E very easy. I have been fully digital since.

Several years ago I could only afford to buy a full frame DSLR buy selling all of my Kodachrome 25 for ten times what I paid for it.

While obviously progressive, the digital revolution has certainly taken a large toll.

Again, very sad to hear about Silvano's, I used their services on several occasions, and they were one of the few, if not only, shops open on Saturdays.

Richard Ilomaki , Mar 18, 2012; 09:13 p.m.

RIP Sylvano's. I dealt with them when theywere on eglinto ave and I wasm ordering ferrania film!!

Try Toronto Image Works at 80 Spadina, where Edward Burtynsky is one of thew principals. As of 2 weeks ago they were still doing 8 x 10 EK and C41 processing ad still had darkrooms for rent.

Richard Ilomaki , Mar 18, 2012; 09:13 p.m.

RIP Sylvano's. I dealt with them when theywere on eglinto ave and I wasm ordering ferrania film!!

Try Toronto Image Works at 80 Spadina, where Edward Burtynsky is one of thew principals. As of 2 weeks ago they were still doing 8 x 10 EK and C41 processing ad still had darkrooms for rent.

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