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Labs in the San Fernando Valley (Los Angeles) Area

Doug Meek , Jun 13, 2002; 01:20 p.m.

Hi Everyone.

I live about 30 miles north of Los Angeles and am looking for an excellent lab for doing prints (type R or cibachrome) from my 4x5 transparencies. I would like to be able to drive to the lab in person, so I was hoping to fing something in the San Fernando Valley or even the Santa Clarita Valley where I live. However, I would be willing to drive as far as Hollywood if necessary. Any recommendations would be deeply appreciated.

While I'm on the subject, I've read previous postings that finding a lab to do cibachromes is next to impossible. Should I go to the trouble of looking for a lab that does good cibas, or are the Fuji super-gloss type R's just as good ? Thanks in advance for your invaluable responses to these 2 questions. As a newcomer to LF I cannot tell you how much I have appreciated this forum and it's members. Happy shooting everyone !


Daniel Flather , Jun 13, 2002; 02:17 p.m.

Would a good drum scan and ouput to a lightjet not do?

Doug Meek , Jun 13, 2002; 04:52 p.m.

Hi Daniel.

Your bring up an interesting third alternative. To be honest, I have never seen a lightjet print so I don't know how it would compare with a more traditional non-digital method. I shoot 4x5 landscape color transparencies (mostly Velvia) and as such I am dealing with contrast issues like all other Velvia shooters in this forum. I'm sure that you (and others in this forum) can answer the question that you posed much better than I can. What do the members of this forum think - which of the following types of prints will best represent my original chromes without blacking out those areas that are slightly underexposed - 1)Fuji super-gloss type R 2)Cibachrome 3)Lightjet from a drum scan ? Also, if the forum's concensus proves to be the digital route, does anyone know of a lab in my area that does good drum scans and lightjets ? See what you have done Daniel ? You have "narrowed" my choices from 2 to 3 ! (just kidding - I appreciate your input and this is how I learn). Thanks again everyone.

Daniel Flather , Jun 13, 2002; 06:14 p.m.

My lab uses a drum scanner of sorts (don't know what it is) and they output to a Chromira. Looks good, try it and see what u like. Really you are the only one who can decide. The bonus with the scan is that you will have a great scan of the image you can use for the web and do any editing you want at home if you have photoshop.

Andre Noble , Jun 14, 2002; 08:11 p.m.

Doug, how's Burbank? Contact "Crush Creative" (Used to be "Newell Color/Photobition") at 1919 Empire Ave, in Burbank (Hours 8am - 6pm M-F, (213)380-2980). This is THE professional lab for color work in LA. They handle NASA's photography. Excellent service, reasonable prices.

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