Mail-in film processing


Link Posted 02/06/2019 - 16:13
Sadly I only managed to shoot one film with my CLA'd MX before my local processing lab/shop closed down.
I will now have to use a mail-in service does anybody have a recommendation?
I would be looking for processing and high quality scan producing a CD or DVD.
I notice my local Tesco has a Max Spielman implant, are they any good?


Link Posted 02/06/2019 - 16:56
I use these for b+w

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Link Posted 02/06/2019 - 17:39
Yep Harman do a great job.

Digitlab are also excellent, and good value if you can send 2 or 3 together.

A lot of Boots stores still offer processing. Their results are hit and miss, particularly the scanning I find.


Link Posted 02/06/2019 - 22:18
I use the harman lab for mono and peak for colour. In both cases I go for the low resolution scans because the higher res scans are much more expensive, even when ordering at the time of processing.
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Link Posted 03/06/2019 - 21:27
I used to use The Darkroom UK but have now switched to ag-photographic.

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Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

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Link Posted 05/06/2019 - 19:51
I develop and scan myself now but have in the past been very happy with Photo Film Processing:

Good results and reasonable price-wise. Will push/pull film too.


Link Posted 03/02/2020 - 17:13
I just had a couple of 35mm B+W films come back with scratches on the negatives, parallel to the perforations and on every frame. The films were used straight out of the boxes and the cameras (MZ-S) look immaculate inside. I have only very rarely seen this in the past and I am wondering if this is a problem at the lab? A colour 35mm film and a couple of 120 films sent in at the same time came back fine. Has anyone else had similar issues? Before I change labs, is there anything obvious I should check? Pressure plates in cameras are perfectly clean.


Link Posted 03/02/2020 - 17:21
If the colour 35mm was shot at a similar time and processed at the same lab, the scratches would suggest it's a lab issue.

If otherwise your happy with the quality and service from the existing lab, I'd be inclined to contact them, complaining in a reasonable manner and see what they come back to you with.

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Link Posted 03/02/2020 - 21:19
Do the scratches line up on both films (it's possible there's a problem with the lip on the film canister)? If the colour went through the same camera, it's unlikely to be that. Running s blower brush through the film chamber won't hurt

The only real way to investigate is to shoot another roll and have it processed somewhere else.
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