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I'm confused. I'd like to send you guys some 220 slide film for developing and scanning. I shoot 6X9, what will the resolution of my scans be? 4815x7588px? Is that $11.99 a roll of 220? If that's right I'm paying 3 times that at NCPS and will start sending you my 220 rolls right away.
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I'm confused. I'd like to send you guys some 220 slide film for developing and scanning. I shoot 6X9, what will the resolution of my scans be? 4815x7588px? Is that $11.99 a roll of 220? If that's right I'm paying 3 times that at NCPS and will start sending you my 220 rolls right away.
Based on the prices on their website, the ultra high res scans are the same for 135, APS, 120 and 220 at $11.99/roll.

From the order form, scan sizes are:

35mm Roll 4181x6305px
6x4.5 4824x3533px
6x6 4760x4832px
6x7 4815x5902px
6x9 4815x7588px

I got a roll of 135 back from them and am very happy. I plan on sending a handful of 120/220 in a few days.
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I have a question. Are you able to scan 6cm x 17cm from 120/220?
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Hi,

Is the Precision Camera website down? I was going to take a look to see if I could mail in some film over the weekend but I'm getting all sorts of errors? Internet is otherwise fine on my end so I wonder if it's PC's website.
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I just clicked on the link- works perfectly for me. Maybe a temp problem?
Maybe a temp problem, but it doesn't work for me today.

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The link works fine for me.

This is a great offer. I'll be sending in a couple of rolls once I come back from my trip to SF.
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Is the Precision Camera website down? I was going to take a look to see if I could mail in some film over the weekend but I'm getting all sorts of errors? Internet is otherwise fine on my end so I wonder if it's PC's website.
It was down yesterday morning due to a php problem but it is fixed now.
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I'm in Belgium. How much would return shipping cost ? I can develop E6 and C41 myself, but at your price, I'm willing to wait for the results ..

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A flat rate envelope, or a small flat rate box, is $13.25 to Belgium via priority mail.

First class is $7.12, if it's 8 ounces; 4 ounces is $3.76. This should give you a range, it's obviously best if you send multiple rolls. This is if the negs are cut, so they can be packed flat along with the CD.
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Scan "Soft"

Some of you might have missed my review of Precision Camera because it was published right before the deal was announced. The full text is here but the short version of it was that the service was good but my scans showed a compressed tonal range, and another user, CorreCaminos, suggested asking them to scan the images using the "soft" setting which is lower contrast.
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We can scan black and white, although the digital ICE is not compatible.

Also, the free developing is for E6 or C41, not B&W.
Say we prefer to do our own Tri-X developing. Will you accept rolled or cut, developed film for scanning in this same way?
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Some of you might have missed my review of Precision Camera because it was published right before the deal was announced. The full text is here but the short version of it was that the service was good but my scans showed a compressed tonal range, and another user, CorreCaminos, suggested asking them to scan the images using the "soft" setting which is lower contrast.
When I spoke with Miguel (CorreCaminos) back in November, he had indicated he had been ordering the lower-res scans as proofs, and then scanning his keepers again on his Coolscan for higher res. I suggested he try our ultra hi-res scans. He brought in some more film, and then emailed me this:

"Hi Robert,

I had several rolls scanned at Precision again (hi-res this time) and
they came out beautifully, so much so that I don't think I'll have to
rescan any of them w/ my CS9000.

I don't know if the problems I had before were because of the fact
that the scans were low-res or something else but everything is fine
now. I'll keep getting the hi-res scans and hopefully I'll be continue
to get perfect scans.

Thanks for you help with this,
Miguel"
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I thought I'd clarify pricing on this scanning special.

It's pretty simple: $11.99 for ultra hi-res scanning; E6/C41 developing is free! This is for 135, 120, and 220.

Savings over NCPS: from $5.46 to $19.91 per roll!
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Robert,

Does that price include the shipping back to the person?
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Sending 3 rolls 220 and 1 roll 120 today. Charging $8 extra for traditional black and white is a bummer.
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Sending in 10 rolls of film. Looking forward to seeing the results.
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Can your lab handle scans from square "2/3 frames" from a Zeiss Tenax?
They are not half frames.
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Well, I was kind of expecting 1-2 day turnaround, but clearly it's going to be a bit longer. Not that that's a huge problem.
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Just thought I'd say I am pleased with the service and the results. Sent in several rolls from here in New Zealand (even with shipping, Precision's cost is lower than I can get in NZ just for processing).

Got the film and CD's back today, uploaded them into Lightroom, and the scans look very good. Had a couple of rolls of the new Portra 400, and two rolls of Ektar 100 processed and scanned. One roll of Ektar was 35mm, and the rest were the first rolls through my new Mamiya 7ii.

The 6x7 scans are probably better than what I'd get out of my V700 without considerable effort. As for 35mm, scans aren't quite as good as what I get out of my Nikon CoolScan 5000, but darn good considering the price.

While I'd love to get the scans back in DNG or TIFF format, the JPG scans won't stop me from sending in another 10 rolls of 120 within the next week.

Good job Precision!

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Also tried the ultra high res scans with Tri-X and was very happy with the result. Clean, detailed scans, with great tones. Thanks, Precision.
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For folks that have sent film, how has the turn around time been?
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I'm still waiting on mine.
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Mine was apparently sent out on Thursday. Since I shipped it to work, I probably won't see it until Monday or Tuesday. It arrived at the lab the previous Wednesday, so it was there for 7-8 days.
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Certainly a reasonable time frame.
Good to know, thanks!
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E6 is only run 3 days a week, so depending on what day the film arrives, it might take longer than color neg.

We are investigating setting up an ftp system where customers will be able to download the scans. This will save a lot of time and return postage, and no need to burn or mail CDs...stay tuned.
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E6 is only run 3 days a week, so depending on what day the film arrives, it might take longer than color neg.

We are investigating setting up an ftp system where customers will be able to download the scans. This will save a lot of time and return postage, and no need to burn or mail CDs...stay tuned.
I would be highly interested in this. I'm looking very forward to getting my package.
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E6 is only run 3 days a week, so depending on what day the film arrives, it might take longer than color neg.

We are investigating setting up an ftp system where customers will be able to download the scans. This will save a lot of time and return postage, and no need to burn or mail CDs...stay tuned.
Yeah I figured it was something along those lines.

The ftp thing would be AWESOME. I've dreamed of something like that. Haha. Yes, I know I'm sad.
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Does that price include the shipping back to the person?
I want to ask the same question. Does that price (11.99$) include the shipping back the film? I am from Canada, Ontario.
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I want to ask the same question. Does that price (11.99$) include the shipping back the film? I am from Canada, Ontario.
Of course not.
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We are investigating setting up an ftp system where customers will be able to download the scans. This will save a lot of time and return postage, and no need to burn or mail CDs...stay tuned.
Robert, how much longer before this system will be set up? If we're talking about a week or so, I can wait, but if not, I'll send in my film now and I'll wait for the CD to be send to me.

As an aside, how are you guys packaging your film? Just a box with those styrofoam peanuts?
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Sure hope you make the promotion permanent. I've got a dozen rolls to send.
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Regarding turnaround, I can't remember for sure but I want to say around a week total for a couple of Tri-X rolls.

Robert: FTP would be great. Definitely a plus for you guys. I have a question regarding the promotion, can you still get the promotion if you want push processing? I am wondering if we would pay only the difference between regular and push processing or if push processing is not eligible for the promotion at all. Thanks.
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This is great. I'm glad I caught this. The last place I tried sending my film, was the last time I'll try them. Looking forward to try the service.
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I just received my first batch of shots back from precision. Instead of burning my files on a DVD each roll of 220 was put on a separate CD. This meant that a relatively simple import process took almost an hour between switching disks, etc. Guys, can you burn me DVD's in the future?

Secondly they don't number their folders in any order but toss them in a DCIM folder, unlike say NCPS and then each DCIM folder contains a folder always labeled '100NORIT' which is the default for the scanner, but absolutely intolerable since I have to relabel everything myself. This was a small order but I would have been pulling my hair out had this been 20+ rolls. Please don't leave the scanner set to it's defaults.

It's late, I just brought my new born daughter home from the hospital and I'll write more thoughts on the actually scans in the morning.
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Goodbye NCPS, hello Precision Camera!

Got my images today. I'm really impressed with the first roll I've looked at. The scans are great. So is the new Portra 400!

It is true that each roll is on 2 CDs. So I'll be importing 20 CDs for a little while. On the other hand, Photo Mechanic's ingest feature works pretty well for that, so I only have to select new folders for each roll and they should all come in fine. Then a batch rename and I'll be good.
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Tim, I'm glad that you're happy with the results. I sent some film to Precision this afternoon. I'm pretty excited to see the results.
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Instead of burning DVDs we are working out a system so customers can simply download their scans. The time required to burn CDs (or DVDs) is something we hope to reduce or eliminate; efficiency here will lower our costs, and customers will be able to receive their images from 2-3 days to over a week faster (depending on location.) Return postage will also be reduced in many cases.

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