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Reliable film labs in the USA
Old 11-03-2015   #1
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Reliable film labs in the USA

Dear Board,

So I've made the commitment to shoot 35mm film again. While I admit that I may get back into developing my own B&W 35mm film again it won't be something I do in the immediate future.

I can honestly say that I haven't had a roll of film developed in over 5 years and it's probably closer to 10 years. I did a cursory drive around my home region in search of places that still develop film and so far I'm down to WalMart and few drugstores like CVS and Rite Aid.

I will give WalMart a chance but I would like to know if there are any labs that you folks recommend? I am willing to pay decent money, meaning as much as $ 20.00 - $ 25.00 for development, a set of 4X6's and a scanned CD.

I'll ask if that price is off base first. If it isn't I'd appreciate hearing from people with experience using a particular lab that offers mail-order service, for I honestly don't know where to look even with Google.

I find places, but what I don't find are recommendations? I'd feel better with some of those!

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Old 11-03-2015   #2
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I just tried TheFindLab for the first time after seeing multiple recommendations here to try them. They seem to be a good lab at a good cost.
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Old 11-03-2015   #3
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Two that I can recommend based on past experience (albeit from a few years back):

http://aandi.com/

http://www.northcoastphoto.com/
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Old 11-03-2015   #4
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Old 11-03-2015   #5
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Depends on what exactly you want to do, but for high end film work Color Services is great: http://www.colorservicesllc.com.

Dwayne's is also very good: https://www.dwaynesphoto.com
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Old 11-03-2015   #6
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Duggal simply the only way in nyc for films, they got everything in-house
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Old 11-03-2015   #7
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I currently use Dwayne's Photo for mail order development and have been pleased. I just learned that they do not push or pull. Ever. So I'm now also looking for an alternative.
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Old 11-03-2015   #8
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millerslab.com

very fast turn-around with C41 35mm, Noritsu scans

you won't pay anywhere near $20-$25/roll.

35mm 12 exposure scans $6.00/roll + $2.05 developing
35mm 24 exposure scans $8.00/roll + $2.05 developing
35mm 36 exposure scans $10.00/roll + $4.10 developing

you can get regular prints or enlargements or almost anything you want (canvas prints, etc.) They are a pro lab but you don't need to be a pro to open an account.

I mail them the cassettes in a padded envelope via first class with tracking, 5 rolls costs about $2.50. For those that aren't aware, first class with tracking travels with priority mail, it will generally get there in 2 days, sometimes 3.

use paypal.com/shipnow to create the first class tracking label.

Free return overnight Fedex

$15 minimum order. yes, you can send one 36 exposure roll for develop and scan, and they'll ship it back to you fedex overnight for a grand total of $15.

On my last order I sent several rolls on Friday and got them back on Tuesday via Fedex.
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north Coast Photo was my go-to but they don't mount slides anymore. If you don't need that I would highly recommend.
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Old 11-03-2015   #10
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Dear Board,

Thank you all very much for the tips so far. I had heard of Dwayne's and NCPS but everything else I've seen so far is new to me.

I am an unapologetic homer and I like that someone above mentioned a lab in Philly. I at least have a choice to spend money locally and that's good thing to me.

If anyone else has a recommendation then fire away.

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Old 11-03-2015   #11
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+1 for FIND lab, some of us in Indonesia shipped our films all the way to have them processed by FIND, that means, excellent communication and minimal headache, they just get the job done.
Basic scan is fine for me.
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A pro lab: http://www.4photolab.com

I've had some work done here, an easy 10 minute drive. Good and reliable.
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Old 11-03-2015   #15
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I had some bad luck with Precision Camera, just so you know.
I just sent off some film to the FIND Lab in Utah. Just waiting to get it back, but so far I love them. They have a nice, easy to understand website and the customer service is amazing! They respond quickly to emails and are just really nice. I hope the work is just as good!
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I've used Old School Photo Lab in Dover, NH (http://oldschoolphotolab.com/) and Richard Photo Lab in LA (http://www.richardphotolab.com/). Have been happy with both but Richard Photo Lab has the edge in consistently delivering very good scans from color negative film.

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Old 11-03-2015   #17
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Hi Tim,

you may have a look on this thread, in which we discuss recommended labs (focus is on E6, but most labs offer C41 and BW, too):

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/foru...d.php?t=137289

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I had some bad luck with Precision Camera, just so you know.
I just sent off some film to the FIND Lab in Utah. Just waiting to get it back, but so far I love them. They have a nice, easy to understand website and the customer service is amazing! They respond quickly to emails and are just really nice. I hope the work is just as good!
I live in Austin and will not use Precision Camera. Best place here is Holland Photo. In fact, Precision used to send some of their stuff to Holland. go to: www.hollandphoto.com
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Depends on what exactly you want to do, but for high end film work Color Services is great: http://www.colorservicesllc.com.

Dwayne's is also very good: https://www.dwaynesphoto.com
Color Services doesn't supply a CD with the development, which costs about $9 for silver or chromogenic B&W. I've used them often (when I was shooting film) for XP2 development.

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I've used Philly Photographics for almost a decade now.

http://www.philadelphiaphotographics...ludes/body.asp
Excellent people and excellent service and excellent work. I've always been pleased with Philly Photographics....
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Philadelphia Photographics

Another vote for Philadelphia Photographics. Good service and good people and reasonable prices. Scans are always right on the money.
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Indie Photo Lab and Richard Photo Lab
Richard Photo Lab is overrated and overpriced.
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I will next try again Dwayne's Photo. They charge same amount for 220 and 120 film.
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I've had excellent B&W results from Ilford Lab US in San Clemente, CA (aka The Darkroom). I use their prepaid mailers for processing and CD of small scans and also a small contact sheet.
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I've been using Precision Camera in Austin for the past 3 years. Very happy with their service. Just another data point ...

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I've been using Precision Camera in Austin for the past 3 years. Very happy with their service. Just another data point ...

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I should amend my previous post. I do love Precision Camera and have been a friend of the owners since they opened for business in 1980. I've purchased a bunch on equipment and supplies from them over the years. However, I use Holland Photo here in Austin for most film processing. Every bit as good and closer to my home.

Just noticed that Walgreens will still process film, but they give you a cd with the images and do not return the film. Why?
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Good experiences here with two labs:

North Coast Photo, San Diego

Precision (sponsor here).

Both will give you excellent scans from C-41. North Coast develops B&W. I don't know about chromes for either lab.
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Precision has done a good job in the past. Like wine, the price of developing and scanning film is not indicative of quality. I sent a few rolls to Dodd Camera in Cleveland , frankly with low expectations. Their charge was $8 a roll to develop and scan, 35mm or 6x6 C-41. Being local there weren't any mailing costs, beating Dwanye's, which actually does a decent job. Dodd came back with properly exposed scans that were accurately color balanced, the best of the labs I tried yet - and the least expensive to boot.
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I currently use Dwayne's Photo for mail order development and have been pleased. I just learned that they do not push or pull. Ever. So I'm now also looking for an alternative.
Dwayne's likes to undercook b/w negative film - just be forewarned. They don't want to ruin the film of people using really crappy equipment that overexposes. If you are doing b/w, I would suggest A&I.

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Friends of mine have excellent experiences with AgX Imaging:

http://www.agximaging.com/

Excellent quality E6 processing, outstanding service and the prices are even cheaper than C41 at lots of other labs.

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I use Denver Digital Imaging Center (http://www.theslideprinter.com/) however I was very unimpressed with their scans. Unfortunately I had the reverse experience with Old School Photo Lab (https://oldschoolphotolab.com/), the development was poor on 3 of 4 rolls, but the scans were great. I haven't shopped around much more, but I need to find a better option for development and scans since I don't have quite as much free time anymore to scan my own negs.
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I had multiple problems with Dwaynes over the last year or so, and that drove me to develop my own film. The frustrating aspect of it is that they never responded to my email complaints. Before that time, however, I had good results and I sent all my film to them from approximately the end of Kodachrome to circa 2016.
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Two I know and use:
- Precision (a sponsor here), free developing for RFF members for C-41 and excellent scans delivered by DropBox.
- North Coast Photographic Services, San Diego, same high res scans with same equipment as Precision

Also, we hear a lot about:
- Dwaynes

Frankly, I wouldn't use any of the consumer locations any more (Walmart, CVS, etc.). Even if they are doing film, their retail personnel may not know what film is.
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Another recommendation for the FIND Lab.
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