Advice on where to develop c-41 in the U.S.
Old 02-05-2019   #1
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Advice on where to develop c-41 in the U.S.

Hello everybody,

I just recently relocated to the U.S. (south Florida) and I have some film (c-41) that I would like to get developed and scanned. I was recently in NYC and it was around 30 USD to get a roll developed and scanned, coming from Bangkok, those prices are a little high.

I was wondering what labs you send your film to to get decent developing and scans. I just did a quick google search and realized there are some labs in my area but they are quite expensive, so I would like to know what my options are in terms of good quality film labs in the U.S.

I am contemplating switching over to B&W and developing and scanning the rolls myself, but I am sitting on some color rolls from Tokyo and NYC that i would like to get developed and scanned pretty soon.

Thanks in advance for your recommendations.

cheers, michael

edit: I just saw that one of the RFF sponsors (Precision Camera) offers developing and scanning for 11.99 a roll.
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I gotta say no to them. They’ve ruined film of mine, sent back crappy scans, had technical issues which caused delays - w/o refunding payment for rush service. never again.

I use northcoastphoto, thefindlab or dwaynesphoto if I dont scan it myself.
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Hi, Michael,
Next time you are in Atlanta, give me a shout!

Film? Right now I am using a local lab at about $20/roll. I forget.., but I am using Dwayne's now for slide film and such. I highly recommend Dwayne's!

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Precision... A sponsor here. Excellent high res jpg scans.
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Precision... A sponsor here. Excellent high res jpg scans.

Thanks a lot, I am going to send them my film tomorrow.

Thanks a lot Dave, would love to come to Atlanta and hang out with you, I’m actually pretty close to you now.

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I gotta say no to them. They’ve ruined film of mine, sent back crappy scans, had technical issues which caused delays - w/o refunding payment for rush service. never again.

Or when they occasionally process E-6 in C-41 chemistry...
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Indie Photo in Philadelphia is the lab I use for C-41.
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Hello everybody,

I just recently relocated to the U.S. (south Florida) and I have some film (c-41) that I would like to get developed and scanned. I was recently in NYC and it was around 30 USD to get a roll developed and scanned, coming from Bangkok, those prices are a little high.

I was wondering what labs you send your film to to get decent developing and scans. I just did a quick google search and realized there are some labs in my area but they are quite expensive, so I would like to know what my options are in terms of good quality film labs in the U.S.

I am contemplating switching over to B&W and developing and scanning the rolls myself, but I am sitting on some color rolls from Tokyo and NYC that i would like to get developed and scanned pretty soon.

Thanks in advance for your recommendations.

cheers, michael

edit: I just saw that one of the RFF sponsors (Precision Camera) offers developing and scanning for 11.99 a roll.
Dales in Hollywood, Florida. They're close to Miami.
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There's a place in Tampa. Forget the name.

Although I'm local, I got used during the Kodachrome days to sending C41 stuff to Dwaynes in Kansas. Now we mostly shoot B&W, develop and scan at home.
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+1 for Dwayne's Photo. They have been great to deal with and do good work at a reasonable price.



@steveyork—I don't know of any decent labs in Tampa, but if you happen to remember the name, please let me know. There is a lab called Zebra Color in St. Petersburg that did a good job for a few rolls for me several years ago, but I no longer work near there so it's more convenient to just mail my stuff off to Dwayne's.
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+1 for Dwayne's Photo. They have been great to deal with and do good work at a reasonable price.



@steveyork—I don't know of any decent labs in Tampa, but if you happen to remember the name, please let me know. There is a lab called Zebra Color in St. Petersburg that did a good job for a few rolls for me several years ago, but I no longer work near there so it's more convenient to just mail my stuff off to Dwayne's.
That's them -- Zebra Color. Tampa or St. Pete, all the same to us over here on the east coast.
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