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Where to get slides developed

Discussion in 'Everything Film' started by ksporry, May 14, 2005.

  1. ksporry

    ksporry New Member

    Guys,

    Recently I have been taking a liking to good oldfashioned slide photography.
    About 2 weeks ago I got my first set of velvia back, I had send it to Jessops. When I got them I also handed over two rolls of 120 film. When I got home I found that they cut the strips in the middle of the frames! So I called them and said that I wanted the 120 rolls I handed uncut!
    Now, 2 weeks later, they haven't got my slides back yet, and I bet they lost them! That would make 2 out of 2 cases that they screw up. A failure rate of 100%
    My first advice is: boycot jessops!
    Furthermore, i would like to know if people can recommend me some DECENT and professional labs where I can take my film to without the risk of it being screwed up, any ideas anyone?
     
  2. Salazar

    Salazar In the Stop Bath

    I found Fuji Labs very good.

    In recent tests in AP on labs, Jessops have not came out well.
     
  3. TimF

    TimF With as stony a stare as ever Lord Reith could hav

    My normal is Peak Imaging, who will return your film mounted, unmounted in 6-strip sleeves, or presumably uncut if you ask for it - I have mine unmounted, so I don't pay for mounting the usual 35 or 36 crap pix! :)
     
  4. Bettina

    Bettina Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately, don't know where you're based. If you're in or around London, you might try Metroimaging. They ususally turnover whatever you need in about two hours and developing only doesn't cost the world. :D
     
  5. Lounge Lizard

    Lounge Lizard Well-Known Member

    For 35mm, I find process paid Fuji film to a good deal and Fuji do a reasonable job with the processing.
     
  6. stephanj

    stephanj Well-Known Member

    I quite like the proof sheet option that Peak Imaging offer. Useful when you don't have a lightbox handy. Or a window. Or a bright light. Or...

    Oh okay, I just like them.
     
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    0 Guest

    A vote here for Metro in Birmingham. They've won AP's Slide Processor of the Year 4 times in the last 8 years ('97, '99, '00 and '03) and produce nice clean slides in a pretty quick time. Numbered mounts if you like, too.
     
  8. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    The Fuji lab also does work for other companies (it's not owned by Fuji) - Boots I know of, but there are others.

    Personally, I mostly use dLab7, but Metro, Fujilabs and Peak are all good, and I have often used Transpacolor successfully.
     
  9. Sir_Alien

    Sir_Alien New Member

    I have used d2Lab for iso50 slide film. 100 and 400 iso I usually buy with process paid from FujiFilm.
     
  10. robbybobby

    robbybobby Well-Known Member

    I cast my vote to Peak Imaging too. They've always delivered superb service, turn around slides within a day and get it right. Prices are reasonable too.
     
  11. NookieBear

    NookieBear New Member

    Metro Birminghams's website is http://home.btconnect.com/Peter-Gaffney/. They can be hard to find when searching for them on the Internet.
    They are my favorite processers. Quick mail-order turn around, and above all, nice, CLEAN slides. I get mine unmounted as I just want to scan them.
    Oh, and very reasonable prices too.
     
  12. 0

    0 Guest

    Also accessible at http://www.metrocolourlab.com (as in my post above). I agree with all your comments, especially about the clean slides. The only problem I had with them was when the post office lost my slides after Metro posted it to me. [​IMG]
     
  13. LenShepherd

    LenShepherd Well-Known Member

    If you contact Jessops Head Office customer services you will get a fair hearing.

    When Jessops E6 was at Bury they managed to get a top to bottom (not left to right) "scratch" identical to that made by the film splicer on one frame of an E6 film.
    The lab sent a "wonderful" letter saying my camera did it!

    Customer service sorted it out, did a Photoshop scan and clone for me and gave me some free (not Jessops!) film.

    ***

    I am looking for an ideal but reasonably priced lab.

    Fuji use "stick for ever" glue (no good for glass mounting and an absolute no no for a drum scan) and the flimsiest and thinest mounts in the business = likely to jam in many projectors.
    Many serious users will not touch Fuji for these reasons.

    Jessops and Agfa are done by Fuji but mounts are much better and there is far less glue.
    You can get Jessops and Agfa process and mount mailers for around £32.50 for ten via adds in A.P.

    Trouble is there is a problem with incoming mail in Coventry.
    No matter where you post first class it takes 3 days to get to Agfa.
    This stretches total turnroud to around a week.
    Agfa have a web site giving quick and instant tracking of your mailer number.
    Agfa and Jessops post back second class.
    With Agfa second class back means overnight 60% of the time, and never more than 48 hours.

    ***

    Does anyone know of a similar service in a city where your films do not disappear into a Post Office hole for a couple of days?
     
  14. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    What on earth has Coventry got to do with anything?
     
  15. 0

    0 Guest

    Perhaps Len's been sent there![​IMG]
     
  16. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Probably! "Many serious users will not touch Fuji for these reasons" - well, I suppose the rest of us are frivalous users! [​IMG]
     
  17. LenShepherd

    LenShepherd Well-Known Member

    It is the sorting office for incoming film mailers to Fuji, Agfa or Jessops mailers.
    Boots use the same location but use their own delivery system if you drop your E6 off at a Boots store.

    Outside of these there are only pro labs.
     
  18. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    No, Len, it's not. The sorting office is in Leamington, as is the lab. It's just a CV postcode.
    I'm utterly astonished you've had problems - turnround has always been around the 3-4 day mark from posting to receipt whenever I've used them - and wherever I've lived at the time, not just now that I live between Coventry and Leamington!
     
  19. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    P.S. And ignore the fact that the postal address of the Lab is Warwick - although it's well-nigh impossible to work out where Leamington ends and Warwick begins, it's in Leamington.....

    P.P.S. There was a strike at the Leamington sorting office a while back - maybe that was the source of the delays.
     
  20. LenShepherd

    LenShepherd Well-Known Member

    Whatever the source it's still going on.

    If you track your films progress on the net as I do it is rare for a film posted first class to get their quicker than 3 days (with a straightforward road journey down the A1), and the Agfa service section say they are inundated with complaints similar to mine.
    Interestingly the processed films posted back second class usually come overnight - must quicker than they get there.

    Whatever the problem it's still going on.
    Worse still if you complain to Royal Mail they say they cannot (read will not) help with regular proven first class mail delay at a specific sorting office.
     

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