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who isnt rubbish?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Raz, Jun 7, 2000.

  1. Raz

    Raz Well-Known Member

    im having an awefull time and lot of expense trying to find a processor and printer for my needs.. i shoot on 120 and 35mm film xp2 ,B W ,slide ,colour neg.. infra red.. i just want a company that is ok.. doesnt matter about excellent, and relaatively cheap.. as money is a large issue!
    i do my own enlargements its just having to hand develop 30 ,120 HP5 films is now getting annoying.. i want a company that isnt a palace of dust and scratch's and the prints are saturated and sharp..(and prefrably the negs cut in 6's) and perhaps they might look at the pictures to check the density etc.. and make sure they are what they should be from the neg? (somewhere that prints the whole of the neg would be nice to.. everywhere i go i get 10x8 prints from 35mm
    they should be 12x8. its getting very annoying.. people keep saying try local processers.. i HAVE.. please can i have one name that cheap and ok.. im guessing someones local company will be the choice as large companys aren't the way to go.. everytime ive lost films or gotten other peoples pictures!!
    thanks again.

    Im looking to be an assitant or for commsions.
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  2. Eco

    Eco Member

    I've always found Colab to be very good and their price goes down with bulk loads. I use them mainly for E6 and handprints from trannies. They are a pro/amm outfit. Their website is at http://www.colab.com/

    I hope you find them ok. Let us know how you get on.


  3. Col. Hogan

    Col. Hogan Well-Known Member

    You get 8 x 10 prints standard from your processor? I'm amazed [or maybe I misunderstood]. The standard size I get is 4 x 6. Everything else is an enlargement and costs more. Good luck in your search for a lab.
  4. tonymidd

    tonymidd Well-Known Member

    try Dunn's Imaging, they are a pro outfit and very good value for money.
    URL is www.dunns.co.uk.
  5. Raz

    Raz Well-Known Member

    thanks everyone for your suggestions.
    ive tried a uber of places including some larger firms and haven't
    have much success.. im starting to think my brand new
    17-35 and 28-70 2.8 lenses aren't as sharp as everyone says!!
    i even shot 2 test rolls with a tripod at 500thsec at F8
    to test sharpness and sent ehm to max speilmann, and they bugged up my oprder
    yet still charged me for it. and the photos weren;t even sharp!
    ill trys duns, they seem reasonable for a pro lab..
    but i guess im just looking for somwhere that actually monitors
    colour saturation and sharpness. boots are they best ive seen so far!
    and they are still awefull!
    the adventure goes on.. i think ill try colab!

    always looking for new work
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  6. DHarman

    DHarman Well-Known Member

    Hi Raz, unfortunately you're asking for a Pro' level of service here but for the price of a high street consumer lab. You can't have it both ways I'm afraid.

    Colab (and many other big labs) offer a Pro/Am service for an admittedly higher price - but no so high as a full Pro service - and seem to be pretty relaible.
    But if you're on a tight budget but you expect a Pro level of service for a consumer price you will end up having to pay for in the end, either by being constantly disapointed by your results or by inevitably having to pay more for professional style processing and getting what you want.

    Either way good luck.

    Doug Harman: AP
  7. Raz

    Raz Well-Known Member

    thanks for your advice..
    im not after a "pro" processer as such. just a competant lab,
    larger labs i tend to avoid from past experiance as there customer service
    goes down as its orders go up.. understandbly.
    peak imaging apprantly does well considering price(another photo magazines review)
    obviously e6 process and print packages arent very good unless you pay alot for handprints.. as all these digital prints seem very poor.
    i think ill try "transpacolor" or somthing along that name.
    after a lengthy phone call they
    seem lovely people.. and under a £10 for 12/120 e6 5x5 process and print isnt bad and £15 for 36/135.. not bad either and considering an e6 contact sheet is the same price, you cant go wrong!
    there may well be just a local in store lab that achives great results.. my mission is find it.
    im not after a pro one.. just somewhere that CARES.

    always looking for new work
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  8. DHarman

    DHarman Well-Known Member

    Fair points Raz. If you find one let us know, we may be able to include it in our lab tests which we carry out each year. However I have to say, in my six years on the magazine and doing such tests, service and quality is generally and regretably pretty poor.

    If anyone out there can recommend labs they use for quality and service let me know via the Private Mail service at the top of the page. I'll look into it.

    You never know we may be able to run a 'top lab league' in the future on the finished AP.COM site so that we can steer people in the UK to the good reliable labs around the country.

    What do you think?

    Doug Harman: AP
  9. Raz

    Raz Well-Known Member

    sounds like a great idea!
    possibly you could put a little note in the actual magazine
    asking for people to send there recommendations in?
    can i ask which lab you and colleagues use for personal work?
    or perhaps at least a recommendation to suit my needs at the moment
    please feel free to email me.
    thanks again.

    always looking for new work
    <A HREF="http://www.angelfire.com/on/aroof">http://www.angelfire.com/on/aroof</A>

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