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B W D&P

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by keymoo, Nov 1, 2002.

  1. keymoo

    keymoo Member

    Hi,

    I need a good photo lab with an excellent reputation that will dev and print Ilford Delta film. Can anyone recommend a good one that does mail order?

    Thanks.
     
  2. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

    Give these dudes a try "Mark" (is that your name?) I've found them to be excellent with E6 but I've never tried them for monochrome. Why? Cause I do it myself! I reckon you are missing out on half the fun of monochrome by NOT doing it yourself. It ain't rocket science you know. Get yourself a cheap developing tank and some chemicals and start "doing it in the dark" It really is the most fun you can have with your clothes on you know!

    http://www.peak-imaging.com/htmls/mpnp.htm

    BigWill

    <font color=blue>Someday Jeri Ryan will weaken!<font color=black>
     
  3. gareth.lock

    gareth.lock Well-Known Member

    I can wholeheartedly agree with BigWill. There is something about producing your own negs. I then scan them in at 300dpi to produce my contac tprint and blow up the ones I want.

    Steepest learning curve is getting the bloody film onto the spiral. Once you have done that it is as simple as reading a recipe book. I picked up my Dev tanks and chemicals for about £20 (daylight change bag was another £15) and the chemicals should see me for about 10-15 films. I bought one-shot stuff as that was all they had in my local camera shop when I was starting.

    If you want some links to 'How to...' sites drop us a line, we will be glad to help.

    Gareth

    Images of Life
     
  4. keymoo

    keymoo Member

    Thanks for the comments. I used to dev and print all my own work, but I just don't get the time now. Three kids under the age of 4 and my own business, plus other things keep me too busy. I do agree that printing your own is very rewarding. I may do that once the kids have grown up...
     
  5. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

    .......oh yes, many an expletive has been muttered as the film sticks on the spiral despite your best efforts to coax it round the bloody thing! All part of the fun though. There really is nothing to beat the satisfaction of having "done it yourself"

    BigWill

    <font color=blue>Someday Jeri Ryan will weaken!<font color=black>
     
  6. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

    Kids..........don't ya just love the little bleeders! What about digital "Keymoo"? It's the new thing for the "man on the move"?

    BigWill

    <font color=blue>Someday Jeri Ryan will weaken!<font color=black>
     
  7. keymoo

    keymoo Member

    Are you guys trying to presuade me not to get someone else to process my films? I just want a few recommendations of reliable, quality photo labs. :)

    I might go digital in a few years when the quality is good enough. I view digital photography a bit like audiophiles view CDs. They stick with vinyl. It has it's place for snaps, but I don't believe it has the depth of a "real" photograph.

    Anyway, we're going off on another tangent. Please post a list of good photo labs.
     
  8. neilford

    neilford Well-Known Member

    I have to agree with you, I'm just too busy to have time to do my own dev. That's why I shoot almost exclusively on T400 CN and get the films developed by ESP-LAB.

    Have just acquired another printer to dedicate exclusively to printing monochrome prints... just need the time to scan all the negs I have waiting :)

    - Neil.
     
  9. neilford

    neilford Well-Known Member

    I'd suggest having a look in the back of Black and White magazine, there seem to be a number of specialist B&W developers listed in there.

    The only recommendation I have is a negative one - there is a developer based in Basingstoke who I used for some films, the dev was okay but the negs were very badly cut.

    - Neil.
     
  10. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

  11. neilford

    neilford Well-Known Member

    <blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:<hr>


    Anyway, we're going off on another tangent. Please post a list of good photo labs.

    <hr></blockquote>

    Not been here long have you? ;-) Threads have a habit of doing that on here, it's something you get used to.

    - Neil.
     
  12. gareth.lock

    gareth.lock Well-Known Member

  13. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

    ......absolutely!

    Big(Brian is God!)Will

    <font color=blue>Someday Jeri Ryan will weaken!<font color=black>
     
  14. Stef_Pause

    Stef_Pause Well-Known Member

    Hi Mark,

    to get back on topic /img/wwwthreads/wink.gif, how about Ilford themselves? Not particularly cheap, but very good quality. Unfortunately (even though I've got a d&p presentation box here) I can't remember the contact details as they didn't print anything on it /img/wwwthreads/frown.gif

    Anyone got contact details for Ilford's D&P lab?

    Cheers,

    Stef
     
  15. nicxx

    nicxx Well-Known Member

    Er, don't I seem to remember them getting an appalling review for B&W D&P in AP a couple of months back?

    ermx
     
  16. nicxx

    nicxx Well-Known Member

    You do it with your clothes on? How boring...

    ermx
     
  17. nicxx

    nicxx Well-Known Member

    Yeah but that's SLIMEY! The rest of us mere mortals can't even hope to achieve anything as good as that:-(((

    How's Brian anyway, he stopped posting whilst I was busy also not posting, I hope he is OK.

    ermx
     
  18. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

    Oh he's fine. Still the same old Leicaholic he always was, just can't be arsed posting here anymore..........which is a shame really.......I miss the old bugger!

    BigWill

    <font color=blue>Someday Jeri Ryan will weaken!<font color=black>
     
  19. nicxx

    nicxx Well-Known Member

    Ohhhhh tell him hello from me and I miss him too!

    ermx
     
  20. Stef_Pause

    Stef_Pause Well-Known Member

    Dunno? AP voted them B&W Lab of the Year 2001, so I wouldn't have thought they would've slipped that much, but you never know? I've been happy enough with them.

    2001 in order:
    <table>
    <tr><td>Ilford</td><td>83%</td></tr>
    <tr><td>Kodak</td><td>76%</td></tr>
    <tr><td>York</td><td>62%</td></tr>
    <tr><td>Jessops</td><td>60%</td></tr>
    </table>
     

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