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Best place to send off my B&W Film for developing ?

Discussion in 'Colour or Not' started by Skyehammer, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. John King

    John King In the Stop Bath

    Sorry to dissapoint you, I do believe Boots is closing all it's processing outlets in the iminent future.

    AG Photographic in Birmingham do process almost any film contact them via


    They are a main supplier of analogue materials and I have used them many times to replenish
  2. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    Apparently the ASDA in-store outlets are gradually discontinuing processing films as and when the machinery becomes defective. A friend who doggedly sticks to film recently had a film very badly processed in one of these, after I leaned on him he did ask for, and receive, a refund.

    A local shop that used Fuji processing equipment and generally did a reasonable job has also ceased to process film, now about this great film revival...
  3. beatnik69

    beatnik69 Well-Known Member

    Wow, a double zombie thread. Resurrected twice! :D
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  4. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    What's wrong with bringing new life to something, especially around the subject of film & processing? ;):p
  5. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    Zombies need friends too! :D
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  6. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    I've corrected the typo in the link.
    - bad enough having zombies without getting "Server not found" messages as well !
  7. John King

    John King In the Stop Bath

    There should not have been a typo - it was copied over from their website! Although I didn't check - it should not have been necessary
  8. John King

    John King In the Stop Bath

    I don't know if you are aware but Mailshots is no longer trading. If you Google Mailshots you get various companies who are involved with exactly that Mailshots - advertising to your dood, nothing to do with film or photography

    For the gratest range of film, AG photographic in Birmingham are probably the best, However they are not the cheapest and the postal charges pump up the price. I have used a company called Morco, they are based near Mansfield, Notts and can be, but not always, cheaper than most of the others.
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  9. David Loxley

    David Loxley Well-Known Member

    I cut my teeth on Ilford FP3 (many years ago) D&P'd my own in Ilford Chems.
    Tried E6 most have now faded to a yukky beige
    Used much Kodak C41 and used Boots as D&P proofing; reliable film developing.
    2017, the first Boots order was "lost in transit" found and took 4 weeks
    second film was processed on time but went £walk-about" for a week
    Not a happy bunny.
    Agree with John King = ditch Boots.
    Agree with Roger Hicks "do not ignore Ilford processing in Mobberly"
    I spoke to a helpful young chap about returning my Leica cassettes for mono processing.
    "Let's give it a try" said he.
    Anyone ever used Max Spielman for C41?
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  10. swanseadave

    swanseadave Well-Known Member

    "Anyone ever used Max Spielman for C41?"

    I used them years ago for C41 but not during the last 10 years or so.They used to be very good.
    No idea what they`re like now though.
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  11. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    I used the local branch and they were appalling. The chemicals must have been well overdue for replacement.
    I now use ag photolabs in Birmingham and they are head and shoulders above a man standing on the shoulders if you get my drift
  12. David Loxley

    David Loxley Well-Known Member

    Thank you spinno and swanseadave, I had already sent a roll of to Spielman postal. If you hear a loud bang in the near future.............
    I'll do a comparison with ag photolabs with another roll. Foretunatly just test rolls, had some kit serviced
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  13. neilt3

    neilt3 Well-Known Member

    I've used my local Max Spielman for all my C41 processing since they shut the Denton branch of Jessops years ago .
    Both 35mm and 120 .

    I've had a load done over the years and only had one roll messed up .
    Not because of old chemicals , but because they had just changed them and a nozzel was blocked .

    For 35mm , develop only ( no prints or scans ) they charge £3 .
    120 is more expensive as they send it out and can only be done with prints ( not process only ) so as well as starting to shoot C41 5"x4" I'm starting to develop my own .
    The cost of a 1l kit seems to be about the same per film as 35mm that I pay , but the other formats it will be a big saving as long as I process a large batch of film .
    I already have a Jobo processer for colour film and prints .

    For odd roll's of 35mm C41 , I might as well just get them to do it .

    For black and white , I've only ever processed my own .
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  14. David Loxley

    David Loxley Well-Known Member

    Have to use Max S. postal service, we live in rural N.Yorks. from posting to receive = 7days. Quality looks O.K. the 6 x 4 prints are v. good proofs. Cost, as neilt3 say is low.
    The roll due for ag photolabs not yet ready but in due course.
    Years ago I had a nice darkroom set up in the loft; then we moved; then we moved; then we moved. So home processing has been neglected for a while.
    Having used FP4 for 30 years I have just loaded up with Delta 400. See how this geriatric gets on with it.
    Thanks neilt3.
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  15. David Loxley

    David Loxley Well-Known Member

    Hello England,
    Just experienced a dealing with AgLabs.
    It was not service with a smile BUT one with and enormous grin, a cheery wave and a superb greeting.
    Film, C41, sent Thursday 2 Nov
    e-mail r'cd. Friday 3 Nov 11.55
    e-mail r'cd, Friday 3 Nov 16.41
    Photo's received Saturday 4 Nov a.m.
    36 exp. d&p postage both ways included £11.83.
    No guarantee of turn-round time, but good example.
    Easy to use:- Buy on their web-site, order form simple.
    NO worries, mate!!!
    Thanks; John Kin Mach 21
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  16. neilt3

    neilt3 Well-Known Member

    Dang ! Took a roll of C41 into Max Spielman for process only and it's gone up from £3 to £4 !
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  17. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    Are we talking traditional B&W or C41 B&W.
    If the former, you don't send it anywhere. I suspect that the latter is equally home processable.
  18. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    You don't have to send it anywhere!

    C41 can indeed be home processed. In either case though it is not that it can't be done, but a matter of convenience, if you are only using the occasional roll it is not really worth processing at home, unless you actually want to.

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