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  1. #1
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    Film Camera Users, Nikon or Otherwise

    To whom do you entrust your processing (local and / or national), film, slides, and/or prints?


    Living in Virginia, !00 years ago I used to use Ritz Camera (one of their local stores for me back then) or Seattle Filmworks. Both gave satisfactory results, but this is a different time. Have sent a few rolls out to Mpix, and have no complaints, but just want a couple of other options.


    Did a quick (“film processing”) search on the Nikonites site, but nothing really came up. Please adviser if I missed something.


    One local lab did look promising originally, but they haven’t returned emails or phone calls, so I may have to scrub them. In the interim, still looking.

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    Re: Film Camera Users, Nikon or Otherwise

    I haven't done any film in years, but if I did, I'd take it to Allen's Camera. They do their own processing and printing right there. No idea what prices are now though. Prior to that, I used to send it out thru Best Buy or BJ's Wholesale Club which sent out their film processing to Kodak. Target used to use Fuji processing which always gave me a color switch.
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    Re: Film Camera Users, Nikon or Otherwise

    Just on a side note, when you have a lot of time to spend, Fstoppers did a series of confessional stories on youtube about working for Ritz Camera leading up to the retail stores bankruptcy. Entertaining and appalling at the same time. Especially horrific was how the photo lab was allowed to deteriorate without maintenance.



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8fGoxm5aRY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIVulreIrHc&t=0s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4BVl2teev8&t=0s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAAh-begCTw&t=0s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onFF__cwFFU&t=0s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUIh3jv4Njg&t=0s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQo3CQV3XcU&t=0s

    Now the last film I had processed was after I discovered an expired roll packed in with my Minolta XD-11 in 2010. It was cheap Polaroid stock, nothing special. I shot it and had it processed and scanned in the store lab at my local Walgreens. But today I most likely would take film to The Camera Company in Madison, WI which is my local camera shop. Alternately after looking at a news story about Richard Photo Lab, I saved the link just in case.
    Cameras
    Z5
    D750
    D600 (infrared converted)
    Lumix DMC-ZS6
    Nikon Lenses
    Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S
    24-120mm f/4
    50mm f/1.8G
    70-200mm f/2.8G VR
    28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D
    500mm f/8 reflex
    Other Lenses
    Carl Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon
    Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art
    Sigma 150-600mm f/5.6-6.3 C
    Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD

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    Re: Film Camera Users, Nikon or Otherwise

    PS: I remember another video by Smarter Every Day when he visited Indie Film Lab. Interesting to watch the big machine in action with lights on.

    Cameras
    Z5
    D750
    D600 (infrared converted)
    Lumix DMC-ZS6
    Nikon Lenses
    Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S
    24-120mm f/4
    50mm f/1.8G
    70-200mm f/2.8G VR
    28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D
    500mm f/8 reflex
    Other Lenses
    Carl Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon
    Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art
    Sigma 150-600mm f/5.6-6.3 C
    Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD

  5. #5
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    Re: Film Camera Users, Nikon or Otherwise

    My fav. is The Darkroom...Photo Lab Film Developing | Develop Film by Mail for $12 - The Darkroom

    One of the few labs that deliver prints on Silver gelatin photographic paper. Their ONLY business is developing film... Turn around time is very fast, and they supply film mailers...
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    Re: Film Camera Users, Nikon or Otherwise

    Quote Originally Posted by FredKingston View Post
    My fav. is The Darkroom...Photo Lab Film Developing | Develop Film by Mail for $12 - The Darkroom

    One of the few labs that deliver prints on Silver gelatin photographic paper. Their ONLY business is developing film... Turn around time is very fast, and they supply film mailers...
    Thank you.

    If I interpreted the ad correctly, they return your negatives. Is this correct?

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    Re: Film Camera Users, Nikon or Otherwise

    Yes, they do... Here's my typical workflow with them... Bear-in-mind, I'm in Florida on the East Coast, and they're in Oceanside, Ca. on the West Coast... so mail delivery used to be (BTP, BeforeThePandemic) 3-5 days. 2 days processing on their end, and they'd post your images to your acct. So in a week I'd get some feedback on what to expect... I can then go thru the images, online, and order whatever prints I want... Although, I rarely order prints... Once they've finished processing, they return the negatives along with a CD if you ordered one... They have a couple of options for scanning at high resolution if you don't have access to a scanner... I usually just have them do the processing and a high resolution scan, and upload/download the images from my acct. on their site... By the time I receive the negatives, I've already processed and printed what I need, so the negatives just go into my storage box...along with documentation with regard to where on my computer the scanned images are... Long time ago, I used to print my own images from the negatives, but sadly, those days are gone...

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    Re: Film Camera Users, Nikon or Otherwise

    Thank you again.

    Back in the late 60's I used to do my own B&W, start to finish, because I had a pretty complete darkroom, but no real temp control to even consider color. Today, I really don't have a good place to put the darkroom back into play, so have to pay the piper for any processing I want done. As mentioned, have used MPix and have no real complaints, but will try others once I start putting film through the camera. Was really hoping that the local lab had responded 'cause I'd like to support local businesses, and they seem to have all the equipment and a pretty impressive gallery of their work.

    Thank you again, and all the best.
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