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AdyB 12 13
24 Aug 2009 12:50PM
I'm back shooting 35mm film (black & white / Agfa APX and Fuji Neopan currently) along side digital at weddings.

Also bringing the old RB67 out of retirement shooting mainly colour transparency and black & white.

Used to use Transpacolor for all my E6 and a local lab for black & white. The local lab has since closed and although Transpacolor still do some excellent digital printing for me I would like to try out a couple of alternative labs for film processing - pref ones which are regularly processing film (and checking their chemistry) and a good rep.

Recently had negs back from a lab (will remain un-named) with scratches on the emuilsion. Don't mind scanning but sitting for hours doing unnecessary re-touching is not what I had planned.

Any recommendations or advice appreciated.

dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 762 England
24 Aug 2009 12:55PM
A couple of well respected names are Peak Imaging in Sheffield and Loxley in Glasgow.
Apologies if one of these is the one that caused scratches Smile
BigCol 19 1.8k 1 Scotland
24 Aug 2009 2:41PM
Peak imaging are very good, gotta agree with dark_lord, in fact I've just sent of a batch of 120 flims for processing.
Another I'm just trying is They do a Dev and scan service which is keenly priced. Just sent off a couple of films from the weekend so I'll let you know how it goes. They're a subsidiary of Spectrum who i've used once before, but a long time ago.
AlanTW 18 353
24 Aug 2009 2:43PM
Another vote for Peak Imaging

franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2009 4:11PM
AdyB 12 13
25 Aug 2009 2:36PM
Thanks for suggestions. Believe I used Peak way back in the 90s for E6 until I heard about Transpacolour who were then slightly cheaper.

Have just sent two black & white films (well, one is Neopan CN400) to Digitalab in Newcastle. A little apprehensive because one of the films is an Agfa APX 25. I'll post an update on results.

Will give Peak a try with my next rolls of E6.

BigCol 19 1.8k 1 Scotland
25 Aug 2009 3:24PM
Oh, Transpacolor. I'd completely forgotten about them. Didn't realise they were stil going.

I also used to use Lab35 as they were local but now they've moved up to Leicester.
Pete 19 18.8k 97 England
25 Aug 2009 3:31PM
Many of the labs we've tested over the years are still going, so our Processing Test here should be helpful.
dwilkin 14 24.3k United Kingdom
30 Aug 2009 10:58AM
I use Peak as well, and I know that Jeff (JJGee) does, too...
joolsb 16 27.1k 38 Switzerland
30 Aug 2009 11:00AM

Quote:Many of the labs we've tested over the years are still going,

Surprising.... but also encouraging....
matt5791 16 747 1 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2009 9:18AM
As always I receommend Palm Lab in Birmingham - they do a lot of B&W processing and printing (both digitally and by hand onto Ilford) Steve and Simon are very experienced.

landandlight 15 46 Scotland
31 Aug 2009 9:20AM
Loxleys no longer do any processing I'm afraid
503CW 11 5 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2009 9:24AM
Yes, Palm are a great, proper traditional lab with all the digital services too.

Quote:I'm back shooting 35mm film (black & white / Agfa APX and Fuji Neopan currently) along side digital at weddings.

I noticed that, if you are after Agfa APX100 - Ag Photographic have an amazing deal on Rollei Retro 100 - which is AGFA APX100 - Ag Photographic

25 for 20 rolls 35mm 36.
dwilkin 14 24.3k United Kingdom
4 Sep 2009 11:38AM
I looked at Palm, but couldn't find any kind of price list...
AidanT 14 49 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2009 6:02PM
I use Dunns of Cradley Heath in the West Midlands. They have a van service fro pickup and delivery. I'm afraid I don't know how far they travel but I'm sure they would do a postal servive.


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