Digital minilab and B&W negatives

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Anderson E Santo, May 20, 2004.

  1. If the minilab is basically a scanner and a printer, why the prices to
    B&W enlargements is higher than a regular C-41 color negative ?

    Anderson E Santo (Recife - Brasil)
    Anderson E Santo, May 20, 2004
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  2. Probably the novelty or rarity of printing B&W makes them think they should
    charge more. Plus they may have to interrupt the normal colour flow to flip
    the switches into B&W mode while they put your job through. But really, if
    you are shooting B&W these days why are you taking it to a mini lab? The
    best you can expect from anything a mini lab does is to use the output as a
    "proof" copy. I have a scanner and photo printer but they pale in comparison
    to what I'm able to achieve by printing my own B&W at home.
    In The Trenches, May 20, 2004
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  3. You are mistaken in assuming that the price is dictated by cost. Once
    the costs are payed, price only depends upon what the customer is
    willing to pay. And they pay more for rarity, exclusivity, or anything
    else different from the usual. So, vote with your wallet, and tell the
    shop you are not willing to pay more for the same work.

    Gilbert Dumont, May 20, 2004
  4. I'm seting up a home lab to process b&w films. Print is not my target
    at the moment...

    My next step is learn the enlargement process.

    Anderson E Santo, May 20, 2004
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