Good Mail Order Processor for 120?

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Stewart, Aug 13, 2005.

  1. Stewart

    Stewart Guest


    I've looked in the archive and haven't seen a recent thread on this
    subject. I live in Canberra and have finally given up on the lab that is
    used by several of the local camera shops for E6 processing. Scratches,
    smears, cutting off the edge of images rather than between them, you
    name it. Once they even punched a hole in an exposed frame!

    So I'm interested in knowing whether there is a good mail order lab that
    can handle E6 processing of 120 and 35mm, can follow instructions,
    push/pull if required, and most of all, produces consistently good
    results. Obviously Sydney or Melbourne would be best.

    I mainly shoot Velvia, if that makes a difference.

    Stewart, Aug 13, 2005
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  2. Stewart

    Norman Guest

    Check out

    They are a very professional and excellent quality photo lab.

    I used to deal with them for over 25 years and was always very happy with
    their service.


    Norman, Aug 14, 2005
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  3. Stewart

    DJ! Guest is fantastic. Service is second to
    none and they actually have a team of dedicated E6 processors who know
    120mm back-to-front and inside-out.

    (No - I'm not connected to them in any way, shape or form. Just a very
    satisfied customer who's used them before)

    DJ! - OzDJ
    DJ!, Aug 14, 2005
  4. Stewart

    [BnH] Guest

    2nd that.
    Price is not cheap, but you get what you want.

    [BnH], Aug 14, 2005
  5. Stewart

    Rob Guest

    Your comment "not cheap" is a bit unfair. Have you worked out just how
    much chemical cost is to process a roll of film - its the same
    replenishment for 120 and 135-36.

    You factor in there costs and see what it comes to then.

    Rob, Aug 14, 2005
  6. Stewart

    Justin Thyme Guest

    While in Canberra recently, I found there are 2 places that do inhouse E6.
    One is in civic, the other is in Fyshwick. The place in civic were fairly
    cheap, but I did notice some of the problems you describe. I didn't try the
    one in Fyshwick. They charge more, so I suspect they would probably do a
    better job. I normally don't use labs though - I only used them while I was
    on holidays. Normally I process myself - that way I rarely have scratches,
    and it works out at a fraction of the price per roll.
    Justin Thyme, Aug 14, 2005
  7. Stewart

    [BnH] Guest

    There are lots of ppl that can do the job, but none is as good as them. So
    what is your point there?
    The chemical cost the same, but its the expertise we are paying.
    You can ask a builder for a project, all of them would finish the job but
    the cost varies. So which one would you choose ?

    [BnH], Aug 14, 2005
  8. Stewart

    Rob Guest

    Its not cheap for the chemicals to process E6 to start with and when
    labour and quality control added then they charge a fair price. Cheap
    prices mean short cuts. All this does add up into processing costs.

    What they charge is not cheap but a fair price for a quality service.
    Rob, Aug 14, 2005
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    Poxy Guest

    Have you tried Bica?
    Poxy, Aug 14, 2005
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