Looking for photo lab in Melb - digital B&W up to 16"x20"

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Shane Agil, May 12, 2006.

  1. Shane Agil

    Shane Agil Guest

    I'm looking for a photo lab in Melbourne that people can recommend
    for quality digital printing in larger formats up to 40x50cm (16"x20"
    in the old money).

    The catch is that the images I want to print are in B&W, and any colour
    will ruin the images. I'd prefer to use a good quality paper&dyes as
    the prints will be framed.

    Can anyone recommend a lab or service that knows how to do
    decent B&W in this larger format ?

    Thanks in Advance.
    Shane Agil, May 12, 2006
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    hydro Guest


    hydro, May 13, 2006
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  3. Shane Agil

    HC Guest

    G'day Hydro

    Do you have a phone number for Dave R who runs the local telescope? I
    believe it's open on Wed and Sun nights and I'm interested in visiting
    tomorrow night.

    I don't expect you to post his phone number here, so you can reply by
    email if you wish?

    Bronwyn ;-)
    HC, May 13, 2006
  4. Try Image Science?
    Peter Marquis-Kyle, May 13, 2006
  5. Shane Agil

    Shane Agil Guest

    Thanks Peter & Hydro.

    I'm assuming that because you've both simply sent links, that you've
    happy with the services from these companies for this sort of work.

    The nulabs site seems to be oriented to people making a living out of
    photography, as opposed to (crazy?) amateurs like me who seem to just
    burn cash (and maybe have some fun) is that a fair assessment ?
    The Image Science site appears to offer a versatile service, are they
    expensive ?

    Regards & Thanks again,
    Shane Agil, May 13, 2006
  6. Shane Agil

    hydro Guest

    do you want a one off service or just send the CD off and the prints
    come back or do you want to upload your images?
    hydro, May 13, 2006
  7. Shane Agil

    Shane Agil Guest

    Hi Hydro,
    I'm happy to upload the images, send off a cd or drop around to the
    thats not so much a concern for me.

    I'm more interested in things like getting the paper quality right,
    and getting the tonal range out of the images like I would have in
    the "bad old darkroom days". (I'm a newly returning dinosaur after a 10
    year break that used to have a darkroom and now am hooked on the digital

    Shane Agil, May 13, 2006
  8. Shane Agil

    Guest Guest

    Shane, my favourite lab isn't into Melbourne, but I've had some
    good results from http://www.imt.net.au/imt/digitaloutput.aspx.
    If you're a professional photographer with an ABN their rates
    are not too bad. (See the downloadable PDF on the lower right
    of this link). They do a nice metallic print as well.

    Matt Mawson
    Guest, May 13, 2006
  9. Shane Agil

    Shane Agil Guest

    Hi Matt,

    Thanks for the feedback. I'll now add IMT to the list with
    Image Science, Nulab and Vanbar. I'll probably end up going for a
    Melbourne lab as I think the next step after checking out the websites

    will be to go in and have a chat and see how helpful the staff are.

    BTW I need to declare my ignorance, I've no experience with metallic
    can you point me to some good examples ?

    Regards and
    Thanks again to all who've given helpful replies,

    Shane Agil, May 14, 2006
  10. Shane Agil

    Guest Guest

    Shane --

    You need to have a print in front of you -- onscreen examples won't work.
    It's a standard photographic print with a metallic sheen.
    IMT do them on Kodak Professional Endura paper. Info --
    (or TinyURL http://tinyurl.com/9uu6o )
    Guest, May 14, 2006
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    Lionel Guest

    I've been very happy with my prints from NuLab (www.nulab.com.au
    IIRC), including a couple of largish (16x14") B&W prints. They also
    offer a metallic paper that looks really good on B&W prints.
    Lionel, May 16, 2006
  12. Shane Agil

    Shane Agil Guest

    Thanks to everyone for the excellent advice.

    In the end I have settled for a local company,
    Image Science http://www.imagescience.com.au/index.html

    I have found the advice from Jeremy at Image Science to be very helpful

    and the quality & service has been excellent.

    Shane Agil, Jun 26, 2006
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