Mail-order film processing & scanning services ? (USA)

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Al Dykes, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. Al Dykes

    Al Dykes Guest

    I'd like advice on pre-paid mail-order (is there any other kind these
    days?) C41 processing. I want a service that delivers files. I don't
    care about the developed film. Is there any reason I should?

    I don't want a CD in the mail, either. The files would be on their
    file server for me to download. Such a service would cut at least a
    couple days off the turn-around and a buck or two off their costs.

    If such a service doesn't exist, it should.
     
    Al Dykes, Jun 3, 2010
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  2. Yes, no matter how good the scans are, the film will be better. It probably
    won't matter to you now, but some day it might.

    If all you want is pure digital you might as well get a digital camera and
    be done with it. If you look around you can get a used Sony Alpha cheaply
    and they take Minolta autofocus (Maxim/Dynax) 35mm lenses.

    Not to imply that they are the same sensors, but Sony makes Nikon's sensors.
    In plain English that means that Sony is capable of making Nikon quality
    sensors, if any show up in the Sony cameras is a matter of speculation, I'm
    sure a web search will provide lots of (mis)information.

    As for pre-paid, I assume that any service you would use casually would
    want a credit card number, etc. Business might have an account, but I
    expect you are not talking about the volume that would require.
    Maybe. Someone still has to put them in a directory, password protect it
    and email you the URL. It has to be done in such a way that a casual and
    possibly a determined interloper does not gain access to your images.

    That's a much higher level of skill than printing out a label, sticking
    it on an envelope and tossing it in the mail.

    Geoff.
     
    Geoffrey S. Mendelson, Jun 3, 2010
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    Tim Conway Guest

    This company is good. Unfortunately, though, they don't download files,
    only give cds.

    http://www.dalelabs.com/index.html
     
    Tim Conway, Jun 3, 2010
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  4. Agreed. It's hard to discern what benefit, if any, would come from such
    a roundabout processing arrangement. Especially since the OP doesn't
    even care about the film after processing.
     
    David Nebenzahl, Jun 3, 2010
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    Don McC Guest

    Free postage-paid film mailers and your photos posted on line.
    CD optional.
    http://www.snapfish.com/snapfish/welcome
     
    Don McC, Jun 3, 2010
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    Bruce Guest

    Bruce, Jun 4, 2010
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    Don McC Guest

    http://www5.snapfish.com/snapfish/scancafe/
    Click on details

    Snapfish has live IM help on their Web site. They should be able
    to answer your questions.
     
    Don McC, Jun 5, 2010
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  8. Al Dykes

    Al Dykes Guest


    This is the clearest statement I can find about how they work. $2.99
    for developing, scanning and getting prints in the mail sounds too
    cheap.

    Now you can get digital photos without buying a digital camera!
    When you send your rolls to Snapfish, we automatically upload your
    photos to your Snapfish account. We provide free film mailers or
    shipping labels, so all you have to do is send in your film. The
    cost to develop and upload your photos is only $2.99 a roll, plus
    shipping, for a full set of prints and your negatives. Your first
    roll is on us!
    http://www.snapfish.com/snapfish/howitworks/pns/snapfish/mailerreg
     
    Al Dykes, Jun 5, 2010
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  9. Hmm; maybe they retain rights to all your pictures in perpetuity, in
    case one of them turns out to be commercially viable.
     
    David Nebenzahl, Jun 5, 2010
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    Al Dykes Guest

    A little more clicking findsrhat there is a $2 S&H charge for the
    prints & negatives. If the quality is there, $5 for processing and
    proof prints doesn't sound bad.

    The scanning is 1,000 x 1,500. Good enough for most Web use but not
    archival.

    Getting quick online access to these scans has some value for me. For
    the one-in-100 shots I want scanned to highest standards, I can find a
    local service.
     
    Al Dykes, Jun 5, 2010
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    Bruce Guest


    Thanks, that is the information I was asking for.


    But the OP doesn't want his negatives back. Nor does he want prints.
    he just wants them scanned.

    In that case, Snapfish is not a suitable service for the OP because a
    1.5 MP scan (1000 x 1500) just isn't good enough.
     
    Bruce, Jun 5, 2010
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    Robert Coe Guest

    : On 4 Jun 2010 20:33:52 -0400, (Al Dykes) wrote:
    : >
    : >The scanning is 1,000 x 1,500. Good enough for most Web use but not
    : >archival.
    :
    :
    : Thanks, that is the information I was asking for.
    :
    :
    : >Getting quick online access to these scans has some value for me.
    : >For the one-in-100 shots I want scanned to highest standards, I can
    : >find a local service.
    :
    :
    : But the OP doesn't want his negatives back. Nor does he want prints.
    : he just wants them scanned.
    :
    : In that case, Snapfish is not a suitable service for the OP because
    : a 1.5 MP scan (1000 x 1500) just isn't good enough.

    The trouble with that argument is that Al *is* the OP. ;^)

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Jun 5, 2010
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