National Photos - Advice/opinions/cavaets?

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Dragul, Sep 24, 2003.

  1. Dragul

    Dragul Guest


    I'm almost through a roll of film, and have been considering sending
    it to National Photos for 'mail order processing'... mainly because I
    have a so-called 'special offer' whereby I can get a replacement roll
    of film, index print, and photo CD for around $13.

    These photos aren't super-important to me (mainly just experimenting
    with this and that - very amateurishly at that)... but I would still
    be very annoyed if the negs came back damaged in any way, or worse
    still if they never came back at all.

    Does anyone have anything to say about National Photos? Either good,
    bad, or indifferent, I'd be very grateful for anything you can



    PS. Please don't send replies to my email address as it hasn't worked
    for some time :p
    Dragul, Sep 24, 2003
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    Mike N Guest

    cannot comment on personal experience with them, but apparently they are
    owned by Kodak so they "should" know what they are doing ?
    The only reason I know this is because I got a promo offer from them the
    other day, in which they mentioned that National photos, as Kodak's mail
    order business, has been made the exclusive seller of kodachrome. By my
    understanding of exclusive, that means we wont be seeing kodachrome in
    retail shops in the future ....not that this will worry the digital crowd
    but it seems a bit short sighted to me.
    Mike N, Sep 24, 2003
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    Phred Guest

    G'day Mike, have you got this the right way round?

    I ask because a bloke up here was sounding off yesterday (Tuesday)
    about National "buying out" Kodak's slide business and what that
    implied for the future of Kodak film generally.

    As for the availability of Kodachrome, you can't buy it most places
    now anyway! Are you sure it's not just that National are now the
    "exclusive" *distributors*? Be bloody surprising if you can't get the
    stuff down the track from retailers like PC in Bne.

    Cheers, Phred.
    Phred, Sep 24, 2003
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    Mike N Guest

    Well, I'll quote exactly from the letter in front of me.....
    "as Kodak's mail order business, National Photos has been involved in the
    processing of Kodachrome for many years. Due to this relationship, Kodak has
    made the decision to make National Photos the exclusive seller of Kodachrome

    and in the small print, with the ABN number etc, "National Photos is a
    trading name of Kodak (Australia) Pty Ltd"

    That says to me that National Photos is a subsidiary of kodak, and will be
    the only seller (not distributor) of Kodachrome films.
    maybe the profit margin/turnover is too slim for kodak to sell in the shops
    nowadays, so they are going to sell direct by mail/online/fax ? The only
    time I buy it is when I'm going overseas anyway, but I would probably buy
    another brand over the counter rather than order kodachrome especially.
    Mike N, Sep 24, 2003
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    Audrey Guest


    I haven't used National Photos in ages, but I have used extrafilm a bit, and prints are fine. They take around a week to
    get prints back to you, but thumbnails are available on their website
    usually within about 2 days of posting the film to them. Have a look. $8.95
    for 36 exposures, with index print and internet thumbnails, add on another
    $8.95 for prints on CD. They charge $2.50 per roll for postage up to a max
    of $10, from memory, so it may get to the point where they're not a whole
    lot cheaper than the local store, and you'd get them quickler. The guy who
    runs extrafilm, Rob Tolmie, used to be at National Photos many years ago.

    Audrey, Sep 24, 2003
  6. Wow, you're doing better than me.

    I post my film to ExtraFilm on Mondays, get them online Thursday night or
    Friday morning and get the prints back the following Thursday or Friday or
    Monday after. (Has been getting progressively later despite the "Express
    In-lab Processing" option).
    I use their Free-Film-For-A-Year offer though. $20 - and every film you
    send them, you get a 36 exp roll back free.
    However I must say, their prints are much better than you're standard 1hr
    lab and worth the wait.
    The online thumbnails though have recently gone through a change and are of
    a much worse quality (they've done this so you're unsatisfied with them and
    order the higher res. photo CD - a pretty lowdown move if you ask me - not
    happy with that and have told them so)

    Thomas Houseman, Sep 25, 2003
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    Adam Guest

    Thank-you all for replying so quickly... before posting I did a couple of
    searches through the archives, and the most recent mention of National
    Photos was August 2000, and the concensus wasn't good.

    I guess that was before NP became part of Kodak though.

    OK, just a couple of things I forgot to mention in my first post that may be
    important... I'm shooting 35mm neg film (as I guess you'd assume anyway), and I
    live in Brisbane.

    Thanks again for the quick/helpful replies,

    Adam, Sep 25, 2003
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    eug k Guest

    What do you think of their film? How does it match up to the usual Fuji Superia
    or Kodak gold print film?

    eug k, Sep 25, 2003
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    newBjorn Guest

    I'll never forgive those bastards for cooking my negs of Prague & Norway.
    Can't say much for their concern about custome feedback either.
    Sure, it was 10 years ago, but you don't forget that sort of thing.
    newBjorn, Sep 25, 2003
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    Audrey Guest

    Thomas, I paid the extra dollar once for the priority in lab service and it
    took a day longer than it does without the priority service <G>.

    Eug, I've got the free film for a year offer too, and I find it quite
    acceptable in my little Samsung Vega that I carry around all the time to
    take photos of the kids. Saves me quite a few $$ as I take a ton of pictures
    of them. I've always been a Fuji fan, and I think that the Superia packs a
    bit more punch in the colours than does the Extrafilm film, it seems a
    little flat. So if I'm doing anything semi serious with my SLR, I still
    reach for the Fuji. What do you think, Thomas?


    Audrey, Sep 25, 2003
  11. Yes, I quite like the ExtraFilm film.

    I find it not as red as Agfa and not as green as Fuji. Think it's quite
    balanced really. (Or maybe that's ExtraFilm's developing for ya) Makes
    sense that they develop/print their own branded film quite well.
    However if I'm after that extra colour punch, I've been tending to use the
    new Agfa Ultra 100 film. (Love it!!)

    Thomas Houseman, Sep 26, 2003
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    eug k Guest

    Sounds good.. thanks Audrey and thomas!

    What about grain? I remember using Konica 100 and it sure seemed extra-grainy!
    eug k, Sep 27, 2003
  13. Sorry, haven't ever tried Konica.

    Have been trying to get a hold of some of their 50 speed Colour neg film,
    but they don't import it into Australia anymore. :(

    Thomas Houseman, Sep 29, 2003
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    Rob H Guest

    Extrafilms house brand is Ferrania FG

    Rob H, Sep 29, 2003
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