panorama photos

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by PCportinc, Feb 3, 2004.

  1. PCportinc

    PCportinc Guest

    I had taken a few photos in pan mode.
    The view was longer on the sides but shorter on top and bottom.
    When I got the photos, they were all the same standard size, but the pan
    ones had black bars on top and bottom...
    ....not what I had hoped for but the fee was the same for 2 sets.
    However, when I developed photos at a lab, they charged more for only 1 set and
    I did get panorama size photos.
    How much more do panorama size photos cost to develop?
    Is there a standard panorama size or is it based on the lab's settings?
    Can I get the large pan size from the negs at the lab or is this a one time
    PCportinc, Feb 3, 2004
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    First off, this is a typical indication of the way most cameras
    handle 'panoramic' mode. The negative is exactly the same size, but the top
    and bottom of it are masked off, giving it a much wider appearance. The
    prints you received with the black bars top and bottom are pretty much what
    the negative actually looks like.

    When I was running a lab, printing panoramics was a specialized
    process, because they had to be done on the custom enlarger - the standard
    line enlarger for one-hour, 4x6 prints wasn't set up to handle the pan
    format. A panoramic is enlarged much further than a 4x6. This is obvious,
    now that you know they come from the same negative. Moreover, they use
    twice as much paper, so naturally there should be a cost increase for this
    and the extra labor.

    There is a 'standard' size for panoramics, and it's 4x12, though I
    have seen 4x10 too. You could enlarge them to any size you like, really,
    but the lab that handles them will probably give you the best price on the
    standard size.

    Getting the negs reprinted as pans is no big issue, but don't expect
    one-hour service unless the lab is really on the ball (or they've automated
    this better in the years since I've done this). But they'll cost more than
    normal prints, too. You can also have any 'normal' negative reprinted as a
    pan if you like, just by specifying where you want them cropped. Staying
    within the paper width the lab uses on their custom enlarger (usually 11 or
    12") will keep costs down.

    In future, let the lab know the shots are pan, and that you want pan
    prints, and they should be able to handle it without a problem.

    Good luck!

    - Al.
    Al Denelsbeck, Feb 3, 2004
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    Jeremy Guest

    Send them to Dale Labs. You pay a single charge and it covers ALL the
    panoramic prints you have on your roll. And the quality is top shelf.

    Their web site has the information:
    Jeremy, Feb 3, 2004
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    Matt White Guest

    At a decent lab, you can ask to have _any_ negative printed as panoramic.
    It doesn't matter if the camera supports a panoramic mode at all. The only
    tricks are to make sure that what you want printed is within the middle
    two horizontal quarters of the shot, and to use a film that can handle an
    8x12 enlargement since you're effectively getting a cropped-down 8x12.
    Cheaper film will show lotsa grain. Take a close look at APS 400 panoramic
    prints sometime. Yuck.

    The panoramic mode on some cameras is handy if you go to a more advanced
    lab with a good autodetection system and less on-the-ball techs. You won't
    run the risk of an idiot tech handing you a 2x6 with a cute little
    build-in black matte, like you experienced.

    As for cost, it depends entirely on the lab. Where I work, the only charge
    is an extra Can$0.50 per panoramic print to cover the extra paper cost. I
    rarely get panoramics done myself, but it's handy when family reunions hit
    and everyone wants a copy of a group shot with clearly visible faces.
    Can$1.25 per 4x12 is a lot more manageable for a working student like me
    than Can$7.99 per 8x12. :)
    Matt White, Feb 3, 2004
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