where to process my 35mm film in N. Virginia/Fairfax?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by harry, Mar 26, 2006.

  1. harry

    harry Guest

    It's been a few years since I last used my Contax 35mm film camera. One day
    I took the camera out and shot a 24exp roll in one hour.

    Was expecting that my good old camera will give the excitement again but I
    was so disappointed.

    Not because the camera or film is bad, it was the RitzCamera who screwed up
    my precious moment.
    While taking my film processing order, they suggested an add on
    service--burn the pictures on CD. I took that and believed it makes perfect
    sense to keep a digital copy as well.

    Guess what, they scanned my film into super low resolution (around 200K per
    picture I remember) digital image and then print my pictures from there.
    That is a joke, why would I leave my 7MP digital camera at home and took
    pictures with film camera but eventually got the result of 1.2MP quality
    "digital" picture?

    Maybe I have not been to today's camera store for too long and not knowing
    the way of processing these days...

    Where can I find someone who knows what is a film to process my stuff in N.
    I really like to give my good old buddy--RTS III some exercises.

    Thank you for sharing your experiences.
    harry, Mar 26, 2006
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  2. If you still have the film, you can have it scanned again, or buy a scanner
    and scan it again yourself. I am 70, and I have a lifetime of saved
    film....I wonder how many young photographers today will feel that way when
    they are 70, and are looking back on a "lifetime" of digital images?
    William Graham, Mar 26, 2006
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    Mike Guest

    Unfortunately, there will be many who won't have that lifetime of images
    to look back upon because their digital images were lost due to hard
    drive failures, stolen computers, or viruses, without adequate backups.
    Mike, Mar 26, 2006
  4. harry

    harry Guest

    For this roll of film, yes, I can scan it.
    What I am looking for is someone recommended by the NG to process my future
    film/print processing.
    Or I should totally forget about using 35mm from now?
    harry, Mar 26, 2006
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    Mike Guest

    What about ordering Fuji or Kodak processing mailers from B&H Photo? You
    drop your exposed film into the envelope and mail it. The slides or
    prints come back shortly via mail. You'll get a relatively high quality
    of processing quality.
    Mike, Mar 26, 2006
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    Jeremy Guest

    Do try out Dale Labs www.dalelabs.com

    I've used them for over 3 decades, and their processing is top shelf. They
    will still make OPTICAL prints, using $10,000 enlarging lenses, and they
    video analyze each print. Popular Photography listed them as one of the ten
    best photo labs in America.

    They are amateur-friendly. You do not have to be a volume shooter or a
    professional to use them, and I cannot think of a single order that they
    ever handled for me that was unsatisfactory.

    They are located in Florida and they are oriented toward mail-orders. This
    is the kind of lab that you won't find just anywhere--but if you can put up
    with the additional time your film is in transit I believe that you will be
    very happy with what you get back.

    The wrong photofinisher can negate all the good you have done by using
    first-class lenses and excellent technique. And the quality of the
    enlarging lens is a factor that is often ignored. Dale does a professional
    job, and uses first-rate processing equipment (if memory serves me correctly
    they use Swiss-made processing equipment, with a temperature that is kept
    within 1/4 of a degree of the specs). Last time I looked they had an online
    tour of their processing plant. You really should try them just once.
    Jeremy, Mar 26, 2006
  7. Well, I can only tell you what makes me feel comfortable....I like having
    both. The digital image, and the slide or film negative. So, I am sticking
    with my film camera, and film. (at least, as long as film is still
    available). I scan my film images into my computer, clean them up as
    necessary with Photoshop, and store them on my hard disk and CD's. Just
    having them digitized would not be enough....I sleep well knowing that I
    have those slides in a metal box, and there will always be newer and better
    scanners capable of digitizing them as necessary......
    William Graham, Mar 26, 2006
  8. But I am looking forward to the day when I can process my own slide film
    with my own chemicals in a temperature controlled environment, then scan
    them myself, and print them into 8 x 10's or larger with my own color
    printer, and be completely independent of others. (other than the equipment
    and film manufacturers, of course) At that point, I won't have to worry
    about some teenager thinking about his/her sex life instead of my pictures.
    William Graham, Mar 26, 2006
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    Sander Vesik Guest

    You have taken a look at Nova and Jobo processors, right? They give you
    the temperature control (plus more). They also aren't particularily
    Sander Vesik, Mar 26, 2006
  10. Yes, I know that I could start doing it right now, but I still need a decent
    printer, and right now, I've got about a zillion slides to scan into my
    computer with my new KM-5400. My chief problem is time, and not money, but I
    do have to confine myself to "one toy at a time".....:^)
    William Graham, Mar 26, 2006
  11. harry

    harry Guest

    I could not find Fuji mailer for print, only slide is available. An I
    prefer to take photo with Fuji film.
    harry, Mar 27, 2006
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    Michael Guest

    Well, its not in Fairfax, but its not far. They do have a mail-in


    Hope that is of some help. The prices are not unreasonable if the
    quality is good. Good luck!

    Michael J Hoffman
    Michael, Mar 27, 2006
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    Draco Guest

    Sorry to hear the headaches with Ritz.
    If you are in NO.VA and in Fairfax, come see
    Fuller & d'Albert, Inc.
    3170 Campbell Drive
    Fairfax, Va. 22031
    two blocks west of Fairfax Circle off rt. 50.

    We do C-41, E-6 and black and white, in house.
    To the rest of the NG, Sorry for the add.

    Jim D
    Draco, Mar 27, 2006
  14. I have had good results with Penn Camera. (I usually go to the E Street
    store, but they have some branches in Virginia.)
    Jeffrey Jones, Mar 28, 2006
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