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Chris Greene
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Sep 13th, 2019 12:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

While I have lots of B&W stored and can develop it at the local college, I've got the bug to shoot some slides with my Leica M4. We don't do that process at the college so I'm not sure who to send it to. Ideally, I'd want the slides mounted which makes them easier to scan.

Any lab recommendations?

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Sep 13th, 2019 12:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

Try COSTCO?

Chris Greene
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Sep 13th, 2019 12:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Not for years now (film).

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Sep 13th, 2019 12:20 PM   Edit   Profile  



I did it myself....just got rid of my Jobo unit though.

I forget what I did with it....maybe Goodwill?

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Sep 13th, 2019 12:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

I don't -- but my daughter still shoots film. She uses this outfit for processing prints and thinks they probably also do slides.

Worth a shot

Chris Greene
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Sep 13th, 2019 03:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, I am familiar with those guys. Looking online, it seems like shooting film has become an expensive hobby unless you’re shooting black and white and processing it yourself.

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Sep 13th, 2019 03:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

I assumed you knew that. Generally, guys shooting a Leica M4 don't worry too much about processing costs.

I hear digital is a little less expensive.

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Chris Greene
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Sep 13th, 2019 05:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

Shooting B&W is cheap enough (because I can do the processing myself). I may shoot a couple rolls of color or slide film for old times sake but, like you say, digital is a bit cheaper.

I mostly feel bad that the Leica just sits on the piano in the living room like an object d' art these days. It should be used more. Also, I'm trying to get more inspired to do some creative work (I've been a little burned out on photography recently) and thought maybe trying color film might help me along that goal.

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Sep 13th, 2019 08:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

So you are not interested in buying a Jobo unit
so you can do your own processing?

It will pay for itself :-). And it is fun. I used it for years.
You have some control also.

You do need a darkroom or a dark room.

Chris Greene
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Sep 13th, 2019 08:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

No, I'm not interested in that. I might shoot two or three rolls of film a year.

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Sep 13th, 2019 09:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

I’ve used North Coast Photo with great results.

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Chris Greene
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Sep 13th, 2019 10:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, bluzcat. I actually called them today and thought they were worth a shot.

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Sep 14th, 2019 10:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

I shoot some slide film. I have mine done by a local lab called Process One Photo. They also do mail-in service and charge $10 for E6 developing and mounting.

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Chris Greene
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Sep 14th, 2019 11:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

Those are pretty good rates! Thanks.

Chris Greene
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Sep 14th, 2019 12:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

I think I'll stick with B&W and maybe try C-41 color instead. C-41 seems cheaper to develop commercially than either B&W and most certainly E-6 slide.

Oh, and NSR, for someone today, I'll be film is cheaper to start with and for some time if you can find a good working film rangefinder or SLR from back in the day for $50. A good digital camera and lenses can cost a small fortune. Sure, the photos are free (once you have memory cards and external storage) and I prefer the instant results but for a student in high school or college, film might be a better way to go. To start with, anyway.

One other thing, I paid a little over $600 for my M4 body and a little over $500 for my DR 50 Summicron. They are both worth more today. Can't say that about the digital realm.

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Sep 14th, 2019 12:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

^^ I still have my Nikon and Canon film cameras and the lenses I used to use.

I have zero interest in getting back into film.

Chris Greene
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Sep 14th, 2019 01:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

Honestly, neither do I. It's just that I've lacked inspiration recently and have a lot of film cameras I used from the old days along with 15 rolls of B&W film in the freezer. Think of it as a thought experiment to see if I can take some photos that require a little more effort.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a digital fanboy far over film and have been for well over 10 years now. Probably, closer to 15 years.

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Sep 14th, 2019 01:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

Film is great if you can develop your own ! But the convenience of digital is too good from seeing the results right away to post processing abilities. Ya it can be expensive to get into it but if you do your research you can find great capable cameras for good deals .
Cleaning out my father in laws apartment I found his old Canon AE1 program camera and lenses . He told me I could have them . I ran a few rolls of black and white and colour film through it . It was fun from a nostalgic aspect but to cost prohibitive to pay someone to develop it .
I just donated it to my Grandsons high school for their photography dept . They teach them on film cameras and have a darkroom there so it will be put to good use .

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Sep 14th, 2019 03:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

I bought a Nikon F100- which cost $1500 new 15 years ago- in mint condition for less than $200. It will take me awhile to shoot and develop enough rolls of film to approach the cost of a full-frame DSLR.

Digital photography just doesn't do as much for me, I'm not sure exactly why that is. Film is just more fun and rewarding to me. I'd like to get a nice DSLR for low-light and nightscape photography sometime though.

(This message was last edited by Mike the marksman at 05:12 PM, Sep 14th, 2019)

Chris Greene
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Sep 14th, 2019 04:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

Mike, you can do that with mirrorless too. I really like my Fuji X-Pro 1 and X-E3. I also have their X-T1 which mimics the shape of an SLR. But when I got into digital past the P&S stuff I started with, I bought a Nikon D90 and, later, a D7200. I almost never use them (what a waste to have so much invested in them and their lenses) because I like the X-E3 so much more. It's like an old school rangefinder in many respects and the form factor is great.

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