Commercial Processor for B&W ?

Discussion in 'Film and Processing' started by williamsimmons, Dec 24, 2017.

  1. Are there any good commercial labs left that hand process ( dip and dunk ) film anymore ? Any that still use D-76? I'm looking for someone to domy process and printing so I can spend more time in the field.
  2. Vincent Peri

    Vincent Peri Metairie, LA

  3. Fair enough-Fulltone does good work but the main reason I use them is that they are local. I can drop off E-6 in the morning and usually pick it up that afternoon, although sometimes it's the next day.

    Their mail order prices aren't what I pay in-store. They charge $4.50 for C-41 process only regardless of format and $10.50 for E-6(35mm-36 mounted or 120 develop only).
  4. Vincent Peri

    Vincent Peri Metairie, LA

    Hmm... Oh, that's different
    then. I'll catch the next
    flight to Louisville...
  5. BTW, what does Dwayne's charge these days?

    A year and a half ago or so, I sent two rolls of 120 Velvia through Wal-Mart. They came back at no charge. I couldn't quite figure out it-it had been several years since I'd sent any that way, but it use to be $5 or $6. The folks at the counter thought they must have sent them back because they "couldn't develop them" but sure enough they were processed and cut in strips of 3 as requested.

    I do normally have my 120 uncut. At the time I was fine with 3 for 6x6 as I had a decent stash of four-row Print-File pages. Now that I'm shooting 6x7, I usually use extra-wide pages that let me put 3 6x7s in a row, although I do 2 strips of 3 and two of two. I use the vertical 3-row pages for 645(5 frames) and 6x6(4 frames).
  6. Vincent Peri

    Vincent Peri Metairie, LA

    Dwayne's charges:

    B&W develop only - $5 per roll.
    B&W proof sheet - $4 per roll.

    C41 develop only - $5 per roll.
    C41 develop and 36 4x6 prints - $9.00 roll

    E6 (slide) develop and mount - $8.95 roll.

    Postage is $5 for first roll and $.50 each additional roll.

    They offer more services, like scanning/photo CD's, etc.
  7. Dorian Color Lab in Arlington, Massachusetts still does dip & dunk processing of B&W film, using Ilford DD developer. 35mm through 8x10 sizes.
  8. I usually get my C41 color negatives (no prints or scans) back very quickly from Dwaye's (650 km), but it's the need to bundle to save on postage that slows things down.

    I haven't used them for B&W (I do my own), but their work is clean (not always the case with developer services) and well done.
  9. m42dave

    m42dave Dave E.

    I've used Dwayne's for black & white developing and prints, and have been happy with the results.

    The FAQ on their web site states: "We print on Ilford paper and use a developer manufactured by Fuji that is similar to Kodak’s Duraflow RT developer for B&W film."

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