Has Anyone Here Used Richard Photo Lab?

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by Vincent Peri, Mar 4, 2021.

  1. Vincent Peri

    Vincent Peri Metairie, LA

    I'd like to hear from anyone who uses/used Richard Photo Lab for B&W film processing. Are they good? great? so-so?

    I currently use Dwayne's Photo Lab, but I asked them which film developer they use, and they said they use a Fuji developer very similar to Kodak’s Duraflo RT developer. Is Duraflo RT good for T-Max film?

    Thanks for any help!
  2. Sorry, i have never used them, but i have heard their name for many years.
    Ask Dwaynes your question, they will be happy to give you an opinion.

    If you think you want a specific developer for that film. you should consider developing it yourself.
    It really is not very difficult.

    I use The Darkroom for slides and sometimes color.

    Professional Film Developing & Scans by Mail - Only $12
  3. Vincent Peri

    Vincent Peri Metairie, LA

    I did find out that Richard Photo Lab uses XTOL developer, which, according to a chart I had and lost, is one of the best developers around (for Kodak film, at least, which is all I use except for some Provia slide film).
  4. RPL is great for colour and b&w. I used them for years and they are first rate
  5. You won't find a better lab out west. They're top-notch and have an outstanding quality control. I've sent them 30 year-old exposed film and have gotten stellar results and outstanding scans. Real people are hard to find that have the knowledge and know-how. They have decent pricing for their services. Give them a try, you'll never go back to any other.
  6. TMax and Xtol seem to be the favorites for TMax film.
    Especially for the higher push times.

    Otherwise my favorite for older film is HC-110 (B), and otherwise I also use Diafine.
  7. I've used Richard Photo Lab extensively over a period of 2-3 years. They do a super job and I've been very happy with them, all around.

    I will add a caveat in that I sent them a few rolls of Film Ferrania P30, which is somewhat finicky and calls for specific treatments in developing. All the P30 I sent Richard came out super contrasty with shadow areas blacked out entirely.

    For everything else however, they are excellent! I've sent them B&W, C-41 color, E6 color reversal film- all with excellent results.

    I've also used Old School Lab, Blue Moon Camera, and once for Kodak Vision 3, Boutique Film Lab who does true ECN-2 processing (for real- no cross process).

    Richard, is my favorite of them all and after mucking a bout with these others, I'm back with Richard.
  8. P30

    says "natively high contrast film".

    In the case of C41 and E6, there is only one way to do it, and labs tend to do that.

    For black and white, there is no standard. Besides cost reasons, it seems best to do
    it yourself if you want it done a specific way.

    How is P30 with HC-110 (F)? That works well for Technical Pan 2415.
  9. VIncent: Check with LTI Lightside in NYC which I;ve used. I believe they use XTOL for Tmax film. Call them to check. I believe they will use other developers but have a special set-up charge since it's not standard. If you get other info, please update here.
    LTI - Lightside, home, main,

    North Coast Photo in Carlsbad, California uses Clayton F76+ developer for C41 developing which is similar to Kodak D76. I;ve used them as well.
    Film developing

    Both firms mail back the film in plastic protective sheets (ask for it - there's a charge but worth it) and all the film has always been flat especially great for scanning. LTI doesn't do color E6 slides anymore, only C41 and BW. North Coast does E6 as well as C41 and BW. Both are good although LTI is probably more focused on BW. Both will push and pull, scan, provide proofs and contacts sheets, etc.

    Good luck. Alan.

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