Silvano Color Labs Ltd. Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Discussion in 'Film and Processing' started by lenmarriott, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. Sign of the times? Another pro lab bites the dust. http://www.silvanoimaging.com/ My lab of choice for over 40 years closed it's doors on 3 Feb. 2012, after 57 years. Now what do I do? Guess I'll have to go fully digital soon. Best, LM.
     
  2. Well, support some other Canadian lab via mail order for now. (I know it's futile trying to send across the border to the US and back.)
     
  3. Why futile? I send my 120 across the border to North Coast Photo. It works out fine, but I batch my work and send several rolls in each order.
    My 35mm C41, I can still get done locally with excellent results. But it's a matter of time . . .
     
  4. Well, I've heard horror stories about getting nailed for duties shipping between US and Canada, and ridiculous fees from UPS for "customs services". Maybe that's really only a nightmare for merchandise, and film flows smoothly.
     
  5. John, yeah, it seems to work OK for me. My North Coast negatives and DVDs come back by ordinary USPS Priority Mail, so they're either right in my mailbox or I pick them up at the Post Office. I've never paid duty or brokerage, or for that matter sales tax, either.
    The only downside is the cost of postage, which is $20 - 25 to cover both ways. I mitigate that by sending my film in batches of 5 to 15, and if I'm in the U.S., I mail my film for $5 in a flat rate box before leaving.
     
  6. Gosh, very sad to hear.
    I criss crossed the GTA last year just to have fun checking many of the pro camera stores and was shocked when I did not see any 4x5 Velvia not to mention 35mm either. I then even found it difficult to find them on-line when I got home. That really made my choice of selling my 4x5 equipment and getting a Canon 17 TS-E very easy. I have been fully digital since.
    Several years ago I could only afford to buy a full frame DSLR buy selling all of my Kodachrome 25 for ten times what I paid for it.
    While obviously progressive, the digital revolution has certainly taken a large toll.
    Again, very sad to hear about Silvano's, I used their services on several occasions, and they were one of the few, if not only, shops open on Saturdays.
     
  7. RIP Sylvano's. I dealt with them when theywere on eglinto ave and I wasm ordering ferrania film!!
    Try Toronto Image Works at 80 Spadina, where Edward Burtynsky is one of thew principals. As of 2 weeks ago they were still doing 8 x 10 EK and C41 processing ad still had darkrooms for rent.
     
  8. RIP Sylvano's. I dealt with them when theywere on eglinto ave and I wasm ordering ferrania film!!
    Try Toronto Image Works at 80 Spadina, where Edward Burtynsky is one of thew principals. As of 2 weeks ago they were still doing 8 x 10 EK and C41 processing ad still had darkrooms for rent.
     

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