Who still processes 110 film?

Discussion in 'Film and Processing' started by brian_quinn|2, Jul 25, 2009.

  1. I have a Pentax 110 SLR and have gotten great prints in the past. I have started shooting with it again for fun. I am not very happy with the 110 film processing I have gotten pack from the lab (Clark). I am trying to find a lab that does quality 110 film developing. I don’t know of any local lab that still does 110 film in house. Everyone sends it out now to another lab. For example if I take it to Ritz Photo where is their 110 film developed? There is no point in shopping around for a local lab if they all send it out to the same XYZ lab. As far as mail order labs I know of Clark / York (same lab different name) and Dwayne’s. Who else can I try? Does anyone else have a favorite for 110 film. I will even consider a Mom and Pop operation if they still do 110 film in house. I am not really interested in stories of labs that messed up 110 film. I just need a list and I will try them out myself and post the results.
  2. I think Rocky Mountain Photo (or Film?).com. They are a little spendy, but can do a lot of older film types. Is Ritz still around? The one in my town went out of business when they went banko. I think you'll have a difficult time finding many labs these days, let alone a mom or pop that will send it out.
  3. I drop mine off at Wal-Mart and it takes a week. This is the send out box.
  4. Dwayne's Photo develops 110, and a bunch of other unusual and even discontinued film formats, like 126 and even disc film.
    When you go to the website, just go to the top of the page, where it says "order forms" and go to "Color Negative Film" and then "Develop and Print." You can print an order form, and you'll see options for 35mm or 110 film.
    Or this direct link to the form might work:
    http://www.dwaynesphoto.com/common/Color Film Developing and Prints Order Form.pdf
    Just fill out the form and mail it to them with your film. They will develop 110 film for very cheap. I've sent a few 110 catridges to them, and they do a decent job. The negatives look clean, with no scratches or spots...but the prints are so-so. Not bad, but not wonderful. Probably about the best you can expect from 110 film anyway.
    They are VERY fast...usually I get my pictures back in about 6 days. And if you put your email address on the order form, they'll send you an email when they ship your pictures.
    By the way, Larry...I'll bet that when you drop off film in the send-out box at Walmart, it's probably just going to Dwayne's Photo anyway. A lot of the stuff that people drop off at Walmart and just "magically" get their film developed is probably going to Dwayne's.
    EDIT: I just noticed that you said you HAD used Dwayne's Photo. Sorry about that! I didn't notice that. I feel silly for writing all that now. Well, maybe someone else who uses 110 film will find it helpful!
  5. Clark can be dreadful. Processing was always the weak point for 110. I am tempted to process the film myself and scan the negatives.
  6. Blue Moon Camera is a little more expensive than the typical labs, but they specialize in sub-miniature and odd format films.
  7. Chris,
    Thanks for your detailed reply. Perhaps I should give Dwayne's another try. Perhaps it was just a bad day when I tried them.
    Anyone else, PLEASE keep sending in comments.
  8. I roll my own 110 bw. I recently bought a film slitter from goathill in Denver (see Subclub.org). I carefully pried open a few 110 cartridges (info on the web). I had to overcome the sprocket hole issues on my Kodak Pocket Instamatic 60. I found a couple of Yankee Clipper development tanks that hold 16mm film. I made a cardboard 16mm film holder for my epson perfection 2400 flatbed scanner and I am in business! My Kodak is limited to ISO 100, but I plan to get other 110s and 16mm cameras in the near future.
  9. The cartidges, with notch to avoid lever camera uses to determin if film is in camera. Thanks to backing paper, the cartridges need not be super light tight (nor the camera).
  10. Here are a couple of photos. Much sharper than the color film I had sent out through Wal-Mart. Much quicker turnaround , because I do it at home.
  11. My 110's not as sharp as other cameras, but that's not the point, is it?
  12. ted_marcus|1

    ted_marcus|1 Ted R. Marcus

    The Pocket Instamatic 60 has a good sharp lens. With an appropriately sharp film, it can produce images capable of enlargements up to 8x10 and larger. I used to project Kodachrome slides on a 50x50-inch matte screen.
    But I have two questions. First, what do you do for batteries, as the "Size K" was discontinued something like 20 years ago? And second, why do you bother?
  13. The battery shell houses conventional hearing-aid cells. As to why go to all the trouble for tiny grainy pics...I haven't a clue.
  14. The same reason the Chicken crossed the road. Because she could. Why do I split ISO 400 film for use in a Minolta 16 then process it in Diafine? Because i can and it gives a different look to everyday things. Not everything is as is I feel.
  15. I put down my 35mm gear and started shooting 110 this Summer using the Pentax Auto 110. I just received my first roll back from Dwayne's (another roll is at Clark Color Labs - not back yet).
    I thought that the Dwayne prints were a little on the "milky" side. I scanned the prints and tweaked the black levels.
    film: Kodak 110 Ultra 400
  16. ted_marcus|1

    ted_marcus|1 Ted R. Marcus

    After noticing that Kodak 110 film was listed as "discontinued" on the B&H site, I mailed Kodak's customer support. This was the reply:
    Although black-and-white and slide films are no longer manufactured due to low demand, we hope you'll be pleased to know that 110-size film for color prints is available as follows:

    KODAK MAX Versatility 400 Film (3 pack)
    CAT No. 1229434
    KODAK MAX Versatility 400 Film (single cassette)
    CAT No. 1049741

    You should be able to obtain this film through a local photo retailer that handles Kodak products. If your photo retailer does not have the film you need in stock, they may be willing to order it for you through their normal order channels. Please note, however, that there are minimum order quantities for dealers, and they may require you to purchase the entire amount ordered if they are willing to place such an order.

    There is no information at present that indicates plans for discontinuance of 110-format film. As long as there is sufficient demand for this product, Eastman Kodak Company will continue to manufacture it. In the event interest falls to the point where it is no longer feasible to continue its manufacture, we will inform retailers selling Kodak film of any change.
  17. Sounds good to me.. that and the film splitter I can stay in business.
  18. Hi All,
    I gave my son my old 110 camera that i used when i was a lad in the late 70's. Getting a film for it was hard enough in the 1st place, ebay in the end sorted that one out. I used a company called www.photofilmprocessing.co.uk to process it, it a fuji image service based in burnley so i used their mail order service. Great quality, great service. Hope this helps you all with 110 film processing and developing.
    Have fun,
    Peter x
  19. I just came across this photofinsher.
    Rapid Photo Imaging Center located in Clark's Summit, PA.
    I have not had a chance to try them out yet but the offer scanning of 110 film to a CD at 2000X2400 dpi.
  20. Hey thanks for that I just finished a roll in my Minolta 110 zoom SLR. I will give them a try and maybe even send a roll of 35mm along with the order to see how they do with that...
    They even scan disk film how cool is that?
  21. Hello,
    Below are some samples from a recent 110 roll of film using Clark
    110 Neg processed and printed by Clark Color Labs (Print scanned Canon Lide90)
    Image below - neg scanned using Epson V700 (at home)
    I am pretty satisfied with the Epson scan. Any opinions. I'm opting to getting my 110 film processed and printed. I will then scan selective frames off the neg myself. Clark seems to have a habit of scratching negs!
  22. Ted,
    I really don't think the reply you got from Kodak is true. I can find no sellers of Kodak 110 film even online. If Kodak does have those stock numbers in a warehouse I would love to place an order. The problem is all my local shops were I live have shut down. If anyone can place an order I would be glad to spit it with you if the minimum order is too large.
  23. Hello Brian.
    Who you want to develop your 110 film depends very much on what you have for 110 film. The only 110 film that we get in that comes out consistantly well in color is "Kodak Gold" (not "Kodacolor Gold" generation 6 (look for a single digit "6" on the cassette). For these Dwaynes photo is likely a good bet - they have enough volume and I know they're careful with maintainance that you can be assured of a "to spec" c-41 process.
    With older film and other brands our default process is to do what is safe and develop them into Black and White by not bleaching them, leaving the much more resilient silver image in place though upon consultation with the customer we will develop most anything upon request into color. In most cases then we use what is called AN-6 and not C-41. This is a high contrast color process designed for the aerial film industry...here is a sample of some outdated Agfa 126 in AN-6....a little to punch in this case but cool anyway. No post saturation was done on this.
    Also worthy of note with 110...we're not sure why but the trend with a given type of 110 vs the same type in 35mm is poorer. We suspect that the cassette is less impervious to the transmission of air meaning it oxidizes faster.
    If you are buying outdated film try to buy Kodak Gold generation 6 or Agfacolor HDC. While getting a bit vintage, we're also finding that comparatively speaking to other films of the same vintage the 3M is standing up well (though still funky)
    Hope that is of some help
    Greg Miller
    Film Rescue International
  24. I've used Fromex Photo & Digital. www.Fromex.com They'll print and/or scan 110 film and do a great job for a reasonable price. AND, on their website they have a download for prepaid mailers. They also still process E-6 and b/w film. They still print on b/w paper--from film or digital media.
  25. Just go my prints back from Rapid Photo Imaging.
    Some good and some bad news.
    The good news is the prints were 4x5 size and on Fuji Crystal archive paper. They also made a CD with 2200x2790 scans.
    The Bad news is the prints and scans were not top quality, it took 4 weeks, it was the most expensive developing I have used for 110 yet and the CD scan looks to be interpolated from a lower resolution.
    Here is an image form the CD. Overall OK but not as good as the numbers suggest.
  26. I just looked at the Fromex Photo web site. Their prices were quite high. I called to confirm that this was not a typo and was told the price was correct. They consider 110 film to be custom work now and charge that way. Looks Like Blue Moon with get my next roll. Please keep the suggestions coming. I will post results as I try out labs.
  27. Here is my report for the test roll of 110 film I sent to BisonPhoto.com . Turn around time was eleven days including shipping across the country. They developed the film and scanned the negatives at 1086 x 1677. This is a 1.54 ratio. The about the same as ratio as a 4x6 print that has a 1.5 ratio. I see why they did this as the photos were printed on 4x6 inch Fuji Crystal Archive paper. The actual 110 negative is 13x17mm with a more square ratio 1.3. What this means is some of the image is cropped off to fit on the more rectangular 4x6 paper. The prints were nice but a bit too saturated / contrasty for my tastes. Many labs that print digitally over sharpen, saturate, etc because they can. I for one do not like it. The problem is the scans are also that way. A somewhat flat scan is better if I intend to do post process work at home. There was one other issue. One of my negatives was damaged and the one next to it was missing entirely. The damage looks like there was some tape applied to the negative and it was later removed. They did however put the negatives in plastic to protect them during shipping. I have included the scan of the damaged negative and a zoom in crop to show detail of the scan. Not a bad scan job.

    Overall they did an above average job with my 110 film. I would recommend you try them out. They still are not exactly what I am looking for. My main grip is the crop. I prefer to have my 110 printed on 4X5 paper and have the full image.
  28. forgot the full size crop.
  29. Yup I just finished a cartage in my Minolta 110 Zoom.
  30. Just got my first roll of film back from Blue Moon.
    The results are just what I have been looking for.
    It is by far the best 110 film developing I have had in years.
    The dollars they charge are worth every penny.
  31. If your in the Magic Valley Idaho. Photo shak in Wendell www.wendellphotoshak.com developes 110 film in house along with 120 126 etc.

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