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Can Anyone Breakdown Film Developing in the GTA?

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Oct 14th, 2012 11:38 am
Great thread Neil.

My experience in the GTA is that SDM is the cheapest.

The location I go to will develop+scan for $2.99 per CD. That is per CD, not per roll.

I usually bring in 2-3 rolls at a time.
SDM has been cutting down on locations offering film/wet lab. A lot have moved on to the standalone kiosks with instant print.
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bhrm wrote:
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SDM has been cutting down on locations offering film/wet lab. A lot have moved on to the standalone kiosks with instant print.
My experience with SDM has not been good -- too many scratches on the film. I can't imagine that the rollers on their machines are cleaned too often.

C-41 is actually not all that hard to do at home in small tanks, especially if you're experienced with B&W. An added bonus is that those who scan their colour film (most people, these days) have a bit more leeway to correct colour and so don't necessarily have to be as spot-on with timing and temperature in the C-41 process. The limiting factor, of course, is the availability of C-41 kits in Canada -- they are getting very hard to find.
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My experience with SDM has not been good -- too many scratches on the film. I can't imagine that the rollers on their machines are cleaned too often.

C-41 is actually not all that hard to do at home in small tanks, especially if you're experienced with B&W. An added bonus is that those who scan their colour film (most people, these days) have a bit more leeway to correct colour and so don't necessarily have to be as spot-on with timing and temperature in the C-41 process. The limiting factor, of course, is the availability of C-41 kits in Canada -- they are getting very hard to find.
There is no Shoppers 1 hour close to me so I asked about their drop off price, which is $8.99 a roll (24?) with prints and a CD.

Wal-Mart quoted me $5 to develop and $5 for a CD. They sell a reasonably priced package of Kodak Ultramax 400 film, 24 exp. x 5 rolls, for $16.

Looking at B&W, the price of 36 exposure film is expensive at Henry's or Vistek, usually in the $9. range. Some developers are reasonable, especially D-76 and HC-110. A one gallon package Of D-76 is $7 at Henry's, and will develop 38 rolls of 36 exp or 18 of 120 at 1:1 in a Nikor tank. Fix is a few cents extra, per film.

I decided to order Arista 400 film from www.freestylephoto.biz as I can get a 36 exp. roll or a 120 roll, in the $2.70 range, $4 shipped. By all accounts it is Kodak Tri-X 400, which has wonderful tonality.

Freestyle has a C-41 powder kit for $33, which will develop 16 rolls, but will only last 30 days after mixing. That makes SDM 1 hour or Pacific Mall an attractive choice. If I find myself shooting more color negative films, I might try the Freestyle Unicolor dry kit (they won't ship kits with bottles to Canada), and mix half a pack of powder at a time. Of course, if they threaten to discontinue the kits I'd stockpile the powder!
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Sorry to jack up the old thread but I have a couple questions. I just picked up some camera stuff and come along with them 3 development paid 24 exposure rolls. Could I take it to any store for development........its still valid for development etc......etc.....etc ?
Last question (the most stupid of all) what if I shoot a 200 ISO film pushed to higher ISO ? Never shot film before.
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If it is Black's Processing Included film, take it to them. They still sell this Fuji based film .

Color negative film should not be pushed as you will lose shadow and highlight details.
Sides can be pushed one or two stops in a custom lab such as www.torontoimageworks.com
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Bumping this thread: Does anybody have a list of SDM that have wet labs? Need a location uptown in particular. I sent a message to corporate, but it went into the void.

Also, an update to DNP at Pacific Mall: They do indeed still offer processing in 1 hour. $2.30. Should've asked for scans as well, since my efforts with a Canoscan 9000F haven't been that great so far.
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Does the shop at Pacific Mall develops 120 film? If not, any good shops who will do 120 film around North York area?
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If your stuff is half serious, I would only develop them at a good lab, I use northern artists. Regarding scanning on a canon 9000F, are you scanning negatives or slides? I personally find negatives easier to scan than slides.
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Yes, the lab at Pacific Mall does 120 film.

They do next day pick up now because of the amount of film they get per day makes it costly to run the machines for a 1hr turn around time. So I was told by the owners.

I have some quality and general film in storage.
I will take the general film to Pacific Mall, and serious stuff to a serious lab for quality results.

Quality film at a normal film developing store is a waste.
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Yes, the lab at Pacific Mall does 120 film.

They do next day pick up now because of the amount of film they get per day makes it costly to run the machines for a 1hr turn around time. So I was told by the owners.

I have some quality and general film in storage.
I will take the general film to Pacific Mall, and serious stuff to a serious lab for quality results.

Quality film at a normal film developing store is a waste.
What's the name of the store, the one at Pacific Mall? Will you know the price for the 120 film b&w? Thx
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Just an update/more details when I went to DNP at Pacific Mall
- They only turn on their machine on Monday/Thursday
- 120 cost $3 + tax for develop only
- 35mm cost $2 + tax for develop only

- No sleeves, return in full roll (for 120)
- Only do C-41 for 120, no B/W or E-6 (I assume similar for 35)
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Just an update/more details when I went to DNP at Pacific Mall
- They only turn on their machine on Monday/Thursday
- 120 cost $3 + tax for develop only
- 35mm cost $2 + tax for develop only

- No sleeves, return in full roll (for 120)
- Only do C-41 for 120, no B/W or E-6 (I assume similar for 35)
Thanks for the update.

Last time I developed 35mm C-41, I was returned a full roll.
Sleeves cost money, so it's clear that they're cutting down to save costs such as turning on the machine on Monday/Thursday.
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TruE SkiLLS wrote:
Jan 16th, 2013 3:17 pm
Just an update/more details when I went to DNP at Pacific Mall
- They only turn on their machine on Monday/Thursday
- 120 cost $3 + tax for develop only
- 35mm cost $2 + tax for develop only

- No sleeves, return in full roll (for 120)
- Only do C-41 for 120, no B/W or E-6 (I assume similar for 35)
Uh oh, so I guess they won't take my Ilford HP5 B&W 120 film at there then. Thanks anyways!
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ahson wrote:
Jan 16th, 2013 5:41 pm
Uh oh, so I guess they won't take my Ilford HP5 B&W 120 film at there then. Thanks anyways!
Conventional B&W, as well as E-6, is only done at a few pro labs, mostly downtown, such as www.torontoimageworks.com

Ilford claims they will not discontinue any of their films, so you should be able to shoot XP-2, their 400 speed C-41 B&W film, and have it developed at PacMall.
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