Film Processing questions

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Waltzing Paul
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Film Processing questions

Postby Waltzing Paul » 29 May 2013, 21:41

Hello everyone,
My used LF camera will be arriving shortly.
I'm now looking at options for 4x5 film processing.
I will be using B/W and colour film.
I know from my forum searches most of you seem to do your own processing but I'd like to use a processing lab for now.
Can anyone offer some info on the best processing labs, either locally to Brisbane or by mail order around Australia.
I could also do with some help sourcing the fim sheets too - types and prices etc.

On another issue, once I've had my negs scanned and put on disk what is the best option for computer processing the images on my computer.
I currently use Adobe Elements 10 for my 35mm didital work but I'm not sure if that can cope with the bigger file sizes of a 4x5 scanned image.
How do you all work with the digital images?

My aim is to create quite large landscape prints (eg 150 x 80cm) which I can't do with a 35mm image.

Looking forward to your replies.
Thanks, Paul.
Paul

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Re: Film Processing questions

Postby Lachlan717 » 30 May 2013, 07:04

Hi, Paul.

I can't really comment on the Brisvegas processing questions that you posed as I'm a) in Melbourne and b) I process my own B&W and E-6; however, rest easy on the Elements 10 question.

I use Elements 6 at the moment on files up to around 1Gig without hassles.

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Re: Film Processing questions

Postby RoganJosh » 31 May 2013, 00:04

Prolab at southbank is the only place in brisbane that will develop 4x5. Brisbane digital images at milton is the only place that will drum scan, and I would recommend that if you want to print big. They also do large scale inkjet printing.

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Re: Film Processing questions

Postby Waltzing Paul » 31 May 2013, 22:27

Yes, I have already had a look at the Prolab price list. Looks like $18 to process a 4x5 neg.
Thanks for the drum scan info. I'll check that out.
Paul.
Paul

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Re: Film Processing questions

Postby RoganJosh » 31 May 2013, 23:16

Doing your own developing is the best decision you'll ever make, it pays for itself awfully quick in Brisbane.

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Re: Film Processing questions

Postby Lachlan717 » 01 Jun 2013, 06:46

Waltzing Paul wrote:Yes, I have already had a look at the Prolab price list. Looks like $18 to process a 4x5 neg.


Ned Kelly's alive and well and living in Brisvegas…

Please tell me that's for colour.

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Re: Film Processing questions

Postby Alastair Moore » 01 Jun 2013, 13:23

$18 a sheet! Wow.. Parcel up your negs and send to Vision Imagelab in Sydney. Unless its black and white - do it yourself!

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Re: Film Processing questions

Postby Waltzing Paul » 01 Jun 2013, 22:31

Just checked again and I got the price wrong.
Colour is only $12 to process but BW is $15.
How does that work!
Unless I'm missing something.
Still pretty expensive.
Prolab prices here: http://www.prolab.com.au/services/Lab-S ... essing.php
Now looking at ways to process my own BW 4x5 negs.
Anyone using that Mod 54 Processor?
Last time I did any of the darkroom stuff was over 40 years ago aged 20 so it will be a bit of daja vu.
Paul

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Re: Film Processing questions

Postby Alastair Moore » 01 Jun 2013, 22:39

Black and white will be more expensive because I think they'll hand process them rather than sticking the sheets in a machine as they most likely do with colour.

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Re: Film Processing questions

Postby Greenspeed » 02 Jun 2013, 21:27

Paul, BW processing is really easy. Not worth paying someone to do it for you. I do tray processing and develop the negatives by inspection. I use a camcorder (Sony) with infrared capability to see the neg develops and fish out when enough contrast achieved. Even with over exposed neg, no problem with this method as I can monitor the neg.


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