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B&W 35mm film purchase & processing
« on: 24 March, 2020, 04:45:57 pm »
mini ao wants to have a go with B&W on my old FE2, anyone know of good value film source & processing centre?  Unfortunately the uni dk rm is closed atm, due to CV19.
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MikeFromLFE

  • Previously known as Millimole
Re: B&W 35mm film purchase & processing
« Reply #1 on: 24 March, 2020, 06:45:39 pm »
I generally buy my film from 7dayshop - there's lots of choice for processing. I use Snaps Photos in Bournemouth, cheap & friendly. Most processing comes with the option of digital scan sent by email or on CD, so you don't have to have everything printed.
When I'm near my laptop I'll fish out some alternative processing options & film sources.
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MikeFromLFE

  • Previously known as Millimole
Re: B&W 35mm film purchase & processing
« Reply #2 on: 24 March, 2020, 08:45:26 pm »
Here you go-
Compare prices and services - don't forget postage. Sometimes 35mm cartridges will just about squeeze through a standard letter slot in a post office, sometimes they are 'large letters'.

https://www.snapsphotoservices.com/  (who I use - more out of inertia than anything)
https://www.photofilmprocessing.co.uk/35mm-Film-Processing.html (colour only)
https://dscolourlabs.co.uk/about/Black_White_Film_Processing
https://www.peak-imaging.com/category/44-35mm-film-processing (highly regarded)
https://www.ag-photolab.co.uk/  (generally reckoned to be the best & most flexible)
https://www.maxphoto.co.uk/   Max Spielman - also available through Timpsons in supermarkets - quality is said to be very variable
https://www.photoshopcornwall.com/film-processing
https://www.frostsphotocentre.co.uk/film-processing
https://www.bristolcameras.co.uk/m-mail-order-developing.htm  (gets good reveiws)
https://ntphotoworks.com/   (run by a very serious, enthusiastic couple)
I'm sure that there re lots of others - I'm not in a position to recomend or compare them. My comments come from the PhotoTalk forum

For film
ebay
https://analoguewonderland.co.uk/   (Great service, but a bit pricey)
https://www.7dayshop.com/    (Stock levels can be hit and miss)
https://kosmofoto.com/
https://www.ilfordphoto.com/black-white-film/35mm-film   (From the source - often found cheaper elsewhere)

Blog worth seeing :  https://www.35mmc.com/
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Re: B&W 35mm film purchase & processing
« Reply #3 on: 24 March, 2020, 09:33:29 pm »
 :thumbsup:  thanks for all that info.
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IanDG

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Re: B&W 35mm film purchase & processing
« Reply #4 on: 24 March, 2020, 10:26:47 pm »
ag were my main source when I used and developed B&W film - delivery was good to Isle of Lewis

diapsaon0

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Re: B&W 35mm film purchase & processing
« Reply #5 on: 13 July, 2021, 09:37:13 pm »
First Call in Taunton are pretty good.  They do mail order.  sales@firstcall-photographic.co.uk

I develop my own B&W
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FifeingEejit

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Re: B&W 35mm film purchase & processing
« Reply #6 on: 14 July, 2021, 12:38:33 am »
I've been using peak and photo hippo for colour development, I don't get positives mounted anymore. And pay for them to do the scanning. Pretty happy with results.

For B&W I do my own, results variable because I'm really not designed for consistency.
Only got a bottle of Rodinol clone, but that's enough, can't remember my fixer and I do a water stop.
If I shoot anything on B&W I am particularly bothered about the results and it's not on a self rolled spool then I'll send it off to Ilford.


For colour Film I have a shelf full of ebay purchases I'll probably never get fully through.
For B&W I have loaders of HP5+, FP4+, Kodalith and through ebay pot luck a kodak duplicating positive film that I've not really used (processors wanting me to be accurate with my spooling out me off a bit)

I'm hoping to diminish my supply of aps by shoving an ixus ix in my back pocket instead of the digital at somepoint.

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