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Samy's Camera film processing?

 
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Jun 26, 2010 16:14 |  #1

I'm looking for a new lab to process my C41 and E6 film. My local lab returns my film with too many scratches and scrapes.

Has anyone tried or head of the quality of Samy's Camera film processing? They are in Santa Barbara, CA. They have the lowest prices I've seen so far for a lab that does dip & dunk.




  
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Jun 27, 2010 09:21 |  #2

Anyone with any experience with Samy's for film processing?




  
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Jun 27, 2010 12:48 |  #3

No experience with Sammy's, but I did just get my Provia 400x slides back from North Coast Photo. I am extremely with the results. It was $8.25 for developing and $12 for 5035x3339 scans. Fast processing and shipping to. The film was received, processed, scanned and shipped all on the same day.


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Jun 27, 2010 17:09 |  #4

Very interesting. $12 for 17MP scans is by far the cheapest price I'm come across for high resolution scanning. Most other places are at least $20 and often $25+. Dodd Camera, where I live, offers 6MP scans at the time of processing for $2.50. A great price but I find their scans have too much contrast applied, plus they are just 6MP which is OK for snapshots but not fine art enlargements.

How is the color on the scans? Was dust removed from the scans?




  
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Jun 28, 2010 07:47 |  #5

Color accuracy seems to be very good. Maybe a touch too contrasty, but thats me nitpicking. Can't really answer if dust was removed. As far as I can tell there is no dust on the scans.


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Jun 28, 2010 08:29 |  #6

Then they must have removed dust & scratches. I'll definitely have to consider that lab at times for developing and scanning. For this time I'll probably be sending to Samy's though and see how the condition of the film is when I scan myself.




  
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Nov 08, 2010 19:38 |  #7

crashthenet44 wrote in post #10435070 (external link)
No experience with Sammy's, but I did just get my Provia 400x slides back from North Coast Photo.

I just had an order of slide & negative film processed with North Coast. I had my previous order processed through the Samy's I mentioned but went with North Coast this time because they had lower b+w processing costs.

Slides look good so far, but got them back unnumbered. I've never gotten slides back unnumbered (1-36). All of Dwayne's slides (last kodachrome processor) are numbered. Here is their reply:

Most professionals never have their slides numbered. The reason for this is the ability to edit the images before passing them onto their client. If numbers say 8, 12, & 28 are bad, you certainly do not want those to go to the client and if they are numbered that the client knows images are missing.

They must be in the 1980's because I don't know what kind of client would be asking for the photographer's original slides in 2010! The business world works in digital, but some photographers start their image with film.

I also asked my negative film to be cut, but they did not. Their excuse: cutting negatives costs extra (no where do they state that) but I asked for it to be cut. Now I have to cut 5 rolls myself hoping I don't mess up.

I probably won't use them again.




  
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