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    Anyone know a good place to develop 120mm film that isn't in downtown San Diego? I used to go to Gaslamp Photo or something like that but they have lame hours of M-F 9-4 or something ridiculous like that. Now that I'm no longer in college, I can't make it there. I know Chrome's is open for a little bit on Saturday but since I live in Rancho Bernardo, that's hardly convenient... any suggestions?

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    Re: 120mm film processing

    You might want to try some mailers.

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      Chrome used to have a Sorrento Valley location, but it's not listed on their web site any more. You may call them and ask them if they still have that faciltiy open.

      I think you can take you film to Calumet in Escondido, but they send it to either Chrome of Swann (in OC).

      You may also consider processing it yourself. B&W is easy and inexpensive, and color isn't that hard!


      BVStaples

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        Re: 120mm film processing

        I've had bad experiences with Chrome. Apparently other people have too; their Sorrento Valley location is indeed closed (they had notices up last year that it would be closed by 2008). It would be interesting to hear about some OC places...

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          I've been using Chrome for many years. I worked in publishing for many years, and they use to process most of my E-6 work. Never had an issue with them. Now I have them processing my 120 and LF E-6 work (though this is now my personal work). And back when I use to shoot film for my astrophotography, I had them develop my color shots (again E-6).

          To this day I have no issues with them. I'm sorry to hear other have had issues. There's nothing worse than having your work screwed up.

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            Chrome always did an excellent job processing my E-6 rolls; I had problems with their prints a couple of times. They tended to crop willy-nilly, reinterpreting the image entirely with the crop, often ruining my intended composition; I was doing lots of grungy, lo-fi work with them, and they kept 'cleaning up' my very carefully, purposely 'dirty' compositions. Also, one 8x10 print I got slowly turned pink the evening I brought it home from Chrome; it also had a huge pink blotch on the upper right corner.

            When I came in to get it redone, they got defensive and claimed the fault was in the overexposed negative. The negative was indeed overexposed, but somehow that wasn't a problem when they made a first, smaller print from it (I included the original print as a reference for what I wanted in the 8x10). If they had just apologized and redone the print I'd still be using them today. The person I spoke with at the counter was the technician who made it, and he was very angry and defensive and originally didn't want to redo the print for me, offering just a straight refund, acting like he wanted me out of the store. I eventually spoke to a manager, but when HE got defensive that's when I decided to stop patronizing them.

            A little later on, when I got my own scanner to avoid using them, I found that the overexposed negative had a BLUE cast (not a pink one), which was easily corrected in Photoshop. Actually, I wound up producing a print from it that I preferred over theirs a great deal; seeing the negative for myself, through my scanner, just put Chrome in that much worse of a light in my mind.

            I guess there's a silver lining: my experience with Chrome inspired me to do my all own film in B&W so I would have total creative control (and no one to blame errors on but myself). I do regret having to mail my color film off; it has turned me off from color film; I work almost exclusively in digital for color now. All my prints, from 4x6 to 8x10, come from Costco now. Chrome lost any potential poster work I might have given them to Adorama; sure I have to wait for shipping from New York, but I have been nothing but delighted with the couple of poster-prints I got back from Adorama, and would not hesitate to recommend them. When I called ahead before an order, they even took the time to listen to what I was trying to acheive and to recommend Kodak Metallic, which really added to the work.

            Does anyone know of really good and easy E-6 kits? I know Freestyle lists a variable temperature Arista kit, but I'm scared to take the plunge...

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