Good photo labs that will develop and scan 35mm film
July 15, 2005 4:50 AM Subscribe
I've started into my first serious foray into amateur photography. The only fully-manual camera I could get my hands on for free is 35mm, so I'm now confronted with a problem that I haven't really ever dealt with before: where to get it developed. I want digital scans of most of my photos, for easy storage and Flickring, and there are a number of corollary requirements as well.
posted by Plutor to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (25 answers total)
I would get them developed somewhere local, like CVS or Ritz, but their photo CDs are generally pretty low-quality; somewhere between 150K and 300K seriously-compressed JPG at around 1500x1024. And they waste a whole CD-R for each roll, which means they put less than 10MB on a disc.
I'd ship them to somewhere like Snapfish (or an affiliate), but I don't get my negatives back unless I get prints, and their photos are roughly the same resolution (although uncompressed, I think, since they say they're 6MB apiece).
My requirements are, in order from most important to least important:
2) High quality digital scans
3) Getting my negatives back
4) "Good" development
I realize that this is a tall order, but does anyone get their film developed somewhere that does a really good job with the digitization stuff, and isn't extremely expensive? Just so you know I've considered it, in the long run, getting my own scanner is definitely going to end up being a good investment, but I'm not there yet.