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User currently offlineRichie777 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 16 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 3185 times:

Where is the best place in the UK to have photos developed? I have often wondered whether some of my poorer quality photographs are the result of bad photo processing or alternatively bad technique on my part. Is it feasible that there are occasionally processing defections or is it me who is generally at fault?!?

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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 3143 times:

Generally, its yours or the camera's fault that your pictures get buggered. Occaisonally it is the proccesing, and i am afraid you don't pay for what you get for.

My advice is go somewhere, that have experience, i used to go too a photoshop where i could get it 1 hour, and they were useless..

Now i use Kodachrome so i send them directly to Kodak, and the reason i use kodachrome is that it is actually CHEAPER for me to use it than Print Film (even Kodak Gold the Film cost £3, the processing £5, whereas the Kodachrome cost £5 inc processing).

Try Boots, they are usually pretty good.

Regards

Dan


User currently offlineDa fwog From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 867 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 3133 times:

Both Amateur Photographer and Practical Photography magazines do an annual d&p survey which you might find of interest (except you've missed it - they do it usually in the late spring, before the main holiday (and therefore picture-taking) season). However, I can tell you from having read the last few years of these, it's still a bit of a lottery. Inevitably, the winners from one year get poor results the next year, and vice versa.

One thing these tests do show though is that slide processing is generally more uniform in results than print film processing (which isn't really surprising, as there isn't the additional printing stage for the pictures to go through). Just another reason why slides are a better bet than prints.


User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 730 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 3126 times:

I used to use Boots, and found them very good for prints - and would always reprint if I complained about the quality. Jessops I also found pretty good, and more economical. I now use a local specialist camera shop that does in house D&P (City Photographic). There is a lot to be said for finding a good specialist shop and getting to know the staff - it can be a real assett when looking for advice or equipment.

Cheers,

Colin



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User currently offlineSashA From Russia, joined May 1999, 861 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3117 times:

Jessops!


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User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11951 posts, RR: 47
Reply 5, posted (12 years 11 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3115 times:

Also Jessops. I once had it done at a chemist, won't do that again. Big grin

Thom@s



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User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11951 posts, RR: 47
Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3115 times:

Also Jessops. I once had it done at a chemist, won't do that again. Big grin

Thom@s



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User currently offlineRichie777 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 16 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 11 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3106 times:

Thanks for all comments/suggestions/advice!

Cheers,
Rich


User currently offlinePaulc From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 11 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3095 times:

For slides - i always use Fuji process paid film which goes to the Leamington Spa address - i found the Dublin address on some Fuji packs to be very slow and also damaged some slides.

Fuji at Leamington Spa are great - last wednesday 22nd Aug is sent 27 films to them together in a box - i got them all back on Saturday 25Aug - great turnaround and no damaged/scratched slides either



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User currently offlineExtra300L From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 11 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3092 times:

DON'T USE BOOTS! I use KLICK, for 7.99 I can have a 36 film with 8.5"x6" with a CD and the results are no different than expensive devlopers! (also there film is very cheap, even though it says KLICK on it, it's actually made by konica!)

User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11951 posts, RR: 47
Reply 10, posted (12 years 11 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3088 times:

EXTRA 300L, you mean Klick photopoint?, I used them once, but wasn't too impressed

Thom@s



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User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 730 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (12 years 11 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3085 times:

Sorry, I wouldn't take the fact the film is made by Konica as any kind of recommendation! Any Konica film output I've tried/seen is very grainy for the ASA rating and the colours are all over the place.

It is tempting to use cheap/free film as an economy measure, but it just doesn't make sense - compared to what most of us spend on gear and processing, the cost of film is a fairly small component, yet this is key to a quality image. Start with inferior film, and you are starting with a handicap.

Cheers,

Colin



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User currently offlineExtra300L From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 11 months 6 days ago) and read 3082 times:

I know what you mean but honestly KLICK film & devolment is as good as any other, and I can prove it..

User currently offlineG-CIVP From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1314 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (12 years 11 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3077 times:

Boots can be awful but as Colin says they will reprint if you insist.

User currently offlineQantas744 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 246 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (12 years 11 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3069 times:

I've been using Jessops for years,but when I moved house from Cheshire to Hampshire a couple of years ago I noticed a very distinct drop in the picture quality.As a result I tried 3 different film types and three different developing options.In the end I went into Jessops and was able to chat with a member of staff who recommended I try out the diamond laser service.When I got the pictures back I was quite amazed at the results,very sharp prints on quality paper.I have continued using this service since then-the extra expense is well worth it.


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