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User currently offlineMidway DC9-10 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 265 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1676 times:

Has anyone ever used A&I for Kodachrome processing?

With all the Kodak processing complaints I have been hearing about it suprises me that so many still use Kodak to process this film if someone else may do it better.

If they are good as I had heard in an earlier thread, why don't more photographers use them? I also heard they do push processing which Kodak will not do.

Thanks in advance.

Dave

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User currently offlinePlanephoto From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1646 times:

I have used A&I for many years off and on and have been very pleased with their service. Although I have never had Kodachrome processing done, only Fuji and other E-6, I have had 100's of rolls done with no processing complaints. All of mine have been done through the mail, i.e. A&I Prepaid Mailers. just my $.02... Scott


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User currently offlineJoe pries From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1957 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1634 times:

Kodak in Fairlawn NJ has gotten much much better- still not always perfect but much improved nontheless. A&I is more expensive but certainly if kodak started killing my slides i'd consider it, though I hear A&I is also not always perfect, they scratch slides too i've heard from guys out in the west coast.

Joe


User currently offlineMidway DC9-10 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 265 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1608 times:

I did recently have about eight rolls ruined by Kodak. There were multiple dots on the slides in all different spots on each slide. And, on one roll they had some white liquid substance that streaked the slides. This is why I am considering another processor.

Thanks guys for the replies!


User currently offlineCschleic From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1604 times:

I've had a few hundred rolls done by A&I and no serious problems, although most recently a few had small scratches. Also do a lot of outdoor/nature shooting, and A&I is very popular with pros in the field.

User currently offlineLGB Photos From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1602 times:

I stopped using A&I because I was getting Kodachrome back with scratches and fingerprints on both sides of the slides. I send mine off to Fairlawn and have had better success so far.

Stephen


User currently offlineBenyhone From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 206 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1584 times:

Haven't had any problems with A&I processing my K64. One consideration is ordering their pre-paid mailers online - if you use the A&I website, the minimum order is 10 mailers.

Interestingly - I heard from my local camera shop clerk that there is a "new" Kodachrome processing facility in Lansing, Michigan. Supposedly this has all-new processing equipment. He's been telling the local Kodachrome photogs that we can expect a lot less scratching and other processing "errors". I haven't had any slides go to Lansing yet, so I can't give a first-hand report.

Terry
Cactus Wings



Cactus Wings Photography, Phoenix
User currently offlineJoe pries From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1957 posts, RR: 54
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1580 times:

Terry,
I was once told that a kodachrome processing "machine" has a roughly 20 million dollar pricetag. Given that they are building a new one, I think that goes a long way in cementing the fact that kr is gonna be with us for many years to come, as kodak in rochester and fairlawn always tell me.

Joe


User currently offlineBenyhone From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 206 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1573 times:

yeah Joe, once I heard that, I thought the same thing - K64 is gonna be with us for a while. Between the Lansing plant, A&I in Hollywood, etc - there's more than one option for K64 processing - hopefully that cuts down on the instances of scratched slides, fingerprints, and chemical droplets.

Terry



Cactus Wings Photography, Phoenix
User currently offlineMidway Dc9-10 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 265 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1544 times:

All this about Lansing is news to me. I hope this will reduce the errors in the future. I ordered a few A&I mailers from B&H to try them out.

Thanks,
Dave


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