Richie777
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Photo Processing In The UK

Wed Aug 29, 2001 5:43 am

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?!?
 
EGGD
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RE: Photo Processing In The UK

Wed Aug 29, 2001 5:53 am

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.

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Dan
 
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RE: Photo Processing In The UK

Wed Aug 29, 2001 7:56 am

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.
 
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RE: Photo Processing In The UK

Wed Aug 29, 2001 5:05 pm

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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RE: Photo Processing In The UK

Thu Aug 30, 2001 12:38 am

Jessops!
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RE: Photo Processing In The UK

Thu Aug 30, 2001 12:46 am

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

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RE: Photo Processing In The UK

Thu Aug 30, 2001 12:49 am

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

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Richie777
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RE: Photo Processing In The UK

Thu Aug 30, 2001 4:54 am

Thanks for all comments/suggestions/advice!

Cheers,
Rich
 
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RE: Photo Processing In The UK

Thu Aug 30, 2001 3:31 pm

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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RE: Photo Processing In The UK

Thu Aug 30, 2001 6:56 pm

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!)
 
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RE: Photo Processing In The UK

Thu Aug 30, 2001 7:41 pm

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

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RE: Photo Processing In The UK

Thu Aug 30, 2001 9:10 pm

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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RE: Photo Processing In The UK

Thu Aug 30, 2001 11:29 pm

I know what you mean but honestly KLICK film & devolment is as good as any other, and I can prove it..
 
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RE: Photo Processing In The UK

Fri Aug 31, 2001 4:03 am

Boots can be awful but as Colin says they will reprint if you insist.
 
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RE: Photo Processing In The UK

Sat Sep 01, 2001 7:54 am

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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