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Bad Processing?

Wed Oct 31, 2001 9:43 am

When I get some of my slides back from the lab, they have black "splotches" all over them, it can be cleaned in ps, but they also scan really badly, alot of noise and way too contrasty, they seem overexposed on the whites, but underexposed in the shadows. I nearly always use Sensia 100, and some films turn out just great without a spot on them, no problem scanning, but about 25% of my films are bad like this. Some slides even have long scratches across them. Is this due to bad processing or bad film??
Anyone experienced the same??


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RE: Bad Processing?

Wed Oct 31, 2001 10:06 am

Sounds like some one dipped your film ito some old soup (chemicals) as well as just poor processing.

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RE: Bad Processing?

Wed Oct 31, 2001 10:37 am

Yeah i had exactly the same problem, i found alot of odd noise around the nose and wingtips around the aircraft that weren't caused by the camera/film.

And these were my A346/Beluga shots!
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RE: Bad Processing?

Wed Oct 31, 2001 10:47 am

My guess is that the chemicals are old or something...
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RE: Bad Processing?

Thu Nov 01, 2001 2:34 am

I developed a film at a Boots drugstore in London and the pics were crappy. Thank god there were not any aviation pics on the roll. It seems that they digitalise the photo before printing and it was like having noise and small pixels.
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RE: Bad Processing?

Fri Nov 02, 2001 3:22 am

Hi!!! two days ago i developed a roll in a Carrefour center, the results were terrible, i even thought my lens was damaged!!! i went to a special photo shop, and they told me that, although the roll i used was not really good (Carrefour 100 print, never again), the problem was when they proccessed the film; i got most of the pictures with white scratches, ahh!!!!!!!!

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RE: Bad Processing?

Fri Nov 02, 2001 6:13 am

Isn't it tough to find a good E6 lab!? I have had countless rolls ruined by poor processing, usually by old chemicals and poor handling. Mine were mostly plagued by the dreaded old chemical red-casting and/or streaked from improper drying. Luckily the streaks can can be cleaned, those suckers are PRIME breeding ground for fungus growth if they are not.

Fortunately, I finally found a lab that consistantly does a good job, but it took some searching.

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RE: Bad Processing?

Fri Nov 02, 2001 7:56 am

I've had nothing but excelent results with E-6 processing right here in town. Unlike the mail-in labs that take weeks I get my slides back in 2 or 3 days. My adice to you is to find a proffesional photo studio in town and ask if they have E6 processing.
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RE: Bad Processing?

Fri Nov 02, 2001 8:44 am

I've tried a new lab, will get my slides after the weekend.

Hope they do a better job.


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