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Can anyone recommend a lab that can do decent prints from 4x5 transparencies (Provia, Astia) at reasonable rates? I am going to shoot some portraits at a family event and I would like both color and ready-load which as we know won't be out from Kodak or Fuji for a couple of months yet. I won't need any serious enlargements, probably nothing larger than 5x7.
Thanks, Peter Shier
-- Peter Shier (email@example.com), February 01, 2001
I have used A&I in Los Angeles for Type R prints from transparencies a few times and have been pleased with the results. I live locally, but I know that they do a lot of mail order business. They also deal with LF film all the time as they are one of the big pro labs here.
-- Richard Ross (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 01, 2001.
How about getting the image scanned and print from the scan? I use Miller's in Pittsburg, KS. They charge $7.50 for a 63 MB scan. I then modify it somewhat in Photoshop & send it to: http://www.fotoup.com/ Very convenient. 4x6's are $.29 each 5x7's are about $.79 8x10's are about $2.75 & 11x14's are $4.19
I just received by UPS overnight an order I placed from them (by internet) on Tuesday for 4 11x14's. Total bill is about $31.00 including about $16.00 for overnight delivery.
It is the 5th order I have placed with them & I am very pleased with the results. The prints are on Kodak Professional Paper. Not an inkjet paper but "real" photographic material.
-- Guy (email@example.com), February 01, 2001.
The Slideprinter in Denver, CO. They only work with transparencies and their quality is very consistent and high. All prints from 4X5 are considered custom. Prices are $16 each for 11X14 and $32 each for 16X20 (standard paper custom R print, matte or glossy). Fiji Supergloss is also available. Most of their business is done through the mail. Their phone number is (303) 698-2962.
-- Lester Moore (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 01, 2001.
You might want to consider buying one of the Epson photo scanners. I have the Perfection 1200U which scanns up to 4x5 negatives or slides. It scans at a true 1200 dpi. You can get the 1600U for more money if you need the extra dpi. They work well and may be a step in the digital direction you want to go. I also have an epson photo printer that works well with the scanner. Hope this will help you out. I like the idea of the Miller's printing. The cost seems very reasonable. Doug
-- Doug Theall (email@example.com), February 01, 2001.
Peter, if you haven't taken the photos yet and are planning to print them, why not use neg film and skip out on the digital conversion?
-- Dave Anton (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 01, 2001.
I would love to use print film but I won't have the time to reload film holders. I will have my camera and strobes set up in a corner of the room and people will be coming over to have their pictures done. I have to do a Polaroid and a "real" picture of each one. There will probably be 30-40 shots with little time in between so readyload is a must. Unfortunately there will be no one to assist or I would just reload the holders. I also doubt that all of the shots will be printed (probably 10-15). I spoke to SlidePrinter and they can do any size up to 8x10 for $10. Another option is to do the Polaroids 4x5 and do the prints in MF (would have to move the sync cord back and forth).
-- Peter Shier (email@example.com), February 01, 2001.
Holland Photo does machine Cibachromes... very nice the last time I had them do work. www.hollandphoto.com out of Austin TX.
-- Scott Walton (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 02, 2001.