Where to Develop 4 x 5 Agfa Scala 200X film

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I copied a black pencil sketch on white paper using white lightning electronic lights with 4x5 Afga RSXII ASA 100 slide film and it had a blue tint. Then I used an 81A filter and the film was still pretty blue. I do not know whether to go to an 81B, 81C or something else. So, I decided to use a 4x5 black and white slide film. At first I was told there was no such animal, but I finally found Agfa 4x5 Scala 200X (a black and white slide film). I am writing to see if any of you have ever used this in 4x5 and where to get it developed. I am told that not just any lab can develop this film. Please help. Thanks. Joe Hermosa

-- Joe Hermosa (jhermosausa@netscape.net), May 03, 2001


Hi Joe: Duggal, in New York City, processes Scala. IMHO, Scala looks great printed on lfochrome. http://www.duggal.com/ Alex

-- Alex Weiner (weiner@attglobal.net), May 03, 2001.



-- (pierre.zeler@dcc.laposte.telepost.fr), May 03, 2001.

I've had it processed at Duggal, which was mentioned before, and at Main Photo Service. (Web address http://www.mainphoto.com/)

I didn't notice any difference in quality but Main was a little quicker. That's probably just due to the fact that they're closer to me.

Scala is a great film! I got the same feeling looking at my first 4x5 Scala as I did when I saw my first 4x5 chrome. It's very fine grained for its speed and, though I haven't tried it myself, can be pushed/pulled between 100 to 1600 with very nice results.

This film is quite handy for those making enlarged negatives for alternative processes. I shoot 120 Scala at 6x7 then enlarge to 8x10 film for contact printing cyanotypes. I plan to try my hand at Platinum printing using the same process.

-- Tim Klein (timklein@qwest.net), May 03, 2001.

Can anyone give development pricing? I would be interested in shooting it as well.

-- Wayne Crider (waynec@apt.net), May 03, 2001.

Main charged me a couple of bucks per sheet the last time I had it processed; about the same as E6. I think shipping was 4 or 5 bucks.

I try to ship out at least 10 sheets at a time because of the shipping.

-- Tim Klein (timklein@qwest.net), May 03, 2001.

Joe, I don't know what bulbs you have in the flashes but white lightning also sells flashbulbs that suppress UV. That should give you a slightly warmer light.

-- Dave Anton (daveanton@home.com), May 03, 2001.

You know what will be a breath of fresh air for me, 4x5 scala on quickload/readyload convenience pack. That will surely be nice.

-- Renee Galang (r.galang@chisholm.vic.edu.au), May 03, 2001.

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