For my snaps and general stuff, I get a good deal with my local lab run by the owner as a small but friendly business. Developing and scanning 36 frames at about ten dollars. I no longer want 4x6 prints as I adjust the scans and generally will have him print larger prints for framing.
Now, professionally, it is a different story. As a documentary photographer, I work my film/developing/scanning/etc. costs into the overall costs of each project and charge accordingly. This year I have been using Precision Camera in Austin TX. With my lead time, the workflow is fine. I do not need the convenience of digital workflow nor do I need one hour service. I certainly don't need the time and expense of developing and scanning my own. I let the pros do it and spend my time either on the projects directly or as a caregiver for my wife.
Tue 17-Jan-12 01:00 AM | edited Tue 17-Jan-12 01:04 AM by jaulph
Tallahassee Photo, it's under $10.00 for a roll of 36 and a C/D rom.
While I'm typically not in a hurry for my processing, I drop it in the mail to them on Monday, pick it up on Friday, they do a great job for me. Although B&W does get's sent out and takes longer as do Velvia slides.
They do mail order, if you're say in South Florida (Akiva) and want to try this North Florida resource, here's the web address.
For C41 stuff I care about its Memphis Photo Supply, for everyday slides and BW I use the drop box at Walmart(Fuji who contracts to Dwayne's for the slide film not sure who does the BW). Fuji's drop service seems to be pretty good I have had nice results with my slide film.
Now if I need BW and Slide film fast MPI or Memphis Photo Imaging.
I too have been using CVS for C41 color. Had a bad experience there recently when they used a bad batch of chemicals that caused white spots to be left all over the negs. For my more important stuff I use Fototechnika in Jacksonville, FL who do a great job for me.
Graham From St. Augustine, FL. "I like photographers, you don't ask questions." Ronald Reagan to White House Press Photogs
I've been taking mine to Capitol Hill 60 Minute in Seattle They still do b&w and E6 in house, as well as 120/220. I get my b&w and c-41 as negs only for $5/roll and then scan at home. http://www.capitolhillphotoseattle.com/
I live in a more rural area and don't have a local lab. Not much luck with Wally World or Walgreens so I'm sending mine off to Dwayne's Photo www.dwaynesphoto.com in Kansas. They have done an excellent job.