Was at one of the local Costcos last night presenting my Costco card so my daughter could get film developed for her college photo class, and the young lady running the developing machines said there was still a steady stream of folks coming in to get film developed.
I asked her if she could detect a drop in business over time, and she said no. This was encouraging to me.
That's good news but I think some of it has to do with as less and less places offer film development the ones that do stay busy! This is a good thing though since we know the more a store does the better they usually get and the more often they change their chemicals.
One of the Walgreen's that does all kind of film and enlargements does a fairly brisk film business and they are pretty good at it. So much so the CVS across the street had brought back film development.
So far, still using my local lab for normal snaps and such but for serious developing/scanning, I have had to resort to Precision Camera in Austin, TX. Great work, very good people to work with and it is about a 10-day turnaround with 26mb scans. Prices are not bad through another forum. Might get them interested in offering US a group deal.
On the subject of film processing in the North Bay, California, I always brought my slide film - Kodachrome and then Fujichrome when they stopped processing Kodachrome due to water quality concerns - to the former New Lab in San Francisco, within eyesight of the approach to the Bay Bridge. Quality procesing, great service, and great people. This outfit could even push-/pull-process Kodachrome when they were procesing Kodachrome which, up to then, I was told couldn't be done.
Sun 11-Mar-12 10:42 AM | edited Sun 11-Mar-12 10:42 AM by dbl_gt
There seems to be a geographical, if not demographical, correlation between sophisticated, knowledgeable people using both film and digital.
Here in the redneck capital of North Georgia, it is distressing to find so many people who have no clue about film, film cameras, processing, or anything other than the next iphone or coolpix to post to FB. And I am not only mentioning "Bubba" next door, but the younger tech crowd and everyone in-between.
That is why I am putting together a photography class for next month using only Nikon FE2s. Supplied to the students for a nominal fee, they buy their own film and process their own at whatever location they choose. We will shoot black and white film.
The enthusiasm they are exhibiting is overwhelming and I will need to enlarge the class next time.
Small efforts like this will help overall with keeping our passion and our craft alive. Seems like the west coast is healthier than around here.