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Film process, scan and printing services

We have set up an account with a new laboratory, 'A G Photo Lab' in Birmingham. We are able to offer you all their services cheaper than if you sent them off yourselves.

Simply call in to us and we will book your job in. Work is usually returned to us between 7 and 12 working days, and then you can collect it from our shop on Hickmott Road, S11 8QF.

***See terms and conditions at bottom of page ***

You can get your films either developed only and cut into strips, or get them scanned and emailed to you, or printed, or printed and scanned and emailed to you. For prints, chose Glosy, Silk or Matte finishes. White borders can be given if requested (4mm or 10mm) at no extra cost.

Prices quoted below are for standard processing costs (EG: standard sleeving, normal camera settings etc)

Add ons:

-  0.60p for negatives sleeved in Kenro translucent ring binder pages

-  £1.00 for SECOL archival ring binder negative sleeving 

-  £4.00 for 12" X 8" contact sheets

-  £1.00 for films pushed one or two stops, or pulled one stop

BLACK AND WHITE FILMS

The black and white processing at 'A G' is done by traditional 'dip and dunk' processing, leading to: 

  • Correct and accurate development times are given to each film, fine tuned for our combination of developer type and methods. This is critically important with black and white processing.
  • Very high levels of processing consistency. Customers are able to expose their black and white films repeatedly, and with confidence, for optimum results – safe in the knowledge that their processing is exactly the same, order to order.
  • Best possible grain structure, shadow detail and contrast are obtained from their chosen developer (Ilford ILFOTEC DD) which offers a superb all round balance of fine grain, emulsion speed and sharpness.
  • The dip and dunk type processor for black and whitefilms was built new for them and installed in 2021. Dip and dunk enables the finest possible quality in processing.

Black and white 35mmm and 120mm films prices  

35mm develop negs only 24 or 36 exposure film - £8.99

35mm  develop negs, and scanned (8 Bit Jpegs 15-18mb size) and emailed to you at 15-18Mb size - £14.50

Develop 24 or 36 exposure film, print pictures 6"x4" - £14.99

Develop 24 or 36 exposure film, print to 6"x4", scans emailed to you plus a CD £20.99

Develop 24 or 36exp film and print to 7.5" X 5" - £16.99

Develop 24 or 36 film to 7.5" X 5" prints, and scanned and emailed to you (ETransfer) - £24.99

COLOUR/C41 FILMS
The majority of colour film in use today requires C41 processing and it has been the industry standard since 1972. C41 and colour film for process C41 is completely homogenised: all film for this process, regardless of manufacturer, film speed etc. is designed to be processed in exactly the same way through C41. Once processed, the film negatives are easily recognisable by their orange-brown colour. Ag offer the highest quality, professionally monitored, C41 processing. As they are processing a lot of film on a daily basis, this also makes process control much easier for us and means much higher quality and more consistent results than a local lab with low volumes.

When scanning or printing your film, 'A G' experienced technicians professionally balance, by eye, all images individually for colour, contrast and density to ensure consistent results frame to frame, roll to roll. Their policy is to balance images so as to obtain the best from your film and deliver usable files with a balance of shadow and highlight detail – in line with our own judgement. If you would prefer flat, low contrast, scan files ready for your own balancing and editing, or no balancing at all, please mention this.

Please note: accuracy of your film exposure; film quality (including best before date), lens and camera quality / operation can have a very significant impact on the resulting scan or print quality. Whilst colour negative film does have a  lot of exposure latitude,  it is by far the best option to strive for the most accurate possible exposure which yields the best possible negative to work with. If you want a certain look, expose right in the first place, and then impose your style in post production.

Specifications:

  • Film Developer: FUJIFILM Fuji Hunt Professional EnviroNeg
  • Development temperature: 38°C +/- 0.2°
  • Processor Type: Noritsu short leader
  • Drying: clean air blower integrated into processor (no transfer of films to separate dryer)(no squeegee rack or blades).
  • Scanners: Noritsu HS-1800
  • Dust clean up: Yes
  • Digital ICE eliminates any dust, leaving a clean scan file.To minimise dust beforehand, thereby minimising the work of ICE, films are scanned ASAP after exiting processor. Scanning environment maintained. (Note: Digital ICE is not available when scanning black and white film due to the emulsion structure, however, it can be used with colour process B&W film, such as Ilford XP2.)

Colour 35mm and 120mm films, on glossy, Matte, or Silk paper prices

35mm develop negs only 24 or 36 exposure film - £8.99

35mm  develop negs, and scanned (8 Bit Jpegs 15-18mb size) and emailed (WeTransfer) to you at 15-18Mb size - £13.99

Develop 24 or 36 exp. film with prints 6"x4  - £ 14.99

Develop 24 or 36 exposure film, print pictures 6"x4", and scan to 15-18Mb, and get images emailed (WeTransfer) to you - £17.99

35mm develop and print to 7.5" X 5" - £!6.99

35mm develop, print to 7.5" X 5", scan (8 Bit Jpegs 15-18mb size) and email (WeTransfer) to you - £22.99

Disposable camera development

27 or 36 dev + scan(8 Bit Jpegs 15-18mb size)  + email (WeTransfer) -14.99

27 or 36 exposure camera, develop and print to 6"x4" - £15.99

27 or 36 exposure camera, develop and scan to 15Mb size, and scans emailed to you - £18.99

SCANNING SERVICE AT SAME TIME AS FILM DEVELOPING

We use 'A G's medium resolution scanning service, giving 15-18Mb scans onto a CD. These can aslo be emailed to you. See prices below. When scanning or printing your film, 'A G's experienced technicians professionally balance, by eye, all images individually for colour, contrast and density to ensure consistent results frame to frame, roll to roll. Their policy is to balance images so as to obtain the best from your film and deliver usable files with a balance of shadow and highlight detail – in line with their own judgement. Please note: accuracy of your film exposure; film quality (including best before date), lens and camera quality / operation can have a very significant impact on the resulting scan quality. Whilst colour negative film does have a  lot of exposure latitude,  it is by far the best option to strive for the most accurate possible exposure which yields the best possible negative to work with. If you want a certain look, expose right in the first place, and then impose your style in post production. 

  • Scanners: Noritsu HS-1800
  • Dust clean up: Yes.
  • Digital ICE eliminates any dust, leaving a clean scan file.
  • To minimise dust beforehand, thereby minimising the work of ICE, films are scanned ASAP after exiting processor.
  • Scanning environment maintained. (Note: Digital ICE is not available when scanning black and white film due to the emulsion structure, however, it can be used with colour process B&W film, such as Ilford XP2.)

E6 SLIDE FILM DEVELOPING

E6 slide non-process paid film development services, 35mm or 120mm

Develop only, standard sleeves - £8.99

"                   " SECOL archival ring binder sleeving - £10.20

Develop and scan (8 Bit Jpegs 15-18mb size), standard sleeving - £15.99

"                                                                " SECOL archival ring binder sleeving - £17.20

Develop, standard sleeves, amd a set of 6" X 4" prints - £15.99

"          ", SECOL archival sleeving, "                            " - £17.20 

Provide a set of 40 D.I.Y mounts - £7.99

Slide film pulled one stop, or pushed one or two stops - extra 0.60

Provide a set of 40 D.I.Y mounts - £7.99

Slide film pushed 1 ot 2 stops, or pulled 1 stop - add on £0.60p per film

Provide 'Secol' archival ring binder sleeving - add on £1.20

Info on E6 processing

Process E6 is the standard process for colour reversal film, also known as “Slide” or “Positive” film. 

All Colour Reversal film manufactured today requires E6 process.  Ag run a professionally monitored E6 service with control strips run and analysed by densitometer daily. 'A G' have sufficient volumes of film to ensure excellent processing consistency, vital with E6 as the process thrives on a critical mass.

When scanning or printing your film, 'A G's experienced technicians professionally balance, by eye, all images individually for colour, density and contrast to ensure consistent results frame to frame, roll to roll. Their policy is to balance images so as to obtain the best from your film and deliver usable files with a balance of shadow and highlight detail – please note, this is 'A G's own judgement. If you would prefer flat, low contrast, scan files ready for your own balancing and editing, or no adjustments at all – please select these from the drop down box.

Please note: Accuracy of your film exposure is absolutely critical with colour reversal film – poor exposure will be give very disappointing results. This, together with film quality (best before date, storage, age), lens, camera quality and operation will have a very significant impact on the resulting scan, print or projection quality. In 'A G's opinion when shooting colour reversal film in particular, you should utilise a camera with a reliable built in meter AND intelligently interpret the exposure suggestion carefully bearing in mind the nature of the scene and make adjustments as required. If you are using a camera with no meter, 'A G' strongly recommend using a decent hand held meter such as a Sekonic L308B or similar. Use of the “sunny 16” rule, phone apps, digital cameras etc to ascertain correct exposure can lead, in our experience with many customers, to disappointing results.

Push – Pull processing. In contrast with colour negative film, pushing and pulling E6 process has a very significant impact. If you have exposed your film at a different speed to box speed, please select Push or Pull from the drop down box and also mark the film accordingly. If you don’t, your images will likely be too dark or too light. It is harder to correct transparency over exposure than underexposure, but generally any exposure error is tougher to correct digitally than it is with colour negative film.

If you have Kodachrome film,  this is not an E6 process. Film for process CT18, E3 and E4, unfortunately, cannot be processed.

SCANNING OF NEGS ALREADY DEVELOPED

From 35mm negative/slides (mounted or unmounted) Medium size

Approximately 18mb file size per frame. Note: this is the amount of DATA in the file. When saved in JPEG format, the file will appear to occupy around 1mb of space on DISK. This is NOT the file size. JPEG format collapses down when closed, so it takes up less space on file, and can be more easily distributed. When the file is opened, then it becomes full size, 18mb – this is the clever part about the JPEG format. The same scan can also be saved in TIFF format, and under these circumstances, the file will occupy 18mb on disk – so much more cumbersome. However the advantage of TIFF is it can be worked on, saved, re-saved, edited etc etc. with no loss in quality, as TIFF is a “Non-Lossy” format.  If customers are intending to edit a file, then it should be coverted to TIFF or some other non-lossy format (eg. PSD) first, and then worked on. If you work on JPEGS, they deteriorate and look awful when printed.

Pixel Dimensions: 3089 x 2048 at 72 dpi

NOTE: 72dpi is the OUTPUT resolution. This is NOT the scan resolution (this would be considerably higher, 4000 or something, depending on the scan type)

Colour, contrast, density balance: individually corrected by experienced colour balance technicians

1 -   £3.25      each

2 - 5   £2.50    "   "

6 - 20   £1.40  "   "

21 - 50   £1.20  "   "

51 - 200   £0.96p  "   "

201+   £0.85p  "    "

From 35mm negative/slides (mounted or unmounted) LARGE scans

Same as above scan info, but approx. 87Mb flle size per frame. 6774 X 4492 Pixel dimensions at 72dpi.

1 -   £6.50      each

2 - 5   £5.00    "   "

6 - 20   £2.80  "   "

21 - 50   £2.40  "   "

51 - 200   £1.95  "   "

201+   £1.70  "    "

FILM DEVELOPING OF OBSOLETE FILM TYPES

'A G' can develop many film types of old, including APS, 110mm, 126mm, 35mm panoramics,127mm and 35mm half frame.

C22 was the standard process for colour negative (print) film until 1972 (when it was superceded by the now current C41 process).

  • Film Developer: FUJIFILM EnviroNeg
  • Development temperature: 38°C +/- 0.2°
  • Processor Type: Noritsu short leader
  • Drying: clean air blower integrated into processor (no transfer of films to separate dryer)(no squeegee rack or blades).
All the chemicals required to run process C22 are now unavailable commercially, but  Ag can process film designated for process C22 as black and white. This is the only viable option when attempting to bring it to life for customers. There is no possibility of processing as colour. Even when the film was current, the latent image life (exposed, but unprocessed image) was known to be unreliable and now, with these films being well over 40 years old, it is easy to understand the challenge. 'A G' have found the results to be very variable and negative quality normally quite poor. But this may be better than nothing for some customers. However, 'A G' can give no guarantees at all and your film may yield no usable results. If this is the case, your total cost will be only the basic processing cost and any options selected (scans or prints) will be refunded.

DIGITAL PRINTS OFF NEGS AND SLIDE FILM

6" X 4" prints         90p        80p

7.5" X 5"               1.60      1.40

6" X 8"/9"              2.40      2.20

10"/12" X 8"          2.90      2.70

A4                         3.50      3.20

12" X 10"               3.90

12" X 16"               5.50

!2" X 18" + A3        7.50

16" X 20"               28.00

16" X 24"               32.00

20" X 30"               43.00 

OTHER INFO

Paper finishes available are gloss or silk or matte. Prints can be done with white borders if requested, at no extra cost. 

We can't emphasize enough the importance of the quality of 35mm analogue film developing. The problem with cheaper in-house processors is that it can result in inconsistency of quality, negs scratched, poor printing with haphazard results. Often people blame their camera, or poor film, when cheap processing is the culprit. Believe us, we know, having been doing this for over 35 years! You DO get what you pay for. Our service is not the cheapest but if you want consistently brilliant results, here we are!

Please note that when our film developing customers ask for their film scans to be emailed to them, they are sent via a 'WeTransfer' email link. This link is only valid for 7 days. All scanning work also comes with a CD at no extra cost.

The scans are sent at low resolution, you then need to click the link to download the larger file sizes to your phone or laptop.

At extra cost you can also ask for film speed changes, cross-processing, and clip tests. 

You can drop 35mm/120mm analogue films off for developing, any time Tuesdays -Saturdays, 11am - 4pm. However, if you need help and advice on any aspect of 35mm film photography/questions about your 35mm or medium format camera and equipment/darkroom problems etc, then it's best to come in on a Thursday or Friday and pick boss Johns' brains. With over 35 years experience with film cameras and darkroom printing, they are very knowledgeable brains indeed! He is very happy to help and advise anyone with his experience, so don't be shy to ask him questions!

**   Larger print sizes also available ( 6"x9" and 12"x8"), enquire by email or in the shop!   **                                                              

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When we book 35mm films in for processing, we often get left the empty cannisters. We collect them for people who want them for lots of different uses (Eg: keeping seeds in, spices and herbs when travelling etc). So if you need any, call in and grab some off us.

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Ring (0114) 2667077, or email j-darwin@btconnect.com, or call into our shop for further help! 18 Hickmott Road, S11 8QF

In case of short notice temporary closures, it's best to check 'Jens Blog' for info on any changes to opening hours!

*** TERMS AND CONDITIONS for this service ***

It is impossible for us to assess the value of originals and unprocessed film supplied by you the customer, and the charges made for our services do not reflect or incorporate unlimited liability.

Customers must insure work of special value.

All orders for processing and printing are accepted on the basis that their value does not exceed the cost of equivalent new unprocessed material.

In the unlikely event of loss or damage, whether caused by negligence or otherwise, liability is limited to the cost of an equivalent amount of unexposed film and refund of any processing charges paid.

We cannot be held liable for any loss, damage or delay to your work from any cause.

Our Customers are to ensure that all material supplied to the us for processing, copying or reproduction is free from any third party claim or infringement. We accept orders only on the understanding that the Customer is the copyright owner; the work is out of copyright; or the customer has the copyright holders written consent, and this must be supplied to us with the order.

Our Customer indemnifies Sheffield Photographic Centre against all costs, claims, damages and losses of any type brought by any third party in respect of any copyright infringement allegation.

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