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01-07-2009, 08:11 PM   #1
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Hey from Boston

Hey everyone, I'm Ted from Boston. I'm mainly a performing musician and student, but I'm very excited about diving into photography-one of my life long ambitions. My aunt gave me a Pentax K2 with 3 rolls of BW400CN film for Christmas.

I had a bad experience with my first roll of film but finished up the second two rolls. Should I bring the film to any place like CVS or send it out, or do it myself? I also saw some people on this forum talking about the Kodak Ektar 100 film and it looked good so I ordered 4 rolls from B & H. Would CVS develop that film too? If it's cheaper and better to develop my own I would definitely like to get into that.

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Hi Ted, welcome to the forums!

I'd suggest you post your developing question(s) in the specific forum for this, to ensure better responses. Here is the specific forum you may wish to dive in to: Pentax Film SLR Discussion - PentaxForums.com

Again welcome, and look forward to your journey with us.

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Will do. Thanks Marc.
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No worries Ted and my honor. FWIW, I've still got my original K1000, SF10 (plus a spare), and my MZ-S with BG-10 battery grip. I'm planning to shoot some Velvia in the spring with the MZ-S, but I am primarily digital-centric nowadays.

They are some VERY knowledgeable folks on film developing, etc. You won't go wrong there!

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QuoteOriginally posted by thesaxman547 Quote
Hey everyone, I'm Ted from Boston. I'm mainly a performing musician and student, but I'm very excited about diving into photography-one of my life long ambitions. My aunt gave me a Pentax K2 with 3 rolls of BW400CN film for Christmas.

I had a bad experience with my first roll of film but finished up the second two rolls. Should I bring the film to any place like CVS or send it out, or do it myself? I also saw some people on this forum talking about the Kodak Ektar 100 film and it looked good so I ordered 4 rolls from B & H. Would CVS develop that film too? If it's cheaper and better to develop my own I would definitely like to get into that.
BW400CN is a "chromogenic" film. Basically it's color film, developed in color film chemistry, but it produces b&w negatives and prints. All color negative films, including Ektar 100, and all chromogenic films are developed in the same C-41 chemistry and any shop that still develops and prints 35mm filmn should be able to handle them.

If you want to try a traditional b&w film, like Tri-X you'll probably have to develop it yourself as very few CVS-type places are set up to handle it. That would involve an investment in a changing bag, chemicals, a tank and reel, and so on. Personally I always found film developing to be the drudgery of photography. Your mileage may vary.
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Hello from the other part of the state. Enjoy yourself and look forward to seeing your work.
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Hey Ted, welcome on this forum. You will certainly like it! Just out of curiosity and totally of topic: what musical instrument are you playing?

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Hey Ted, welcome on this forum. You will certainly like it! Just out of curiosity and totally of topic: what musical instrument are you playing?
Tenor saxophone. I'm a student at Berklee studying music performance.
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