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09-18-2015, 04:46 PM   #1
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UK film processing


Can anyone in the UK recommend where I can get colour film processed and scanned to CD to give decent size files (e.g. to allow printing at large size)

How to Shoot Film Digitally

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The pages above talk about shooting 35mm film and getting them scanned and being able to compete with a good DSLR.

But where I have got my photos scanned (a couple of places - one a Kodak shop) the files are small, and soon loose resolution - nowhere near the files I get from a DSLR. Simply become pixelated much much earlier.

I assume they just need to be scanned with a better scanner/higher resolution.

Can anyone recommend where I can get this done - at an affordable price.

I don't use film very often, but I have a couple of photos I thought I might get printed on canvas but it just isn't possible with the current file size.

Any recommendations appreciated.



09-19-2015, 01:17 AM   #2
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I usually use DSCL for film processing and also for printing my digital shots:

If you're going to start using film more frequently, you'll save yourself money in the long run by buying a decent scanner and doing it yourself.
09-19-2015, 01:52 AM   #3
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Phil Kneen, an excellent photographer whose blog I follow, uses Peak Imaging. I only see the results on the blog but the colour looks amazing and he seems to like them.
09-19-2015, 02:40 AM   #4
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Find some one local with a scanner donate a pack of larger or similar bribe...

But my cheap 6mpixel 10.0 remaindered toy scanner does a fair job...


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I use boots because it's ubiquitous, the scans aren't that big but the service is quick and quality decent.
09-19-2015, 03:07 AM   #6
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I've had mine processed at AG Photolab, though have access to an Epson V700 which I use for scanning. They're reasonably priced and have a quick turnaround, despite warning that it can take up to a month.

I'll be posting up some slides at some point that they processed.
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09-20-2015, 11:32 AM   #8
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Thanks everyone. I don't use film very much, so buying my own scanner wouldn't be worthwhile, I don't think.

I'll have a look at some of the ones suggested here.


09-29-2015, 04:36 AM   #9
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Peak Imaging are very good, price isn't too bad. Not tried the others above, will have to have a look

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