I had the opportunity to test out a regular Kodak Express lab which offered me a very, very cheap scanning service. $3(dev) + $5.90(scan) and a turnaround time of just 2 hours. No extra charges. But results were horrible. I would have thought the newer digital labs with their new machines would do a decent job but I am wrong. The lab operator still matters alot, as I always believed. I later had them rescanned at my regular lab, Colour Lab Photo Finishing.
For those who loves to go for cheap labs, hopefully these set of comparions can convince you that a good lab is important. It's really worth it to pay the extra money and go to a good lab.
On the left is Colour Lab, on the right is the regular Kodak Express outlet which I shall not name. Results speak for themselves.