Arghhh...... would just like to release some tension and a little frustration here...
I'm now in Toronto and so far have shot 3 rolls of print and 1 slide. Went all the way to Chas Abel and Absolute Color Slides (Toronto residents will know them probably) bcos I read that they are supposed to do good quality prints and slides. On the contrary!!!!
I was in shock (understatement) when the lady at the counter pulled out my developed uncut slides and showed me. There were blue stain marks and I'd say more than 85% of the slide was ruined. She said the film seemed to stick on its own and asked me if the slide was old or I placed it under the sun. That's impossible. I was using a Provia100F and I wonder if the developing process is any more special than "consumer" slides. I don't think so right?
Anyway, this is the first bad experience I've had in my life. And of course, Murphy's law says it should happen to me in a foreign country! Now I appreciate the fine prints of replacing another film should the shop screw up. But what's the use???
As for the prints, the colour sucks and they were still using the old Kodak paper that existed in Singapore a decade ago. Forget about EPIC prints or your Fuji Color Archives. They virtually don't exist here.
To make matters worse, my EOS50 behaved weirdly in the bitter winter cold. There were more than 10 shots which turned up nothing because the camera advanced the film without exposing it!!! I didn't know this till I saw the negatives. Grrr... should have brought along my EOS 3 which is much sturdier. Looks like I will need to get an EOS Elan 7 (Elan 33) here.
I miss the good old Peninsular Plaza area of Singapore!!! Now I can really appreciate what we have over there, as far as films, cameras and film developing are concerned.
It never fails to amaze me how come the world's best photographers come from Europe, US/Canada and yet pro equipment/film processing seems more backward compared to that in Singapore where we can find camera junkies, freaks, nerds, experts, pros like ourselves... Over here, whip out your SLR with an attached flash in the streets and I guarantee you the locals think you are a pro.
Grrrr... pardon me... just letting out some steam. Looks like I need to go back to those spots for a retake. But I'm not sure if conditions can be the same again.
Anyone has such a similar experience like mine to console me?