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    Hi,

    which shop is a good place for film processing? And what does contact print mean??

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    So far heard Ruby is good. Konota not very consistent. Contact print = index print. You can preview your shots before you choose which one to print.

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    Originally posted by wormz777
    So far heard Ruby is good. Konota not very consistent. Contact print = index print. You can preview your shots before you choose which one to print.
    Actually contact print is not index print. A real contact print is made by laying out the negs onto a piece of 8x10 or 8x12 paper and exposed to light (hence the name). A contact print bears the full frame pics of the negs, as well as any film imprints, etc. Much more useable than the puny index prints.

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    Originally posted by ckiang
    Actually contact print is not index print. A real contact print is made by laying out the negs onto a piece of 8x10 or 8x12 paper and exposed to light (hence the name). A contact print bears the full frame pics of the negs, as well as any film imprints, etc. Much more useable than the puny index prints.

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    My bad... didn't explain in details. Anyway, its expensive to print b&w at these shops. The developing($5) and contact print($8) will set u back by ard $13! Best if you can print them yourself.

    If you die die want b&w, Ilford XP2 super and Kodak TMAXCN make gd subsitutes.

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    where is ruby photo? 35cents for each 4R print too?

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    Originally posted by sojourner
    where is ruby photo? 35cents for each 4R print too?
    Ruby is opposite peninsula plaza. 4R for traditional b&w is ex. Ard $1 - $1.50. Don't know the exact price though.

    Other shops offer b&w printing at a much cheaper rate ($0.50/4R) becos its done digitally.

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    Originally posted by wormz777
    My bad... didn't explain in details. Anyway, its expensive to print b&w at these shops. The developing($5) and contact print($8) will set u back by ard $13! Best if you can print them yourself.

    If you die die want b&w, Ilford XP2 super and Kodak TMAXCN make gd subsitutes.
    I think u got the price wrong. I got the real b&w film developed and printed on 8R contact prints for $8 at Ruby. Then u can go to a pro lab to print your selections on colour paper (40-50 cents each, i think. ordinary labs often give horrible results), or print on real b&w paper($1.50 I think) at a higher price. Nothing beats the traditional method...
    Last edited by Gunjack; 28th April 2003 at 01:39 AM.

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    What I plan to do for my B&W escapades to to process the film myself (hopefully the film survives my torture!) and print the selection at the labs if I can't get a darkroom or if I am too lazy!

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    filofari:

    I developed my first roll of b&w film(Ilford HP5+) recently. Except for the loading into the spool which scratched the film, the rest of the developement went fairly smoothly and trouble free, considering it was the first time I tried it myself. I will defintely try again, and that will save me on developing costs, at the same time help me understand more abt B&W developing. You should give it a try, coz it is quite fun actually, and more satisfying.
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    FYI, all the shop at Peninsula area gives to the same person for developing B&W film, they don't do the processing themselves. These shops includes : Fotoguide (Defunct now), Konata, Ruby.
    They're done by an old man who uses D76 developer, hand processed. He collects negatives from Peninsula area every 2 or 3 days.
    IMHO, if u r particular abt having fine or very fine grain for your negative, suggest u do it yourself. D76 is not famous for giving u very fine grain negative. Reason why it's use, is it' cheap, reuseable & good for mass processing.

    Sorry, not trying to pin him (the photo developer) down, but that's a fact.

    The other alternate place to do proper B&W film processing will be Fei Fei (beside Chinatown point adjacent to POSBank) They do a better job. Though I never try before but heard feedback abt them before.

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    Thanks for all your replies!
    This is my first time using b & w film and from all your replies i surmise that ruby would be the best shop to do the developing. Does the old man who develop the photos have a shop of his own?? I heard that at balesteer road there is a shop owned by an old man who does hand processing anyone knows if he is still there?

    Gunjack:
    I don't think i would be developing my own film so soon as i've just started taking b & w. Although i would love to learn how to diy.

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    It's very easy to process B&W negatives. I've yet to take a B&W course but I have already processed my B&W negatives.... Can't promise much about quality control but I got to say it feels coll to process your own negs!

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    Originally posted by Silverelf
    It's very easy to process B&W negatives. I've yet to take a B&W course but I have already processed my B&W negatives.... Can't promise much about quality control but I got to say it feels coll to process your own negs!
    Do you do it at home or go to a studio of some sort? And does ruby photo have this contact print services? Is ruby photo the same shop as the shop which sells camera equipment??

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    I do it at home. All you need is a changing bag, developer tank($20), some measuring cylinder, thermometer, developer and fixer for the bare minimum to develope your roll of film at home. Ruby charged me $8 to develope and print the contact print. Ruby is just opposite The Camera Workshop, which is across the road off Cathay Photo.

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