Developing a roll of colour 127 film in the UK - help!

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by timallenphoto, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. timallenphoto

    timallenphoto Mu-43 Veteran

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    Does anyone know where I can get a roll of colour 127 developed over here? I'm having a nightmare, the only place I can find want nearly 40 quid to do it o_O

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. foto2021

    foto2021 Mu-43 Veteran

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    First you should check whether your film is process C41 or C22.

    I presume your GBP 40.00+ quote came from these people:
    Process C-22 - Old Film Processing, Disc Film scanning - UK, Europe, Australia and Worldwide

    The problem is revealed by their name, Process C22. Modern films are a different process, C41, which superseded C22 as long ago as 1972.

    C22 uses different developers that are no longer commercially available so need to be made from basic chemicals. As this is done in small quantities, so it is never going to be cheap, and it makes it almost impossible for anyone to do it themselves.

    Unfortunately Process C22 doesn't seem to have a great reputation, as the following discussion thread shows:
    Process C-22

    If your film is process C22, you are stuck with using a specialist company. But if it is the later C41 process, you can get it developed at a lower cost in a wider range of labs, such as this one:
    Welcome To Fuji Digital Imaging Service | 110 Film Processing |110 Film Processing by Mail

    Good luck.
     
  3. timallenphoto

    timallenphoto Mu-43 Veteran

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    Thanks for your reply. Just checked and it's C41 which is good news. Just found a place in Cheshire that I think can do it so have emailed them, I also have a roll of Efke B&W to dev as well as 2 rolls of 120 that are over 50 years old which a friend found.
     
  4. foto2021

    foto2021 Mu-43 Veteran

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    The company at the link I provided offers develop and print to 6 x 4 inch for GBP 10.00 including a free CD-ROM. I don't think you will beat that price, but I have never dealt with the company myself.

    7 x 5 inch prints are GBP 1.50 extra. Once again, excellent value. A B&W service is also offered.

    If the 120 film is colour negative it is likely to be C22 process, unfortunately, so back to square one. :confused:
     
  5. Aniseedvan

    Aniseedvan Mu-43 Regular

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  6. timallenphoto

    timallenphoto Mu-43 Veteran

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    May 20, 2011
    Kent, England
    Thanks for the link but I can't see a mention of 127 on there?
     
  7. foto2021

    foto2021 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 5, 2011
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    Lab35 have never developed 127 film. The clue is in the name.

    I wish people would 'get a clue' before "recommending" a lab that doesn't offer the service required, and never has.