Real B&W prints from Ilford

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by digitalandfilm, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011
    Following its 15 years of success in England, ILFORD's mail-in black and white film processing and printing will now be more readily available to North American customers thanks to the new lab in San Clemente, California. As digital photography has taken over, most local labs can no longer provide processing of true black and white film, nor can they print on real silver gelatin paper, instead opting to print black and white images on color paper.

    The ILFORD LAB DIRECT mail-in service 'can process any make of black and white film, and prints will be made on ILFORD black and white paper,' according to the company. ILFORD LAB DIRECT accepts 35mm and 120, and turnaround time is 2-4 working days. Basic film development costs $16, which includes 6-megapixel medium scans. See the site for more.

    Welcome to the ILFORD Lab Direct website - Black and white photo prints | Silver Gelatin prints | Black and white film processing prints | Black and White Prints from Film | Black and White Prints from Digital | Ilford Lab | Film processing lab
  2. zpuskas

    zpuskas Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 25, 2011
    Santa Barbara, CA
    I really miss printing my B&W negs....
  3. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Yet another thing that makes realize how very fortunate I am to have a local lab in town...
  4. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011
    Do they print on real B&W (Ilford) paper, or do they use cheap Kodak color paper for B&W? Do they use dip & dunk (Refrema) processor? What size are their scans?

    You get what you pay for.
  5. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Not sure but I'll call them up and ask. That being said, here's a portion of their website where they state that they use Fuji Crystal Archive Professional paper.

  6. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Catalogue for all their services
  7. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 5, 2013
    San Diego
    Doug Green
    For sure, real Ilford B&W silver-based paper and matched chemistry - it appears to be the main selling point in their promotional materials. Can't speak to the other questions
  8. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011
    They do B&W, but their B&W printing (RC Kodak B&W paper) costs an arm and a leg.

    If you have a scanner, just get negatives and scan yourself and print elsewhere.
  9. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011
    The best.. sometimes more, but that's why we're all starving artists! :biggrin:
  10. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011
    More places that use Ilford Paper, etc.

    Dave Redmann SubscriberFrequent poster, Mar 23, 2009; 11:51 p.m.
    Lex, here's a probably-partial list, compiled by me with much reliance on info from Ilford:

    Mpix ( digital files printed on silver-halide Ilford RC paper, "pearl" (semi-matte) surface only, very reasonable ($2.50 for an 8x10)

    Oscar's in CA (, 415-621-5800): according to Ilford, this is or was going to be the first US lab selling digital prints on the new glossy version of Ilford's silver halide digital RC paper

    A&I (, 323-856-5280): digital files printed on FB silver-halide paper with Lightjet or Chromira, expensive ($50 for 8x10)

    The Lab in AL (, 205-871-7305): FB silver-halide paper, printed with an LCD digital stage on a traditional enlarger instead of a Lightjet or whatever, somewhat cheaper by still not cheap

    Dalmatian B&W Custom Lab (, 800-603-8107): about the cheapest source of Lightjet-type printed digital files on FB silver-halide paper, but still $40 for an 8x10

    Here's the rest of Ilford's 2008 complete list of places in North American printing on their digital FB silver halide paper:


    New York City


    Griffin Editions

    New York City



    New York City



    New York City



    Toronto, Canada


    Digital Silver Imaging

    464 Brighton Street

    Belmont, MA


    Lex Jenkins ModeratorSubscriberFrequent poster, Mar 24, 2009
  11. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011
    Here's a sample (not my shot) from the Ilford USA lab:

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