medium format development

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  1. panocho

    panocho TPF Noob!

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    how easy is to find a lab that develops 120 film?

    I'm starting now with medium format, but have no idea about how normal or rare is to find a lab that develops the film (and how expensive, as well). Is it something that only a few professional labs will do, charging a considerable amount of money, or rather most labs will do it, more cheapish?

    Sorry for my childish ignorant questions, but so far I have been aaaalways shoting just 35mm (can't wait to start playing with medium format, though! -hope soon I can start developing as well!)
     
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    Any proffesional lab will process it, (not walgreens sav-on wal-mart etc.) it isnt to expensive at all, I get mine done for $7 or so. I process all my b&w stuff myself so that is almost free. good luck in the medium format world...It is awesome.
     
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    I just got my first roll of 120 developed at my local camera store w/ 5x5 prints for $10.24.

    I REALLy like med format.
     
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    I agree with you mountain.... Medium format is the BEST isnt it? a bit of a Hassle (where the camera gets its name mabey?) but once you get used to it it is Butter.
     
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    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    It's around $10 for 120 C41 develop and a set of prints at my local pro lab.
     
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    I actually like the hassle (and would love a Hasselblad also :mrgreen:.) The process is one the things I enjoy the most about it.
     
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    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    The cameras are usually bigger, but to me roll film is roll film. If anything, I find handling the larger 120 film in the darkroom to be easier than 35mm.
     
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    I agree. I use plastic reels and just push it on.

    Im just wondering, what medium format gear are you guys shooting on?
     
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    The only problem i have is that there aren't any notches on the 120 film.

    ....granted half the time the notches get in the way more than they help..... boy do I love those old fashioned metal reels
     
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    You had to out do me with your metal reel savvy, didnt you trog?

    cant you load 2 rolls of 120 on 1 metal reel?
     
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    And on top of that it costs you a Blad-y fortune as well! (couldn't resist!):mrgreen:
     
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    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    Notches? I don't know what you guys are talking about? Like film ID notches? I use metal reels. 120 goes on like butter, unless the reel is bent.

    I use an Ansco Titan 6x6 folder for my carry around point-n-shoot. I've never used it for client work, but it does a fantastic job for the family album.

    My favorite all around camera is my Rolleiflex 3.5E planar. I use it when I need accurate focusing (the Titan has no focus assist), but still want compact size, and hand holdability. The downside is it only has a 75mm lens.

    When I don't mind carrying a big kit, or I need different focal lengths I use a Pentax 67II or a Hasselblad 500c/m.

    I use a Norita 6x6 SLR as my beater. It's ugly, built like a tank, fairly inexpensive, and the 80mm lens is f/2, which is great for low light photography in bars and at shows.
     

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