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I just finished my first roll of a 35mm slide film and it is time to get it processed. I checked few places online and the options are to get them processed "mounted" or "unmounted".

So what do these places mean by mounting a film for processing and how does it change the quality of final output?

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you see, when a man and his film love each other very much... – Agos Jan 26 '12 at 14:49
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You can have slide film processed like normal film, left in long strips, or more commonly they are individually cut into single frames and mounted in a cardboard or plastic holder, which keeps them flat, and these mounted slides can then be put in a cartridge of a slide projector. The mounts can be seen here.

The processing is exactly the same, so no difference in quality. The mounting is done after the film is processed and dried.

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cheapest of course is to have it processed without mounting and use a light table to select for mounting only those frames you want to actually display. The rest can be stored as strips in acid free paper sleeves. – jwenting Jan 26 '12 at 7:10

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