I'm looking for a place to get my 35mm film (color slide and B&W) developed and scanned by mail with a focus on quality. I have a good local shop about 10mi away from me that does great development but horrible horrible scanning and its a PITA to drive up there.

I noticed another person asked about online photo developing with an eye on inexpensiveness, but I'm looking for quality developing/scanning, something on par to if I did it myself with my Nikon 5000ED scanner (which I'd like to sell as I don't want to do it myself anymore).

  • \$\begingroup\$ Are we talking about somewhere within the US here? \$\endgroup\$
    – Edd
    Nov 1, 2010 at 10:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yup, w/in the US. On the west coast for bonus points. \$\endgroup\$
    – Shizam
    Nov 1, 2010 at 14:56
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    \$\begingroup\$ Would this question be community wiki material? \$\endgroup\$
    – Sean
    Mar 25, 2011 at 18:58

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I have been looking for film developers, too.

I stumbled upon Ken Rockwell's recommendation of North Coast Photo http://www.northcoastphoto.com/

I haven't used them myself.. so can't speak.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Ultimately went with North Coast Photo as they offer a really good price for their high quality scans (> 16MP). I tried thedarkroom.com as well, they're ok but their larger scan sizes were too small for the amount they were charging in comparison to NCP. \$\endgroup\$
    – Shizam
    May 28, 2013 at 18:47

I've used A&I a few times. They have a good reputation and I was happy, though I'm not a film expert by any means. I think you have to pay extra for good scans (the ones I got were fine but nothing special).

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks reid, I sent them an email asking for some more information. I'll send some recent film off and see what I get back :) \$\endgroup\$
    – Shizam
    Oct 31, 2010 at 4:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Shizam How did this go? \$\endgroup\$
    – Evan Krall
    Jul 19, 2012 at 20:37

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