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Film Processing

I'm looking for a wee bit of advice please!

My father recently found his old Minolta XD-7 in a cupboard and has sent it over to me. Having a quick look at it I found that it had a film still in it which has probably been there for a long while, 15-20 years or so. I'm not entirely sure if there any shots on it or if it was a new film "ready to go" as it didn't take much winding back into the spool.

Naturally I'm interested to see if there is anything on the film.

I would rather send it for processing to someone that would give me some feedback as to what, if anything, was on the film and if it was past its sell by date" for instance.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to any firms / camera shops that would do this for me?

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It would help if you said what type of film it is.
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Nothing special. A Fujicolor Superia 200 CA135.
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Re: Film Processing

It's C-41 process so you could see if a lab will process it without making prints. An alternative is process it in black and white chemistry which will give you black and white negatives.
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Re: Film Processing

Thanks David,

Is there any particular lab you would recommend?
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Re: Film Processing

Sorry, it's 15 years since I dealt with a lab in the UK.
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Re: Film Processing

Whereabouts are you, David? Isle of Man as your avatar suggests? I have no idea about anyone there, butI have heard people here recommend Peak Imaging in Sheffield - http://www.peak-imaging.co.uk/ .

We have a small place in Salisbury, imaginatively called Salisbury Photo Centre - http://fujilab.eu/ - who will happily do all sorts of film processing. Ian, the boss, used to work in a Fuji pro lab and knows his stuff, I've always had first-class results there. Ian told me that once someone came in with a camera with film in of a size and type he had never seen but after a bit of research he managed to get some images off it.

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Re: Film Processing

John,

Many thanks for the recommendations. I 'phoned up Peak Imaging and the film is now in a jiffy bag will be on its way to Sheffield tomorrow.

I'm a Manx "exile" up in the North East of Scotland. I'm guessing with "bikie" in your name that you recognised the 3 Legs from the TT's?

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Re: Film Processing

Wrong sort of bikie, David - skinny tyres, 27 gears and an overweight middle-aged engine for me! I had a very good holiday on the IoM a long time ago (was in the Station Hotel in Port Erin when it came on the news that Argentina had surrendered in the Falnklands) and Christine Collister is one of my favourite singers, so I tend to notice the three-legged references.

Good luck with Peak. From what you've said I suspect the film will come out blank, but it's got to be worth a try.

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I never noticed the IoM avatar and I've been to the TT (and ridden the circuit on a friends race bike).
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Re: Film Processing

Quick update. Peak Imaging processed the film for me but unfortunately there wasn't anything on the film. No big surprise I guess but you never know.

Many thanks to John and David for their replies and advice.

It's the first time that I have used Peak Imaging but I couldn't of asked for a more friendly and efficient service.
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Re: Film Processing

Always worth a try even if the result is disappointing. Thanks for the feedback re Peak, it's always useful to know of good places.

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